Calipari to make a couple of stops Wednesday

 Posted by at 10:42 PM on December 4, 2012  Add comments
Dec 042012
 

John Calipari was not in a pleasant mood after his Cats defeated Samford 88-56 on Tuesday night in Rupp Arena.
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

John Calipari wasn’t in a very good mood after his team came out flat in the second half of Tuesday night’s 88-56 victory over Samford.

The UK coach spent near the entirety of his post-game press conference blasting his players’ conditioning and promising that they would be running at 7 a.m. every day for the next three weeks. The phrase “out of shape” was used in reply to just about every question.

Calipari had the look of a man who needed to get away for a little while.

As he left the podium, he said he was going to do just that.

“I’m going recruiting,” Calipari said. “That’s where I’m going tomorrow.”

He said he would make  stops in two cities, but he didn’t reveal the locations.

None of his healthy 2013 targets — Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon and Dakari Johnson — have games scheduled for tomorrow. Another 2013 target, the injured Julius Randle, obviously won’t be playing either. So, if  Calipari visits one of them, he won’t see them in action.

And he won’t see Wiggins at all. The Huntington Prep star, who Calipari failed to see at the Marshall County Hoop Fest in Benton, Ky., over the weekend, is on his official visit to Florida State. The Cats and Seminoles are thought to be the co-favorites for Wiggins.

Obviously, there are a number of 2014 recruits he could be visiting. New Jersey center Karl Towns became UK’s first commitment from that class Tuesday morning.

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  9 Responses to “Calipari to make a couple of stops Wednesday”

  1. You really cant blame Cal for being upset at his team for coming out uninspired in the 2nd half of the game against Samford. The 1st half they played really wel and you could see the light at the end of the tunnel but in the 2nd half that tunnel had caved in and the darkness was complete. He is frustrated with his teams lack of sustained intensity. So he will use early am conditioning drills to “energize” them. This team seems to not have fun when playing together like last years team and them being younger has nothing to do whether you have fun or not during the game. You either enjoy what your doing or you dont, its that simple.

  2. This is Caliparis first year at UK where his experiment is in full bloom. He has no one with experience. He always has in the past. From Patterson to Miller, Calipari has always had sometype of leadership. No more. This is total freshman. We will see how this plays out. Cal had better start recruiting some kids who can stay past one year at UK.
    Are we going to call Cal, 10 loss Calipari like we have coaches in the past? We will have 10 losses this year so we will find out soon enough…..

  3. WTH! Eight games into the season before Cal realizes his team is out of shape!

  4. We need to stop comparing this team to last years team. Last year was an unusual group of freshmen mixed with some experience. Let these kids grow. Calipari will see to that.

  5. I think it is apparent that Cal has tried to get through to this team that they have to play with extreme effort and he hasn’t gotten it up to this point. He obviously knows that they are in shape. Duh! They are top division I athletes. He is simply being a wise-guy with the team, and at the same time not throwing them under the bus by straight up saying they aren’t playing with heart. It is a genious move on his part, because NO team wants to run at 7 AM, and he can kill two birds with one stone by saying repeatedly “they aren’t in shape, obviously, because they surely want to play harder, but can’t”. That guy can coach, and I wouldn’t mind going to him as a psychologist either.

  6. whats wrong with everyone, this is a new team with new players.this isnt the team that won the championship game last year . and for us to sit here and ride cal or the players is just stupid.these are all young men, what 17 or 18 years old. i dont know about some of you guys, but im true blue.everythings going to work out. give it time. show so love .

  7. Well, straight talking Cal may have been being facetious or sarcastic when talking about his team being out of shape, but that means that running at 7:00 am is just punishment. And running may be justified and helpful. But Cal also needs to show them what a “post up” offense looks like.

  8. CAL IS A GREAT COACH AND HE KNOW WHAT THESE BOYS NEED AND HE WILL GET IT OUT OF THEM,BUT YOU CAN SEE THEY DON,T HAVE THE HEART TO PLAY THE 40 MINS,BUT WHEN THEY GET THE HEART TO WANT TO PLAY HARD THEN THATS WHEN THEY WILL BE GOOD,THEY ARE GREAT PLAYERS BUT THEY NEED THE EYE, OF THE TIGER,WHEN YOU SEE THAT THEY WANT TO PLAY LIKE THAT EACH AND EVERY GAME THEN THEY WILL BE GREAT,THEY ARE YOUNG AND LEARNING RIGHT NOW,I WATCH EVERY GAME AND I CAN SEE THEY DON,T HAVE THE HEART TO WIN RIGHT NOW,I THINK IF YOU ARE GOING TO PLAY BALL YOU NEED TO PUT A 100% IN NOT 50 ,BUT I STILL THINK THESE BOYS ARE GOING TO GET GOOD,I GOT HOPE IN THEM,AND WE WILL WATCH AND SEE HOW GOOD THEY GET,GIVE THEM TIME EVERYBODY THEY WILL MAKE IT,I,M BEHIND THEM 100%,WISH EVERYBODY A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND DON,T GIVE UP HOPE.LET THEM LEARN EVERYTHING IS NEW TO THESE GUYS.

  9. When this team gets the defensive end of the court handled the rest will come easy. Give Cal time to coach them up. Cal never gets credit for how good a coach he is.

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