By LARRY VAUGHT
John Calipari expects an “interesting season” with a team he thinks will be more like his first team with John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe than UK’s national championship team of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.
“I hear all the comments about our incoming freshmen and they’re this and they’re that, but at the end of the day, if you want to do something special, you’ve got to be a terrific team. I will tell you, having talented players doesn’t guarantee you win, but having bad players will guarantee you’re going to lose,” Calipari said. “I think we have a talented group, but how good we’re going to be all depends on how they come together or how hard they’re willing to work for each other, how much leadership we get from within the team and some of the returning players. It should be interesting.
“I probably, I’ve been thinking a little bit, I compare this team more to our team my first year than I compare them to the 2012 team. I mean, this will be probably a team that won’t be a great, great execution team because there’s so many new guys like our first team, yet a team that can physically can do things – athletically, physically, skill-wise – that can do things to beat teams even though they’re not the greatest execution team.”