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John Calipari Takes Blame for Team USA Loss to Canada

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After R.J. Barrett’s unstoppable 38 point-performance against Team USA, John Calipari shouldered the blame for failing to make defensive adjustments.

“R.J. (Barrett) had it going. I told the team after the game, I needed to try some different things – go zone, trap pick and roll, trap him,” Calipari said in a postgame statement.  “I kind of rode it because I thought we would figure out something, and that is my mistake. That’s not these kids’ mistake.”

The Americans shot just 33 percent, but Calipari believes they did enough offensively to win.  They just couldn’t stop the Canadians from scoring.

“We got 30 offensive rebounds. We scored enough points to win. But then it came down to some breakdowns defensively.”

Calipari is never happy after a loss, but he did not have sour grapes.

“The reality was, one kid really went crazy, and then the rest of their kids did what they did,” Calipari said. “Hats off to them. Congratulate Canada, they deserved to win the game.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

19 Comments for John Calipari Takes Blame for Team USA Loss to Canada



  1. bankerbh
    7:43 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    They give teams and coaches time outs and half time for a reason. One of which is to make adjustments. Doesn’t seem he will ever pick up the point that the 18 year olds aren’t that good at figuring it out on their own and he as the coach needs to do just that. Coach.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:06 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      I’m sure you have a much more impressive resume than Cal bankerbh…..runningunnin is right….stick to banking!



  2. runningunnin.454
    8:06 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    The U.S. team missed 18 FT’s…Cal can’t shoot for them.
    However, Cal is the best recruiter in the country, and here’s a little quote for you,
    “Jamal (Murray) is a friend of mine, and watching him play at Kentucky was something special, he said he loved it, and UK helped him get to the NBA”.
    R.J. Barrett



  3. Rick_S
    8:32 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Cal needs to come home..get rid of that fat belly and get ready to win a title.. he looks 8 months pregnant



    • 4everUKblue
      9:01 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      Must be nice to be perfect and flawless Rick S



    • Rick_S
      10:02 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      4everUKblue…Who said anything about needing to be perfect?.He just needs to drop about 40lbs…for his own health



  4. Rick_S
    8:34 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Also, needs a little ..just for men coloring 🙂



  5. abevh5
    9:15 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Well we may win from this you never know with cal



  6. kjd
    9:47 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Pretty much Cal’s standard comments after a loss.
    He won’t play zone and his teams struggle against a zone.
    He wins a lot because he gets so many of the best. He does a good
    job with so many young guys, but has a weakness with in-game adjustments. IMO



    • UKPROF
      1:17 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

      Correct kjd. Cal has yet to find a way to coach his teams on how not to get beat with the other team is playing zone defense. Since Cal has been at UK, I have never seen him make an adjustment at half time that altered what his opponent was doing. It is what it is and what you see is what you get. I don’t think Cal will be changing anything at this juncture in his career at UK. He can thank his lucky stars that he is able to get such outstanding talent.



  7. ABthetruth502
    9:55 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Calipari losing with a roster full of nba talent. Shocking



    • runningunnin.454
      11:12 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      Petino losing with a dorm full of professionals, too…..the oldest profession.



  8. ABthetruth502
    9:57 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    He must not care about titles on the interational level either



    • runningunnin.454
      11:16 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

      Inter rational….like your comment?
      By the way, how’s Rick going to get of that tattoo….Bon Ami and Brillo steel wool?



  9. Rick_S
    10:04 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    One day Cal will learn ..you need to mix up defenses .If someone is going off then you trap ,double team and let someone else beat you



  10. timewilltell
    10:52 pm July 8, 2017 Permalink

    Cal-best recruiter!
    Cal- not best coach!



  11. StuckinLville
    3:45 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    I dont understand. He makes this mistake all the time and says the same crap everytime. This is why we are short a couple of titles that we should have easily won. I love Coach Cal, but he has got to change his coaching mentality. Other coaches changes things up, he doesn’t and it’s pretty ridiculous he hasn’t learned from it.



  12. Cmart0907
    11:11 am July 9, 2017 Permalink

    Caliper is to damn arrogant and stuck up to make changes and adjustments.