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John Calipari working on making players better teammates, praises Tyler Ulis

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari said it has been hard to develop “team chemistry and those things” during practice for exhibition games starting Sunday in the Bahamas with Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles both out as they recover from injuries.

“We are looking to develop guys here and trying to get them to play off each other and be better teammates,” Calipari said Wednesday. “With Willie and Trey being out, it’s hard to work on team chemistry and those things. That’s two pretty good players not playing.”

Calipari said the “levels of practice are high” even though he is limiting the 10 extra practices to two hours or less.

“I am not trying to kill them. I got a little bit more aggressive yesterday,” he said.

He did praise the play of freshman point guard Tyler Ulis. Calipari sais he’s having to learn to pick up full court, but is doing that.

“The second thing is he has a great feel for who is open and delivers the ball,” Calipari said. “He can score a little bit. I don’t see his size being a factor. I imagine it will be, but it has not been to this point and he’s playing against some huge guards right now (in practice).

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  1. Joe Montgomery

    What exactly is Trey Lyles injury?

    1. larryvaught

      Joe, no one will say what Lyles’ injury is

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