John Calipari sees a lot of good qualities in the 2013-14 version of the Louisville Cardinals, the nation’s sixth-ranked team. They’re a good rebounding club; they are veterans; but most of all, the thing that stands out the most: “they know what their roles are.”
“What Louisville does best is, the two guys take all the shots, the two guards,” he told reporters at this morning’s pre-Louisville press conference. “The other guys that are supposed to shoot threes, do it. The rebounders rebound. The screeners screen. The post plays behind, and they go rebound. Collectively, they know what their roles are.”
He said the guy on Kentucky’s team that does his role better than anyone else is Dominique Hawkins, who is UK’s seventh, eighth, maybe ninth man in the rotation. “What this team needs him to do, he does,” Cal said of Hawkins. “We’re trying to get everyone else to understand what they need to do to help our team become better.”
The question is, how much longer until these guys understand and embrace their roles? It’d be nice if they picked it up over Christmas break just in time for, oh, ya know, tomorrow’s game against Louisville.