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Calipari expects ‘interesting season’ with team similar to his first UK team

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.”

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2 comments

  1. Larry Pup

    His first team did a lot of good things, but didn’t win a national championship. I hope this team proves their coach wrong as far as coming together, bonding, and playing together. I think they will. It sounds like Coach is preparing BBN for an interesting year. He should know these players better than anybody at this stage.

  2. Judi Cole

    Will be interesting to watch their progression. I expect a few stumbles early in the season, but a real team by SEC play and into the NCAA tourney.

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