Coach Calipari doesn’t think his team is very good right now. Oddly, it seems I’ve heard this before. Now I remember. He said that during the Wildcats media day. Cal told that to the crowd at Big Blue Madness. Coach also said the same thing to those in attendance at the Blue White game. Come to think of it, he also said those exact words at the press conference after the Blue White game. Now, he has told it to the national media at SEC Media Days. Below are a couple of his comments from the event.
“We are a very ‘October’ team right now,” he said. “Mediocre for October.”
“They don’t break down and play defense the way we do,” he said. “We’re not going to guard you all the way up the court and we’re not going to try to steal every ball. And guys like Archie aren’t accustomed to breaking down and staying in position for an entire possession. So he’s got a lot to learn, a long way to go.”
“Leadership develops,” he said. “We replaced 90 percent of our team, so guys are still trying to figure out who they are and what they can do. They don’t know each other; they don’t talk to each other; they’re way behind. We’re way behind where we should be.”
“We’re not very good right now. I think we’ll be a good team eventually, hopefully, but right now we’re just very average. Good players. Good kids. They’re trying; just young. They don’t play hard enough, don’t play full possession, out of control. They don’t know each other, which isn’t surprising. We have no roles right now. We’re all trying to figure out who’s who. We have 10 practice days, so we should be all right before the start of the season.”