“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.
I am having an absolute ball coaching this team. We've got a lot of work to do, but I'm hopping out of bed each morning ready to go because these guys want to work and these guys are eager to learn. This is why we do what we do!!! pic.twitter.com/KRz0kvzKk1
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 19, 2020
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.”