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UK Fans of the Day Want Notes From John Calipari’s Blue-White Game Press Conference


John Calipari met briefly with the media today to discuss tomorrow night’s intrasquad scrimmage. Read a rundown of his comments below, brought to you by my friend Claire and her family with Anthony Davis.


Poythress back from knee bruise, just needs to play.

Alex Poythress will be back in action tomorrow night after sitting out the last three or four days with a knee bruise. Cal wasn’t sure if it was the same knee that kept him out last season, but he’ll go in the Blue-White game.

“He’s just gotta play his way through it and start playing.”

Cal wants Poythress to lead the nation in rebounding this season.

“Be a beast.”

No real rotation yet.

Cal will change teams throughout the scrimmage tomorrow night as he continues to toy around with rotations. He did say fans will get a look at the three guards (Ulis, Briscoe and Murray) on one squad, but there is no real rotation just yet.

When I attended practice last week, the three guards played together with Marcus Lee and Skal Labissiere the entire afternoon.

He wants to see Skal fight more.

Skal has done well in his first few weeks of practice, but Cal wants to see him do more. He wants to see more fight, more rebounds and more blocked shots.

“React on offense and defense quicker,” said Cal. “A lot of stuff that he’s done has not been based on that, so this is all new. But he’s good.”

“If you’re going to be any good, you’re going to have to have one or two gamers.”

He defines gamers as players who want to make the play when the game is on the line, guys who are not afraid to miss the game-winning shot.

“I think we have a couple of those on this team.”

Brandon Knights, we call them.

This team benefitted from earlier practice start.

Cal is grateful for the early October start, as opposed to beginning practice in mid-October. With the most inexperienced team in the country, he said he couldn’t imagine putting his team out there on national TV with only two weeks of practice. He’s thrown some things away after four or five days and the extended practice time has allowed a little more patience in figuring things out.

They will press this season.

And some players have already been told they will not play when the team is pressing.

“The train’s moving…”

“… you can be on the train or you’re running from behind and you better run real fast and grab, because this train is moving.”

That’s his message to his team this season.

“Everything around here is moving.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Notes From John Calipari’s Blue-White Game Press Conference

  1. Just Say'n
    3:39 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Right, Cal doesn’t know which knee was bruised on Poythress? I call total BS on that statement. I really like what Cal has done since arriving, but sometimes he says things that make absolutely no sense. I’m really hoping someone misinterpreted what he had to say on this one. As valuable as Poythress appears to be, there’s no way he doesn’t know which knee.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:20 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      I think you’re reading too much into the comment. I’m sure he knows which knee, but he doesn’t want Alex thinking about it because it’s just a bruise and not a re-injury of the blown-out knee.

  2. Dieter
    4:32 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Glad you like Cal, Just Say’n. He’s a pretty good coach. Both of y’all reading a whole lot into that either way. Over-analyzing an innocuous statement from Cal about one of Alex Poythress’ appendages is just what I’d expect from my fellow UK fans. Good lord, throw the ball up. Let’s go. You people are crazy.

  3. Dieter
    4:34 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Double-reverse inverse motivational pirate mind beam knee injury techniques from Cal!

  4. Glenn Fohr
    4:38 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Cal is such a used car salesman. But he is our used car salesman!

  5. ChicagoCat
    4:59 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Interesting that some players have been told already they will not play when the team is pressing. My money is on Humphries, Mulder, Poythress (if only because Marcus Lee probably works better in the press), and one of either Briscoe or Murray (since Charles Matthews has more length and has been talked about as a bulldog on defense). Getting excited for some bball…

    • ChicagoCat
      5:05 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      Meant to include Willis on the list too… for obvious reasons.

    • theWilkman
      6:03 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      I seriously doubt Poythress is on the list. If he is even 90% back to pre-injury, he’s our best defender. The others make sense, although I doubt Cal wants to keep Murray off the court when the game is close.

    • Probably Not
      6:12 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      Willis won’t be playing when we don’t press either

  6. Frank Kaminsky
    5:05 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    Full court press is coming a year too late, but I thank you for that.

    • Gosh Darn!
      8:02 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      What a brilliant post! You must be a professional writer. Please don’t hold back. There must be more of that wit…