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Seth Greenberg, Dan Dakich rave about Kentucky

Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich had front row seats to Kentucky’s 4-0 run in the Bahamas and spent the first 15 minutes of their latest podcast raving about John Calipari’s squad, specifically their character and competitiveness. I shared Dakich’s comments about Kentucky’s performance vs. Mega Bemax with you in the post before this one, but here’s more from their conversation.

“The thing that impressed me was the character of the kids,” Greenberg said. “That’s what impressed me. Here’s the deal: the kids take this trip to the Bahamas, they had ten days to practice. They’re playing good competition. Like I said, they didn’t play the Little Sisters of the Poor. They played good teams — not great teams, one team had a chance to get a guy drafted in the NBA — but those kids are lost in the game and they’re lost in each other. That’s what impressed me most. I thought they played really hard for a young group of kids. The hardest thing to do for a young team is to get them to play hard, to redefine playing hard. I thought they played hard.

“The second thing is to get a bunch of guys to play for each other. I can count on a hand how many bad shots I saw them making over those four games. You could see guys really appreciate each other’s success, and finally, this is a talented group. It’s a talented group that plays hard, plays together and some guys emerge. I’m not sure everyone knew that Tyler Herro could make shots, but he showed a floor game. Keldon Johnson was — you called him Miles Bridges, I think he’s more of a wing at this moment in time, but he played really, really hard. You could see how much these kids like ball because when they weren’t practicing or doing walk-throughs, two and a half hours before games, a good majority of those guys were in the gym. Not just in the gym getting up shots. Those dudes were in the gym working on their games, and to me, that said something about them understanding the responsibility of playing at Kentucky and also their passion about getting better.”

Like all of us, Greenberg and Dakich were floored by Sophomore Nick Richards, who averaged 12 points per game and looked like a totally different player than the one we saw last season.

“You fell in love with Nick Richards,” Greenberg said.

“I did!” Dakich said.

“First game, he’s blocking shots, knocking down baseline jumpers, dunking, demanding the ball. Nick Richards looked more comfortable. Like you said, not chin on the rim, but he played with his head up and he believed in himself and he had some success. I think, of any player on that team to have success, I thought Nick Richards was the most important player on Kentucky’s team to walk out of there feeling good about himself.”

“I thought he was really as good a player as Kentucky has on both ends of the court,” Dakich concurred.

Greenberg also praised Kentucky’s other sophomores, PJ Washington and Quade Green, who he said will play a crucial role.

“He struggled,” Greenberg said of Quade. “He was 1-11 the first game. He actually came back after that first game at midnight and got up shots, which is pretty incredible in terms of holding himself accountable. I thought his play, his leadership, his feel, his shot-making, he picked his spots, he made good decisions. And, I thought, as the week went along, PJ Washington did a lot of good things.”

To listen to the podcast yourself, visit ESPN or simply listen below.



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8 Comments for Seth Greenberg, Dan Dakich rave about Kentucky

  1. Catman1
    4:12 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    I went from hating dan dakich with a passion to him being one of my favorite in game broadcasters. BBN needs to embrace Dan. He is a good dude!

    • 4everUKblue
      4:54 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

      I agree, I really enjoyed listening to him in the Bahamas. Also still glad we did not get Bolden, bet K is wishing he hadn’t.

    • Cletis75
      11:44 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

      Hey now! If Bolden would have been smart enough to come here, he would have been a first rounder last season. We develop big men. Sometimes it takes 2 seasons to get them where they need to be( Nick and Willie and Jorts), but by hell we get them there.

  2. ScottGreene22
    6:38 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Have always liked Dakich!! He is a closet BBN homer.

  3. Cincy Cayt
    8:04 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Dakich is what he is…entertaining. I’m a fan.

  4. Kat4Life
    8:40 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    I never thought I would be typing this, but I am beginning to appreciate the guy for what he is. He will absolutely give us props if we deserve it, but unlike a few other media folks he’ll rip us when we deserve it too…..He was beyond gracious and complementary in the Bahamas, but we gave him a lot of reasons for that…….I’m coming around to Dan Dakich, dear god…….

  5. BBNJeffrey
    9:50 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    It makes me wonder if this trip helped him realize how the Kentucky fans really are; which in return gave him a different opinion of everyone and everything about Kentucky!!!!!!!

  6. Cletis75
    11:39 pm August 23, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe seeing how Bobby Knight looks like an old grump when he bashes “that team” made him realize he should celebrate good basketball instead of clinging to the ideas of an old hateful a$$. He seems to be coming around. I think a lot of the old guard is starting to see that Cal isn’t the bad guy that most people make him out to be.