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By LARRY VAUGHT
Is it easier to tone down an aggressive player or boost a non‐aggressive player to be more aggressive?
Here’s how UK coach John Calipari answered that question Friday:
“They’ve got to recognize, first of all, that they’re not playing hard enough and they’re not competing like the other people on the floor. And then, they have to make a choice that, ‘I’m going to change.’ There’s nothing I can do,” Calipari said. “They’ve got to make the choice that they’re going to change. My job is to get them to recognize where they are right now. Like I told them, we won the game (at Vanderbilt). And, we won on the road and we had these plays at the end of the game which helped us win which were huge, gutty plays.
“We didn’t give up on the game. But, now let’s watch this stuff. This was all effort. This was all physicality. Why would you not do this? And that’s what I did, I said, ‘Learn from it.’ And, I’m not mad. We won, but if we don’t correct this, you’re not going to win what you think you can win.”