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Calipari to team: Be like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

After Kentucky’s loss to Auburn — their fourth straight — John Calipari pulled his guys together and gave them the blueprint to turn things around: Be like Shai. 

“I had a meeting with the team and said, who’s our best player? Shai [Gilegous-Alexander]. Really. So, let’s talk about how he’s gotten to this point. And I went through it, including in the weight room. If you go and ask Rob [Harris] who’s the best in the weight room, he’s going to say Shai.”

Like so many Calipari gym rats before him, Shai started getting up early to work out on his own back in December, a habit that’s finally trickling down to the rest of the squad.

“I just grabbed them and said if you want to know why he’s changed and why he’s elevated his game, this is why. Doesn’t miss a class. Never late for a tutor. I’ve never met a player undisciplined off the court that is disciplined on the court. It just doesn’t work that way. If you’re undisciplined, there’s a point in the game where you will just break down.”

Kentucky won three straight since that meeting, meaning Shai’s leadership by example is clearly working.

“I just wanted to be the best that I could possibly be for this team,” Shai told reporters. “To do that, I had to put in extra work. Those are the things I just do.”

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5 Comments for Calipari to team: Be like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander



  1. Luether
    4:31 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    Another good post, Mrs TT…



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:30 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      On Cal after the WVU win:

      Luether January 28, 2018 at 1:34 am | Permalink
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      Let’s not go overboard. A broken clock is right twice a day. A blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn…

      Luether December 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Like it or not, all UK basketball coaches are pretty much graded on how many championships they’ve won. Cal has only one and has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at least a couple of times…

      Luether January 11, 2018 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
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      Ky winning a football SEC C’ship? Ha! Not in my lifetime and probably not in Edwards’ either…

      On Drew Barker transferring:

      Luether January 28, 2018 at 1:24 am | Permalink | Reply
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      Should have stuck it out. No respect for quitters…

      On Brad Calipari’s tattoo:

      Luether December 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
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      Just a punk move by Cal Jr…

      On Cal donating to charities:
      Luether July 1, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
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      Gag me with a spoon…

      “UK Basketball Recruiting Rewind: Anthony Davis”
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      $200 K is a lot of $$$…

      On UK not being contacted by the FBI:
      Luether October 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
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      Naive…

      Luether November 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Enjoy the moment. This is as good as it gets, Ky football fans…

      Luether November 11, 2017 at 12:41 am | Permalink | Reply
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      Dook all the way…

      On Hami Diallo:
      Luether November 11, 2017 at 12:34 am | Permalink | Reply
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      This is the same guy who disappeared in the Centre game – 3 for 9 from the field and 5 turnovers. Need consistency…

      Luether September 28, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Permalink
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      Would have loved KAT more if he had lead us to a championship…

      Luether May 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink
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      Way past time for 9…

      On Derek Willis:
      Luether July 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
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      Looking forward to seeing him in the “D” league…

      On Hami Diallo:
      Luether May 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm | Permalink
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      Briscoe 2.0?

      Luether September 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Hope none of the investigation blows back on Cal or Ky assistants…

      Luether September 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
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      Innocent until proven guilty…

      Luether September 26, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      If the NCAA didn’t even wrist slap North Carolina, why should U of L get the death penalty?

      Luether May 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm | Permalink
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      This will be a typical Cal coached FT shooting team. For the Democrats in the audience, this means we’ll lose some games because of poor FT shooting…

      Luether September 20, 2017 at 10:07 pm | Permalink
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      Nice try but Darius Miller will never be an NBA starter…

      Luether September 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Ky is and should be an underdog playing at SC…

      Luether September 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      This Louisville story is also about greedy Democrat parents pimping out their son’s to the highest bidder…

      Luether September 26, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      If the NCAA didn’t even wrist slap North Carolina, why should U of L get the death penalty?

      Luether May 15, 2017 at 9:30 pm | Permalink
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      It’s laughable and ignorant to compare Jarren Williams, a Rivals 3 star player, to Teddy Bridgewater…

      Luether November 26, 2016 at 11:23 pm | Permalink
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      “While Lamar Jackson was focused on giving Heisman poses almost every time he touched the ball”

      A bit of an exaggeration don’t you think Jackie Boy?

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      YGBK. Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Am proud of Stephen Johnson, but Lamar Jackson is Superman…

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      Lamar Jackson is Superman and the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner…



  2. mothandras
    4:32 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    Well I would be tickled pink if SGA decided to come back for another year.. I know there is a snowball chance in hell of that happening but he could be the key for a deep run next year.



    • Rembrandt
      6:15 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t see that happening. Shai is already in the mid-first round, and his draft position is climbing. He has the length and defensive skills they are looking for, and he can get to the rim. I would be amazed if he returns next year.



  3. AmazzzingLarry
    11:44 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    SGA is true Cal success story, the most dramatic change during a season since maybe Josh Harrelson. But the player I would want my guys to model themselves after is Vanderbilt. He is pure energy, 100% all the time. Vanderbilt is building a case for the NBA now, but man if he would stay another year… scary.