By LARRY VAUGHT
First he was slowed by an ankle injury. Next he missed a game because he was sick.
De’Aaron Fox is returning to 100 percent now after being “zapped” and Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes his freshman point guard soon returns to the ball-hawking defense he played earlier in the season.
“The biggest issue if you look is the way he played the ball and bothered the ball and defended. He looked like Tyler Ulis. He backed up a little bit off that. That’s the No. 1 weapon he has. And then the second weapon is his speed. Those are effort things. Those aren’t, you know. You gotta do that first,” Calipari said.
The tendency might be to think Fox is trying to save energy at time. Not true, Calipari said Monday as UK gets ready to host Tennessee tonight.
“I think it is easier just trying to do something crazy and if you make that day you can go one out of five plays. I have had guys that way. First he is grinding and pushing, do it and go. I am going to make one really fabulous play and that will keep everybody off my neck for three, four minutes versus the day to day. I am not shock and awe,” Calipari said.
“That is not how I coach. I am not show time. Our thing is every day we are doing the same drills. Every day we are trying to get better. It’s the grind of this. Those plays happen just in the flow of the game that you do something crazy because you’re that good. You don’t have to play to do something crazy. Just play.
“But again, I am happy with what these guys are trying to do and I am getting a better mental picture of where this team needs to be. and unless we had gone through some of the stuff we went through, I probably would’ve been fooled. So, I think we are moving in the right direction. ”