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.
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.
Good story on former Wildcat Marquis Teague worth checking out in The Chicago Tribune this morning.
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.
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.
The gold-plated NCAA national championship trophy still sits outside the men’s basketball office at the Joe Craft Center in a trophy case. Just below it, light refracts through the National Association of College Basketball Coaches national championship crystal ball. The 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats have no responsibility to those trophies. They are not defending anything this season.
Now that Calipari’s critics have been awakened to his ability to develop talent, they’ve also been hit with a troubling reality: He’s been given more time to mold young men. The NCAA opened up a much-asked-for window by allowing coaches to work with players enrolled in summer school for eight weeks, up to eight hours a week, including two hours per week of team instruction (i.e. practice).
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.