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WATCH: John Calipari recaps first weekend of practice, looks ahead to start of season

“Three days, five practices.”

Following the first weekend of practices for the 2020-21 Kentucky Men’s Basketball team, head coach John Calipari gave the Big Blue Nation a sweet Sunday night surprise. Watch below as Cal details what he’s seen from his new-look ‘Cats, who have 10 fresh faces on the floor, along with his thoughts on how this team will perform early in the season.

Calipari was honest almost to a point as he spoke straight to the camera, addressing immediate concerns he’s already spotted.

“We went two-a-days Saturday and Sunday, and I’m telling you they got after it, they were tired,” Calipari said. “Our skill set is good, not where it needs to be… Too many missed layups, too many missed open shots. Fairly good with the ball. We’re a pretty strong team for being all new.”

This was a video that felt unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Calipari: coming out several weeks before the season, addressing the fanbase directly, and letting everyone know that the execution will be rough from the jump. It’s a sentiment that Calipari has subtly explained over past preseasons for years now, but to have him come out and say it explicitly feels… Different.

“Right now, I’m waking up early, I’m ready to go, and I got a good team,” Calipari continued. “But, early on, we’re not going to be an execution team. We’re gonna make errors, we’re gonna have high turnovers, we’re gonna miss shots we should make. But we’re gonna block some balls, we’re gonna fly up and down, we’re gonna do some things that will show signs of what we can be. The problem is, we’ll have the toughest non-conference schedule in the country and we could get dinged early, I just got to make sure it doesn’t knock ’em down to where we can’t do what we’re trying to do.

“But I’m having a ball. I’m not sure they are, but I know I am.”

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

4 Comments for WATCH: John Calipari recaps first weekend of practice, looks ahead to start of season

  1. millertim
    11:09 am October 19, 2020 Permalink

    Mintz and Sarr are the keys to this year’s team— steady ball handler, and post presence, not to mention leadership. Both look good in the few clips we seen thus far but there’s plenty of D-1 experience and film on these guys to know they’re HUGE for the progress and development of this team into a title contender.

  2. Catsfan2819
    12:48 pm October 19, 2020 Permalink

    Does anyone know anything about Keion Brooks? He hasn’t been in any practice videos or pictures, and I’m worried its a injury. Haven’t seen any news so its probably not a major injury, but still worrsiome getting closer to the season starting.

  3. Dustin Rumbaugh
    1:32 pm October 19, 2020 Permalink

    He’s the guy to be leading this team. No doubt about it. Might knock his recent recruiting….but we’ve let guys go that we would’ve regretted getting (Zion would’ve shut us DOWN and Cal knew it). Our kids FIGHT!!! We might not always win but our kids are ALWAYS GOOD and they always fight and our program doesn’t cheat. We have the best program in the country and there’s no argument about that. The final fours will continue and the 2nd championship will come.

  4. Dustin Rumbaugh
    1:33 pm October 19, 2020 Permalink

    Duke gets away with it. Cal knew that he couldn’t even though he fantasized about coaching him. FACT.