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This clip is not a good look for Bam Adebayo


Kentucky is ranked 297th in two-point field goals allowed per game and this clip of Bam Adebayo giving up a routine layup is a prime of example of why teams are scoring so easily on the Cats.

Watch as Adebyao completely steps out of Antonio Blakeney’s way, allowing a simple, uncontested bucket from point blank range.

The announcers said, “That’s matador right there.”


Calipari opened his press conference by saying, “Defensively again, Bam got his third foul. He just stopped playing down that end. He just, like, ran from layups. Look, he fouled, not us. You’re the one that fouled 94 feet from the basket. You got to go play now or you can’t play, just stay out.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

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30 Comments for This clip is not a good look for Bam Adebayo

  1. ukjaybrat
    11:31 am February 8, 2017 Permalink

    bam and humphries had 3 fouls each with 13 minutes left in the game. was he supposed to step in and get another foul called? he’d be on the bench the rest of the game. 2 points is 2 points. you can get that back. but a 4th foul is one step away from being out for good.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:54 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      If you’re playing like that, what difference does it make if you foul out anyway? We would have that same defense playing 4 on 5.

    • 7mm08
      12:55 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      If he isn’t going to defend or rebound, then what exactly is the point of him being in there anyway?

    • Rod Crandler
      1:53 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      What bothers me more is that he almost never blocks out. In that clip he just assumes the player is going to make it and never even attempts to block out and get a possible miss.

    • Han
      5:00 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      He’s playing too timid, partially because of bad officiating and partially because the coaches haven’t helped him adjust to the college whistle. Also doesn’t help that we don’t have anyone consistently blocking shots next to Bam. I love the effort Gabriel’s giving right now, but both he and Willis are nonexistent on defense sometimes.

      But our whole team sucks at blocking out, and last night’s game, there were at least 2-3 rebounds that our guys just watched bounce, all expecting someone else to get it.

  2. truebluethroughandthrough
    11:43 am February 8, 2017 Permalink

    If i am Bam, I’m stepping out of the way right there with 3 fouls too. There’s WAY bigger problems than letting a hard drive to the rim go with 3 fouls.

    • Luether
      6:50 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      The only place for a matador defender is on the bench…

  3. pcefrog5
    11:45 am February 8, 2017 Permalink

    direct quote after the UNC game :
    Q. What goes through your mind when Bam fouls out? How important was it for the team to win without him?
    COACH CALIPARI: Oh, just winning was important, but Bam has to understand you can’t go near people. Like when they’re driving in and they’re going to have a lay-up, then give them the lay-up. I keep telling them, this isn’t football. That is not a touchdown. We may score in four seconds. Give them the lay-up. Your foul kills us. That basket we’ll make up. We’re the fastest team out there. We’ll throw it in, throw it in, 2-3, guess what? It’s a 2-for-1, we’re great. But they don’t get it yet. They still, I’ve got to stop this guy from scoring. What? If you didn’t play him before he caught it, you made a mistake already. He’s probably going to score on you, just don’t foul him. He’s a college player, so he may miss it. Just don’t foul him. He’s learning.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:34 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      Touche’. I forgot that…so are Bam, Monk, and Fox just doing what they were told?
      Cal might want to clarify that.

    • unbridled
      2:29 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      THANK YOU!

  4. J-Dub421
    12:00 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    That’s not on Bam, that’s on Fox for not getting back and staying in front of his man.

    • unbridled
      2:29 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      THANK YOU!

    • Han
      5:02 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      Cal’s had so many years here where we had someone very good at protecting the rim playing at the 5 or the 4, so our guards could gamble a bit more and we still didn’t give up easy layups. This year, Gabriel and Willis both play out by the arc a lot, and Bam’s not Anthony Davis or Noel or WCS or Towns with great block timing and recovery speed.

  5. GTx2
    12:25 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    Some of the older cats under Cal that struggled with some of the things this team does need to come in and address the current team….

  6. EdC
    12:59 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    “Look, he fouled, not us. You’re the one that fouled 94 feet from the basket. You got to go play now or you can’t play, just stay out.”

    The way I read that is stop with the totally stupid fouls 94 feet from the basket. You commited them. Live with them but you aren’t getting enough done to be an offensive only player. You’re not offsetting the free points you are giving up.

    Is Cal being hypocritical? Yea he contradicted himself but Bam needs to stop with the silly pickup game fouls that get him into this position way too often.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:36 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      Good point.

    • Han
      5:06 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      Cal has been hypocritical a few times this year, which may be part of why there seem to be problems with Monk sometimes. Cal tore him a new one for “chinning up” when he got t’d on a dunk, but he didn’t chin up, and if he held on too long, it was only just barely. The ref, not surprisingly, had a poor whistle.

      So when Cal screams at his guys for plays like that or giving up a layup instead of fouling (since screaming at the ref for bad calls might get him tossed), it probably makes them second guess themselves a bit more and be a bit resentful that he’s not standing up to the refs for them.

      I think Cal getting tossed in a game after a bad call might go a long way with some of the young guys (Monk, Bam, and Fox) when it comes to intensity and playing with a chip on their shoulder. It’s worked for Cal before.

  7. Mc12
    1:12 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    This makes me appreciate what Nerlens did at Ole Miss with 4 fouls a few years ago. He had the ability and instincts to play great defense while not fouling. That was one of the best defensive games I’ve ever seen.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:39 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      Agree; that was an impressive performance. How many blocks did he have on that one series….4?
      I still say if Nerlens had not been injured, we make the NCAA tourney, and might have won a couple games.

    • J-Dub421
      1:42 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      12 blocks for Nerlens that night.

    • runningunnin.454
      2:06 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      And, Ole Miss was not a joke that year; I think they won the SEC tourney, and beat Wisconsin in the NCAA.

    • Han
      5:06 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      That was a great game. I think Willie gave us a long stretch with 4 fouls and like 5 blocks that year against Missouri, maybe, when we were trying to make the post season without Noel.

  8. A_Blue_Wildcat
    1:17 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t blame Bam as much as the guards. Every time we miss a shot or turn it over the guards, except Hawkins, slowly jog back and don’t even try to stop ball. This causes a massive disadvantage for Bam and the other bigs because they now have to defend multiple players and play great help defense. Someone please for the love of god tell Fox and Monk to get their ass back on defense and take pride in not allowing their man to score 20 every night.

    • unbridled
      2:32 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      THANK YOU!!!

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:41 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      You can’t say things like that, there are kids in the hospital watching the game that would not appreciate it.

      ^^^ this is sarcasm. I said the exact same thing, as I watched Fox lose the ball at the three-point line last night and the guy that took it from him was shooting a layup and Fox, the fastest guy on the court, did not even cross half-court to trying to chase him. And someone responded to me about a picture on Twitter of a kid watching the game and how I should have to go to his room and tell him my opinion

    • Han
      5:11 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      I will say Fox really turned up his effort on the press last night, something he, Briscoe and Hawkins were great at early in the year. (It’s why we were getting so many transition baskets.) But otherwise, most of the guys aren’t playing smart on D. It’s so unusual for a Cal team to be so poor at defense, rebounding and blocked shots. Ice cold from 3 or the foul line we’re used to, but the rest, those have been Cal’s bread and butter here.

  9. RealCatsFan
    2:41 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    I agree with a lot of what has been said, but I will go on to say that a lot of this is due to the changes in foul calling by the refs. The phantom calls were there is little or no contract makes the players unsure of how they can play defense without getting in foul trouble. They probably didn’t call those fouls in HS. I don’t want it to go back to the rugby that they were playing before, but I have to think this has something to do with it.

    • Han
      5:13 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

      There was a call last night, a block/charge that went against us. I think it might have been Gabriel trying to draw the charge. I don’t know if he had his heel in the restricted circle or not, but what drove me nuts was that the ref on the baseline, right by the play, didn’t call it a block. The ref on the opposite side of the floor, over by the announcers, came running across to blow his whistle.

      The number of times I’ve seen a ref way out of position overrule another ref this year is driving me nuts.

  10. cdc_uky
    2:56 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    The guards can’t stay in front of their men. The 4s and Bam never put themselves in the right position to defend. When things breakdown, we stop playing team ball and cannot right the ship.

  11. Han
    4:57 pm February 8, 2017 Permalink

    Seems like he’s so used to being in foul trouble that he’s just not trying to defend so he can avoid a foul.

    Compare to Humphries who hasn’t caught on yet that the refs are going to call a foul on him if he reaches toward the ball or straight up in the air.

    I’m not a fan of officiating this year or the way UK’s coaches have adjusted to help their big men stop fouling. The zone has helped a little, but we really only go to it once Bam is on the bench with 2 quick fouls.

    Frankly, not having a long rim protector this year is killing us because Cal’s system is so used to it. Other teams have no reason to avoid the paint, and knowing the refs are whistling Bam and Humphries, 2 big reasons to drive.