Calipari began using the word “positionless” a couple of years ago, to describe the way he wants all of his players to play. He saw the game of basketball moving toward a positionless style of play, and he embraced that style as his new coaching philosophy and catch phrase.
“We teach positionless basketball. It’s not one way of playing, it’s a lot of ways of playing,” Calipari said in the summer of 2015.
Since then, Calipari has said the word approximately a billion times, maybe more, and he favors positionless players when building his recruiting board for each class. This year he has his most positionless team since adopting the style, and we’re going to hear all about it in the coming months and beyond.
Knowing what’s ahead from Calipari and his positionless basketball, I asked his most positionless players how often he uses the word: