Swaggy Cal was swaggy again today, practically giggling with glee during UK’s 93-57 win over Puerto Rico’s reserves. Cal came on the UK radio show with Matt, Tom, and Mike during halftime, and even though the broadcast cut out unexpectedly due to technical difficulties, Matt wanted to pass along some pretty great quotes. When asked about this year’s team, Cal said what we’re all thinking: “This could be pretty special.” With his team sharing the ball and communicating so well so early on, it’s hard not to be giddy; however, Cal did warn listeners not to let anyone “steal their joy” this season: “There will be outside forces who try to disrupt us by talking about ‘chemistry’ issues. Don’t listen to them.”
Cal then joined the ESPNU broadcast crew for a few segments, basically narrating the game for viewers at home. Cal raved about Alex Poythress, exclaiming after one putback dunk “that’s a special team making that play,” and specifically of Poythress, “who is that kid? How much better has he gotten?” Overall, Cal said he was pleased with Kentucky’s performance so far in the Bahamas because “they’re competing against good talent and they’re sharing the ball.” In fact, he said he’s gotten the most joy from watching the bench cheer their teammates on. “Watching the bench has been the best part of it for me,” Cal told Bilas. “You’ve got everybody really cheering for the other guys, and that’s what this has to be about.”
However, things get tougher starting on Friday, when Kentucky takes on Orlando Antigua, Eloy Vargas, and the Dominican Republic National Team. Cal said he’ll take over coaching duties for that game because “that team is a little different. They are really good. It’s going to be interesting.” (Isn’t that what we thought about the French squad?)
Until then, hump-ditty-ditty, Cats are looking pretty.