By LARRY VAUGHT
Why did UK coach John Calipari feel it was necessary to go on www.coachcal.com and defend freshman Archie Goodwin? The coach explained his reasoning today:
“Because DeWayne (Peevy of UK sports information) said, ‘Yeah, after Alabama some people took some shots at Archie.’ For what? ‘For some of his shot selection.’ I said, ‘We had two other guys play so bad; did they say anything about anybody else? Why would they say something about him? This kid works his butt off.’ So after I slept on it, I said, ‘Look, I want to make a statement, make sure everybody knows he’s the first one in the gym, he’s the last one to leave, he comes in, he does what he’s supposed to do and he’s a good teammate. Just doesn’t have the right mindset, doesn’t know shot selection, plays out of control. Because it’s how he’s always played.
“So now it’s DeAndre Liggins. Can we get him to play the right way? And when you get a kid like that to play the right way, he becomes a killer. Right now, he’s a killer – but sometimes he’s killing us. But I can deal with that versus a kid that’s scared or doesn’t show up for the game. There’s nothing you can tell me about that. That’s why I said: We had other guys at Alabama that did not show for the game and no one said anything. Well why would you say it about this kid then? So that’s the only reason I said anything.”