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Calipari Should Look at the Spurs for Briscoe

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The biggest takeaway for me from Big Blue Madness is the fact it seems like Isaiah Briscoe will be coming off the bench to start the season – which is fine. In fact Calipari should take a look at the San Antonio Spurs on how to play Briscoe, a McDonald’s All-American.

Briscoe should be the college version of Manu Ginobili, who is one of the best foreign players in NBA history. While Ginobili is one of the key three for the Spurs along with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, but is never thought of as a starter. Gregg Popovich has always brought Ginobili off the bench as a sixth starter.

That’s exactly what Calipari should do for Briscoe. The way he can score, whether it’s using his strength and creativity at the rim or shooting from deep, there are similarities to Ginobili in that sense. More importantly he’s the much needed super-sub, someone who can change the game when the starters are winded or there needs to be a change. Briscoe can attack against a tired starter for an opponent or take advantage against weaker competition.

It goes two ways though as Briscoe needs to embrace the Manu role. If this can happen, it just makes Kentucky that more dangerous.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

19 Comments for Calipari Should Look at the Spurs for Briscoe



  1. Mc
    7:22 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Where did you get that from BBM? “The fact it seems”? Okay.



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      9:47 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Cal has said on 2 occasions now that he’s looking to play Ulis and Briscoe at different times, although he knows there will be times when they’re both out there … and we know Ulis is starting.



    • left eye
      11:52 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      The only thing I’ve heard Cal say about not playing them together is that atm Briscoe lets Ulis run the offense to much so he puts them on different teams in practice to force Briscoe to lead. Never seen anything else on the matter. Cal wants them both to be leaders and compliment each other.



    • Mc
      12:30 am October 19, 2015 Permalink

      I’ve heard the same thing as left eye. Implying that he won’t start based off BBM is comical. I know Cal will do what’s best for the team, but the other side of the coin is he wants to get Briscoe to the league after this season. There is a chance Ulis goes, but I can’t imagine him putting the top rated pg as a sixth man. Will be a tough sell recruiting wise. It seems way way too early to have a post like this when the team has barely practiced together.



  2. Leuther
    7:25 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Briscoe should be starting if he is one of the best 5 players – period…



  3. I Love It
    7:30 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    What year is this, 2007?



  4. ?????
    7:51 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    im sorry but you people are blind if you think briscoe showed he should be starting, he didnt show anything good to me at all other than one strong take to the basket, he air balled 3 shots , wasnt very good defensively and hasnt showed me YET that he can shoot from the perimeter. Charles matthews is showing me way more and has the size and defense to play the 3. shit even playing poythress at the 3 would be better off , he would man handle them



  5. Scott
    7:52 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Just because you’re one of the five best doesn’t mean you have to start. Starting is pretty meaningless if you still get starters type minutes, which surely Briscoe will since he would be the #1 backup option at PG or SG.



  6. Addul Saaalaam
    7:55 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    NIT without Skal



    • Ha!
      8:13 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Hey, better than a postseason ban. 😉

      #L1CWHORE, bitch.



    • Megan
      9:31 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

      Ouch.



  7. Mr Morals
    7:56 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    That’s just what a Hall of Fame coach need, a arm chair dork telling him how to run his team…PLEASE!!!



  8. LA
    8:21 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Cal knows best dude. i bet we see multiple starting lineups before Christmas and then the lineup will settle down to 8 regulars. Briscoe will be one of them.



  9. cats paw
    8:22 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Calipari owns Rick Pitino, and it saddens me. At least he accepts nothing less than full integrity regarding his players and program.



  10. Turkeywildturkey
    8:28 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry Bobby, but think I I’m going with Cal’s decision on what to do with Briscoe.



  11. Cats4eva
    9:28 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    How could you tell he shouldnt be? Just by watching BBM?? For real cmon dude.. I said he should be starting when he killed everyone at the Jordan Brand classic. n how hes been playing this whole time… Dude is a baller n CAN get to the rim when he wants. He should start probably wont. but should..



  12. quinnytw
    10:01 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    I’m assuming this take on Briscoe is composed solely off the scrimmage. Your job here, I hope, is in jeopardy.



  13. Jughead07
    10:30 pm October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Dumbest post ever.



  14. just saying
    12:11 am October 19, 2015 Permalink

    If Cal is always in recruiting mode, then this will be sticky subject. You know Briscoe was the #1 PG coming out of high school, and we also are chasing Fox (#1 PG in 2017). Ulis is great but is WAY to small to sniff the NBA, and if Briscoe comes off the bench, then Fox will likely be forced to the bench, or play off the ball, assuming Ulis will be a Junior and be back next year. Im sure Cal is not looking forward to playing Briscoe off the bench.