Nov 6, 2012
Calipari Turns Up Heat In Practice Ahead Of Opener

UKathletics.com

http://www.ukathletics.com/blog/2012/11/coach-cal-turning-up-heat-in-practice-ahead-of-final-exhibition.html

John Calipari has a very simple objective for his players each season.

The individual awards, the team success, being selected in the NBA Draft, those things are all nice, but they are nothing more than a byproduct of his central aim.

“My goal, as I coach, is to have people watch a player play from his hometown or his family and have them say this: I cannot believe that’s the same guy, Calipari said.

Coach Cal’s players arrive on campus with remarkable gifts. They have high-school All-America credentials, mock-draft hype and games that have made them fodder for countless YouTube videos. They’ve been showered with attention for eye-popping statistics and highlight reel plays, but by the time March rolls around, Calipari wants them to be known for a very different set of reasons.

How hard you play, how hard you compete, how in control you are, how efficient you are as a player and all the garbage of your game is gone and the stuff that matters is left, Calipari said.

The process of getting there, however, is far from easy, and the latest Kentucky team is only in its initial throes. The Wildcats are days removed from their first exhibition game – a 93-61 win over Northwood – and getting ready to play the final one before a challenging start to the regular season.

UK will take on cross-town opponent Transylvania at 8 p.m. on Monday, but the preceding days have been busy ones. On Friday, Calipari led an intense practice of a little more than two hours. Saturday’s two-hour, 40-minute session may have been the longest of Coach Cal’s UK tenure and is being followed up by a practice doubleheader on Sunday.

That time in the Joe Craft Center has involved plenty of toughness and rebounding drills and a lot of defense. Everything UK does in practice ends with a clear winner and Calipari has ratcheted up the intensity by instituting running penalties for the losers.

, Calipari Turns Up Heat In Practice Ahead Of Opener

UKathletics.com

http://www.ukathletics.com/blog/2012/11/coach-cal-turning-up-heat-in-practice-ahead-of-final-exhibition.html

John Calipari has a very simple objective for his players each season. The individual awards, the team success, being selected in the NBA Draft, those things are all nice, but they are nothing more than a byproduct of his central aim. My goal, as I coach, is to have people watch a player play from his hometown or his family and have them say this: I cannot believe that’s the same guy, Calipari said. Coach Cal’s players arrive on campus with remarkable gifts. They have high-school All-America credentials, mock-draft hype and games that have made them fodder for countless YouTube videos. They’ve been showered with attention for eye-popping statistics and highlight reel plays, but by the time March rolls around, Calipari wants them to be known for a very different set of reasons. How hard you play, how hard you compete, how in control you are, how efficient you are as a player and all the garbage of your game is gone and the stuff that matters is left, ” Calipari said. The process of getting there, however, is far from easy, and the latest Kentucky team is only in its initial throes. The Wildcats are days removed from their first exhibition game – a 93-61 win over Northwood – and getting ready to play the final one before a challenging start to the regular season. UK will take on cross-town opponent Transylvania at 8 p.m. on Monday, but the preceding days have been busy ones. On Friday, Calipari led an intense practice of a little more than two hours. Saturday’s two-hour, 40-minute session may have been the longest of Coach Cal’s UK tenure and is being followed up by a practice doubleheader on Sunday. That time in the Joe Craft Center has involved plenty of toughness and rebounding drills and a lot of defense. Everything UK does in practice ends with a clear winner and Calipari has ratcheted up the intensity by instituting running penalties for the losers.






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