The post-Bahamas swagger from John Calipari is long gone, as it should be. The Cats are not off to a great start this season, to say the least, and Friday night’s game against Tennessee State didn’t help convince anyone this is a good Kentucky team.
Calipari went as far to say this is not a very good team right now, which is how everyone pretty much feels through six regular season games.
“Look, folks. The reality of it is, we’re a ways away,” he said in his postgame press conference. “We’re not a very good team right now. We have no confidence defensively, which bleeds into your offense. Then you have no confidence offensively… I wish we were further along defensively. But we’re not.”
For this team and these players to grow into something special, a la the 2014-15 team, it must start by improving its defense. Calipari said the offense is fine, but the confidence on the defensive end is non-existent.
“We just got a long way to go,” he told the postgame show.
And it all begins with the defense.