Earlier today ESPN writer Eamonn Brennan wrote (with a sense of humor, I might add) about his thoughts on his excitement to see the UK Platoon system. Brennan has a great metaphor of a knot to explain the predicament Kentucky found themselves in with so many starters returning this summer.
That’s what I’m most excited to see in 2014-15: a real, legitimate five-in-five-out platoon, a team so big and talented that its coach can split it into two discrete groups and still almost always have the five best players on the court.
There are, after all, only so many minutes to go around. Lineup calculus can be the most difficult, nuanced knot a coach must untie. At this early date, it’s clear Kentucky really does have 10 totally starting-spot-worthy players on its roster. Back in April, the idea was more like a funny concept for a video-game simulation. Too much size? Too many players? Why untie a knot when you can slice it in half?
He has a point. This year it isn’t just one player I am most excited to see, it’s the entire team. In the Bahamas, we got to see the first glance of the platoon and I was left just wanting to see more. It worked until Poythress was hurt, which was worrisome. However once WCS and Lyles return to the court, there will be two 6th men waiting on the bench to replace a player who might not be having a good game.
We should probably enjoy it while we can, though. Calipari will be doing something which hasn’t really been seen in college basketball before on this level. Once Kentucky starts winning games on this new system people will call it unfair and make it out to seem that Kentucky has no morals. Just like people who say you can’t win with Freshmen, there will be a group of people bringing the ‘clutter’ the team has suffered from in the past. (They always find a way right?).
What are you most excited for this season after seeing the games in the Bahamas? Is it more of the Platoon system?