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Calipari knows Goodwin sometimes kills UK but he would rather have his mindset than player who is scared


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.”

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  1. Jim Boyers

    Archie does get a LOT of critcism. Some of it is earned by the poor decisions he makes, like drawing 3 or 4 defenders to him in the lane and throwing up a ridiculous shot instead of passing out to one of the 3 or 4 open teammates he created. I don’t feel believe it is unreasonable to point those things out, as long as it is in a constructive way, rather than a “you suck” way.

    Archie has to realize that the main reason fans get down on him is because we think he is a really outstanding player and therefor watching him make those type of plays is especially frustrating. We believe he is THAT GOOD and we just wish he would always play smart and under control. Imagine how many assists he would average if he just passed the ball out of the lane, instead of counting on making a circus shot or getting fouled. Teams know that they don’t have to worry about him passing, so they can give him their undivided attention the second he crosses the foul line. Passing the ball back out on the majority of drives would not only lead to his teammates getting great shots, but also Archie getting easy dunks or layups.

    1. UKFAN197TONE

      He leads the team in assists, but I hear what you’re saying.

  2. Pacman

    Until Archie learns to pass the ball and shoot
    A mid range jump shot he will always
    Be critized for not being a team player… And
    Rightfully so. The mid range jumper would
    Tremendously open up the ally oop to Noel or

  3. john4uk

    I just wish Cal would give some of the other players the chace he has given Goodwin.
    It’s very difficult for me to understand with all the practices,all the personal attention from Cal,and all the opportunities given this young man,he still refuses to play hard agressive defense,and team ball on offense.Maybe Cal hopes he can do better and just won’t accept the fact that maybe he can’t .I guess we will see tomorrow night against Ol Miss.

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