Fresh off a hearty meal from the new Bojangles in London, John Calipari opened the doors of the Joe Craft Center up to the Lexington media for a pre-Bahamas press conference, where he hinted at what basketball fans can expect in the six games next week. You’ll find four of them below:
Coach Cal won’t coach every game.
KSR heard a rumor last week that Calipari might sit in the stands during some of the games, rather than coaching his team from the sidelines. Cal confirmed that rumor today when he said he will let his assistants do some of the coaching in the Bahamas. My understanding is he wants to step back and take it all in without worry about game management. That means handing over control to his assistants and joining the fans, where I have no doubt he will continue to shout at the top of his lungs.
UK will press in the Bahamas, but not often.
UK will use a press next week but it won’t be nearly as frequent as Cal plans to use it in the regular season. They’ll have plenty of time to work on it and make adjustments before real basketball rolls around. These next six games will make good practice.
Players will sub in and out, five at a time.
He called it the “platoon” system of substitutions. The plan is to play two five-man rotations, subbing them in and out all at once.
Cal believes UK should lose all six of its games on the foreign tour, so he says. While the teams the Cats will play are professional teams, I bet he has higher expectations of his bunch than he is leading on.
More from Cal’s Wednesday afternoon press conference to come…