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UK coach John Calipari says “winning matters” when it comes to NBA draft

entucky head coach John Calipari works from the sideline against Wichita State during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

entucky head coach John Calipari works from the sideline against Wichita State during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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.”

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  1. Larry T Clemons

    And Winning is a Learned behavior……Happy Easter to All Of Vaught Views Fan Base…I’m going to Moms for dinner.

  2. Barry

    Larry’s right. Just look at this past Florida team. It was obvious that they didn’t think they were going to lose no matter how the game was going and their opponents just didn’t believe they were going to win…until they played UConn…twice.

  3. Mike

    Still can’t quite get rid of the bitter taste UConn left with us, but it was a great, great 3 game run-up to the final and some of the best UK BB ever. No question in my mind that we had the better talent and team, but Shabazz was determined that they weren’t going to lose that game and we didn’t have an equally determined mindset on the floor.

    1. UKFAN197TONE

      UCONN has UK’s number, plain and simple. One player doesn’t beat a TEAM! However, it DID seem to look like Kemba Walker and Shabazz, did just that.

  4. Juan4UK

    ..was a great FIVE game run up to the Finals. All around each game was a great story in and of itself.

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