How many years does Coach John Calipari typically get with his players at Kentucky? Just look at the picture above… Usually, just one.
Of course, there are the exceptions: this season, the Cats had three players with quality minutes return for their sophomore season, for example. But when that isn’t the case, Calipari knows he has to work quickly.
“My job is to be patiently impatient,” Coach Cal said on his radio show Wednesday evening. “It goes faster here. We can’t say he’ll be better next year. We need them to be better next week or next month. We know they’ll get better in a year.”
Now that the Cats are into league play, they’ll play two games each week, drastically shortening the rest/recover/prep work time they had throughout the month of December. And before you know it, somehow it will be March, and the team will have to go out and compete in a “win or go home” format – it’s Calipari’s job to make sure they’re ready.
Following the conclusion of tonight’s call-in show (which was rescheduled due to traveling conflicts on Monday), the wonderful folks working at UK Athletics posted an extended version of “The Journey.” Check it out:
And if that isn’t enough for ya, check out the latest edition of the “Behind Kentucky Basketball” podcast, hosted by assistant coach Joel Justus and CoachCal.com editor TJ Beisner. The duo discusses Ashton Hagans’ latest performances and how Kentucky did against the Bulldogs. You can listen by clicking HERE.