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By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: Has Alex Poythress made the strides you wanted since last year?
Calipari: “He is way better. Guys around him are way better. He has made strides, and I’m happy. This summer going against Julius (Randle) every day, that is a handful. That is going against a 6-9 Michael Kidd(-Gilchrist) every day where he is not slowing down and he is trying to dunk every ball.
“You don’t feel like playing today or embarrassing anybody? Well, the choice is you embarrass him or he is embarrassing you. How about not embarrassing anybody? You embarrass him or he is embarrassing you. Now all of a sudden you start changing. You are like, ‘Whoa. How do I do this? What do I do?’ He has done fine.”
Question: What about some of the practice matchups you will have this year?
Calipari: “I am going to tell you who is better than I thought he was, is Dakari Johnson. His body fat is down, I think, to 7 percent. Now all of a sudden he is dunking everything around the rim, where before the question mark we all had was that he plays well below the rim, how do we do this? But all of a sudden I am sitting here watching him and all the stuff we are doing, he is easily dunking balls now.
“He is one of those bigs that we have had to play against that puts his body on you and you have to do something. One guy can’t do it. So he is better than I thought. That is really going to challenge Willie. It is almost going to make Willie mad. We did some stuff yesterday and Willie got mad, and then how he is going to have to play came out.
“It’s not like I want kids to play angry, but some kids it is all different for every kid. I think that Dominique (Hawkins) can do for Aaron and Andrew what they need to see. The guys they are going to go against, how big are they going to be? How big is the point guard on the other team? Six-six. He is going to be about 6-1 and be tough, hard-nosed, physical. Well, that is what Dominique is. So you go right after these guys. You physically, defensively show them what they are going to be facing.
“I think that is going to be good. I even think James (Young) and Alex having to go, because I think Alex looks around and says, ‘Maybe let me play the three some. I don’t have to play this one. Let me go against this guy.’ I think that is going to be there.
“We can play big, we can play small. It is back to where we were. I am watching right now and they are playing through bumps, naturally getting to the rim and they are banging each other. I went home and was singing to myself and ready to start talking crap again, ‘here we go,’ and then what popped in my mind? ‘Oh my gosh, these guys are all going to leave. Where’s my phone (to call recruits)?’ I made two calls before I got home, and I don’t live that far from here. It is the life we chose, I guess you could say.”