As you might expect, Skal Labissiere answered plenty of questions about his disappointing freshman season at Kentucky at yesterday’s media opportunity. You’ve gotta hand it to Skal, it couldn’t have been an easy subject to talk about, but he handled it like the pro he’s about to become; in fact, he’s turning a negative into a positive. To borrow a line from the legendary Kelly Clarkson, Skal said that while he struggled at Kentucky, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
“Just how to be mentally tough, that’s the main thing for me,” Skal said of the lesson he learned in Lexington. “I got better as a basketball player but the main thing was being mentally tough. I actually think my year at Kentucky is going to help me in the future, big time. Things didn’t go the way I wanted them to go, but I think it’s really going to help me in the future.”
“There were some days it was really, really hard, but by the end of the year, I did get better, which was good and I think it’s going to help me.”
Most interesting to me were Skal’s comments about John Calipari, who rode him pretty hard during certain points in the season. Skal admitted he questioned Cal’s motives at times, but knew he wanted the best for him.
“It was good,” Skal said of his relationship with Cal. “You know, he was on me all of the time. There were some days where I was like questioning it a little bit, but he was on me the most out of everybody. He saw the potential in me, he wanted me to get better, he was pushing me every single day, screaming at me. It was all out of love, he really cares about his players. Our relationship is good.”
Good to hear.
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