By LARRY VAUGHT
One thing Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne constantly tells John Calipari is that NBA teams, just like teams at any level, want players who win.
“Kenny Payne says this all the time: You guys don’t understand, people want winning players. So winning matters. It does. If our team had gotten in the NCAA Tournament last year and we had advanced, it would’ve been different for some of those guys,” Calipari said last week. “Just how it is. Winning matters, and that’s why you gotta keep convincing them, ‘You gotta do this together. You gotta give up some of your game.’
“Let me tell you last night, I go to watch that Bobcat game and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) started and played nine minutes, then they played Chris Douglas and some other guys, and then in the second half he started and played his nine minutes and whatever. And I’m telling you the biggest cheerleader on the Bobcats was Michael Kidd. And I can’t tell you how proud that makes me. He is the greatest teammate, and there is a value – there is a skill to that. We all know how hard he works. We all know what a great defender he is. We know all that. There is a skill to that. So to see that means that he learned it, he understands it, and I believe he learned it here.”