In the final part of John Calipari’s preseason Q and A with the media, he talks about his giddiness to start the year, his rotation, Derek Willis and more.
By now, everyone has heard the numbers. Four years. Seventeen NBA Draft picks. Eight lottery choices. Two No. 1 overall picks. Two Final Fours. A national championship. But until the players who made those numbers come together, it’s difficult to fully understand the parade of basketball talent that has come through Lexington during the John Calipari era.
Nine former John Calipari players — all former Kentucky Wildcats — performed in NBA Summer League competition this year. The leagues, which took place July 7-12 in Orlando, Fla., and in Las Vegas from July 12-22, are generally reserved for rookies and second-year players.
Now that another NBA regular season in the books, it is time to look at the 2012-13 performances of the many former John Calipari and Kentucky players in the Association, as well as look ahead to which guys are in the upcoming NBA playoffs.
In the latest Mailbag, Coach Cal answers who the most improved player on this year’s team is, what advice he would give to someone starting out in the coaching business and who would be on his all-defensive team.
With the NBA All-Star break upon us, it is time to look at the 2012-13 performances of the plethora of former John Calipari and Kentucky players in the Association.
As big of a problem as youth is with this 10-5 Kentucky team, perhaps UK’s second-biggest problem this year has been that lack of a shutdown defensive stopper, someone who, as Coach Cal said Monday, “just says, ‘Let me guard him. … Let’s stop this, that’s enough.’ ”
After watching his team get outrebounded, “outhustled” and “outworked” in the second half of doubleheader nightcap, a hot and irritated John Calipari said this letdown loss simply came down to toughness. One team (Baylor) had it. The other (Kentucky) didn’t.