Tai Wynyard is Sick
Cal screamed “Get out!” when he spotted Wynyard keeling over a garbage can. At this point, pretty much everybody has been sick except Bam, Monk and Briscoe.
The bad news about Wynyard: he’s one of the few guys playing with toughness. Calipari likes inserting him into the lineup just to be nasty on the glass and the defensive end of the floor. His message to the others: “Ya gotta go in there and fight or I’ll play other people.”
Excited to Reboot
While most might put their head between their legs after Saturday night’s disaster, Calipari is embracing the adversity, accepting the challenge that lies ahead. The only thing that brings him more joy than winning is experimenting with new things, then seeing the experiment work. He is confident he can do just that with this team.
He just had one request for fans: “Let me do my thing a little bit with these guys.”
Cal Still Hates Zone
“I hate to tell you, our zone has been unbelievable.”
Calipari feels like he’s waving a white flag when his team goes zone, but it’s been successful. Of the nine buckets they’ve surrendered in zone defense, six of them were self-inflicted. Still, Cal sees the zone as just another “bullet in the gun.”
“At the end of the day, when this year winds down, we MUST be a defensive team that can go get 7-8 stops in a row (in) man-to-man.”
Sass and Sarcasm
Cal didn’t sound like his team just went through a terrible loss. Along with the anxious “reboot” energy, he brought snark. A fan’s perspective is relative. His example:
- Cal: “What’s our record?”
- Leach: “18 and 5.”
- Cal: “No. I thought it was 5 and 18?”
That sass, snark, sarcasm, whatever you call it wasn’t just for the fans, it’s for his players. Instead of simply dunking it the ball, Bam Adebayo has a problem dribbling the ball in the post when he’s a foot away from the rim, leading to turnovers. Today at practice, Bam was dunking the ball instead of dribbling.
“Why wouldn’t you bounce it?” He asked sarcastically. “You can get it tipped away!”