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By LARRY VAUGHT
Doron Lamb toyed with the idea of leaving Kentucky after UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Final Four loss to Connecticut in his freshman season before deciding to stay in college.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It helps a lot having him back. He was a big part of the run last year and we know he will come back and do the same thing or even more. We are happy to have him and T (Terrence) Jones back and know they will do a lot for us,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Kentucky senior Darius Miller. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find many shooters like Doron.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lamb averaged 12.3 points per game last year and shot 48.6 percent (68-for-140) from 3-point range and 79 percent (79-for-100) at the foul line. He also had 75 rebounds, 62 assists and 22 steals.
The sophomore shared these thoughts on various subjects.
Question: How difficult was your decision to stay at Kentucky and not enter the NBA draft?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wanted to come back because I thought my game was not ready yet (for theÃ¢â‚¬Ë†NBA). I just wanted to work on my game and get ready and try to win a national championship. Me and my parents thought about it for a long time, but we all decided it was best for me to stay.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: What do you think of coach John CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desire to have you reshape your body and gain weight and strength?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have been working out since I got back (from break) in the weight room in the morning and running at night on the treadmill. I will keep doing that to get ready for the season.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Are you working harder now than you did last year?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“A lot harder. Last year I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go that hard really. I was just going through the motions a lot. Right now I am working harder to help us win a national championship.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Do you hope to work harder, win a national championship and then go to the NBA?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. I like the sound of that though. I would take it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Did the potential NBA lockout factor into your decision to come back to UK?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“That did a little bit, but the main thing was to get my body ready and my game ready for theÃ¢â‚¬Ë†NBA. I need to work on my ballhandling a little bit and my strength. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was tempted to test the waters, but I decided just to chill out and get ready for next year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: What do you envision your role being next season?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think it will change. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know my role yet. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how all the new guys play.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Could you see yourself playing more point guard if needed?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If (freshman Marquis) Teague is not playing good at point guard, maybe. But I think Teague has the role of point guard right now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Were you surprised Terrence Jones decided to come back also rather than go to the NBA?
Lamb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was surprised about that. I thought he would leave, but IÃ¢â‚¬Ë†am glad he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. I would have if I was going in the lottery (in the draft). But he decided to stay and IÃ¢â‚¬Ë†am glad he did and he will make us better.Ã¢â‚¬Â