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By LARRY VAUGHT
Has John Calipari ever had a team as deep as the one he’ll have next season? Here’s what the coach said.
Calipair: “Well, we’re not deep at every position, but we’ve got a lot of good players, and just figuring out who’s who. But what I like is there’s going to be competition. Some guys are going to play. Some guys are not going to play. Who? No one’s been promised anything. That’s just how it is. They’re going to have to compete with each other. And you’re not going to play 13 guys. We all know that. Probably going to play eight or nine guys. Well, what does that mean? Well, let’s do the math. If we play eight or nine, that means four or five aren’t playing much. Well, who are those four or five? Well, it’ll be decided when we’re playing basketball.
“Will we play different? Absolutely. We’ll press more. We’ll foul more. Because that’s the way the game’s going. Now they’re saying all this stuff about the charge/block and, ‘We’re not going to let the fouling go.’ Do you really believe that? You watch the games. The more you foul, the more you shoot free throws. I don’t understand how that works. So we’re going to press and play more physical and bump and grind, and we’ll put our arms up in the air and we’ll hip-check guys. That’s how we’re going to play. Now we have numbers. Again, my philosophy had always been six fouls – that’s all you want to have in a half, because you don’t want them to shoot one-and-ones; we’re not playing to foul. But now we have numbers. We’ll play more toward our team, how this team needs to play.”