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Calipari: “This could be really special”


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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for Calipari: “This could be really special”

  1. gordonm
    3:56 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Cal doing it with his eyes closed.

  2. Porcino's
    3:57 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Called this gif during the live blog. Just keep it on the front page, at all times. It will not get old this year.

  3. Gman
    3:59 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    His comment about team Chemistry seemed strange, why would he even bring it up unless he has sensed some brewing? I sure hope not, but the comment sure seemed random.

    • Have you been paying attention?
      4:04 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Jeff Goodman has already brought the subject up saying guys are going to get mad because they won’t get pt.

    • gordonm
      4:12 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Leadership, where are you?

    • What...?
      5:04 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Why worry about this when it’s clearly not even present on the court. Just sayin.

  4. njCat
    4:05 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Danny Trevathan… broken kneecap. that sucks

  5. njCat
    4:12 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    All isn’t lost though. My sister will be sharing my bed tonight.

  6. coco
    4:31 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    I can’t want for game againstthe Dominican team which is really good. Dif from Puerto Rico thats the team thats going to the World Cup. They have Edgar Sosa, Feldeine(is really Good), Francisco Garcia(NBA), Eulis Baez, JackMichael(a Beast) and Eloy Vargas…. They should beat us…

    • What...?
      5:02 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      You said Eloy Vargas 🙂 like he’s a threat for that game.

  7. inside info
    4:45 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Mrs. TT, did you accidently get these quotes from last year before the season? That team was going to be “special” too if I remember correctly.

    I’m not going to get overhyped like I did last year. I was frustrated all season. I’m going to expect this to be a good team and if they are “special” then I will be a happy man.

    • ThatCrackerBZ
      4:59 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      You can listen to what others say and believe it or not, or you can use your eyes and do your own comparisons. Compare them to what we saw early last year, and compare them to what we saw early in 2011-2012. Then draw your own conclusions. I knew we had a tough road to hoe early in the season last year. Whether it was the dismal passing or all the lobs with poor timing; I just knew we weren’t there yet. However, in 11-12, that team showed flash early. Yes, they slipped up in december a bit, but we could see who they were very early in the season. Last year was frustrating because we could see tons of potential and it just wasn’t translating on the court. Bottom line is: i feel sorry for anyone who needs someone to tell them to be excited or not.

      But for Christ’s sake, watch the team play. get excited when we do well, get pissed when we don’t. This is what being a kentucky fan is about. We won’t always be the best team in the country. You should know this is you were a fan before Calipari came to town.

    • ThatCrackerBZ
      5:12 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Also, Mr. Undercover-Louisville-Fan, so last year wasn’t special? if you are a KY fan, you are the most spoiled rotten KY fan of all time.

  8. Han
    5:38 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    In the ESPN broadcast, he’d see a play developing, say what needed to happen, and the players did exactly that, both vets and freshmen. Definitely different from most previous teams early in the season.

    Poythress is thus far playing like he knows exactly what he needs to do (a la Jones at his best). The twins are looking for the better plays instead of trying to out-talent defenders. Guys are picking up D when someone misses a gamble, helping well except on a few cuts and transition. And the freshmen, especially Towns and Ullis, are bringing fire and energy, seeming like they’ve played with their teammates for years, not weeks.

    I know it’s an exhibition and the defenders have their livelihoods to think about, but we’ve not been making bad passes. Instead, we’re making the right additional passes to guys who are in the right spot. Still a few too many turnovers (mostly eagerness on breaks), but 21 assists today.

  9. Party Like It's 1996
    6:03 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Welcome back to the future. Certainly anything can happen and teams can struggle unexpectedly like last season but this team is special. Obviously match-ups in the Bahamas in August aren’t exactly that telling but this team is special. “That’s why the play the games” is some hard earned wisdom but this team is special. Final Four and championship predictions are shortsighted but this team is special. I don’t know where it will end up but just like the 96 team these kids will be bashing opponents’ brains in on a regular basis. For those of us who root for the Empire to squeeze the life out of the Rebel Alliance it will be a fun season to watch. This team is special.

  10. RexRox
    6:05 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    This team really DOES look special. I think the ‘chemistry’ issues that Cal is referring to is the challenge to keep everybody happy regarding playing time. So far everybody is saying all the right things. No reason to get excited. As for last year’s team, it was obvious from the outset that the team had quickness issues, and it would be a problem matching up with certain teams. I don’t believe that will be a problem this year. Cal can match up with big guards or small, quick guards; tall teams or 4-guard teams, etc. Providing they stay healthy (a concern for every team in sports), the Cats will be very, very hard to beat this season.