Friday, November 04, 2016

Video/Transcript: UK Coach John Calipari Pre-Asbury(Exhibition) Press Conference Interview

Video courtesy of kywildcatstv

Head Coach John Calipari

On the pressure to play Brad Calipari more minutes now after his big debut …
“I walked in the door after that game and I thought I was George Clooney. I said, ‘I’m going to have to play that boy more.’ But let me just say again, we’re still trying to figure out combinations. I’ll do the same thing that I did last game, play a lot of combinations. I don’t know if I’ll start three guards. I might start three guards this time and then figure out some sort of rotation of how we want to do this, and have time to go back. Like I said, I’ve been real specific. This guy moved behind this guy and I’ve told them, and you’ve moved behind this guy. Then practice got even more competitive, so we’ve got some ways to go. My thought is that the first week of the season, probably the first two weeks it’ll be a limited package of what we’ll do. Limited baseline. Limited sideline. Limited what we’ll do versus zone. Limited man offense. We’re just trying to get good at some things right now. I just put a press in. Just put it in. Which means I just put a press attack in, so I’m trying to go at the pace that these guys go. I don’t want to throw too much; I want them to worry about competing at a high level versus worried about ‘What am I supposed to be doing out here?’ Compete.”

On starting Wenyen Gabreil consistently because of the energy he brings ...
“Maybe, but I may start Derek (Willis) this game. I may start Isaac (Humphries). We still have today and tomorrow to let me see. I’ll be honest, I have not sat down and put this pen-to-paper and put down some different things. I did that last game so I knew who the combinations would be. One thing I’d like to have is either Isaiah (Briscoe) or De’Aaron (Fox) on the court, so we always have one of those two on the court. Or both.”

On how the combinations are judged …
“I do it by analytics. I look at numbers. The greatest thing, the rebound attempts on offense and defense, who do you think was by far the reader in rebound attempts? (Bam Adebayo). Yeah, it wasn’t close. That’s why he will play. So, he goes 100 percent of the time, which is an outrageous number, and you would think in that game he would because of who we played. He does. That means you play. That’s an effort thing. Assist-to-turnover ratio, deflections – those things, we keep track of all that. It’s all just effort stuff. Again, we get in a big game and it’s a significant game, I was just at game seven (of the World Series). That’s a significant game where, OK can you make a play now? Yeah, you’re great all year. Let me see you make that play now. The one pitcher was throwing 100 miles per hour. Now, I could’ve hit it, but I tell you what, these dudes? They’re standing up there – guy hit a home run on a 100 mile-per-hour pitch – and he got around on it. How in the world did you get around on it? So, I want to know when we hit big games, who are the guys that are going to make those free throws? Who’s going to make plays? That will all shakeout when we move forward.”

On Wenyen Gabriel’s ranking as far as analytical “effort” stats … 
“I don’t have it right in front of me, but he’s so active. He didn’t defensive rebound as well as he should, probably because he was trying to run the other way. And you gotta do both. There’s no shortcut. I gotta first rebound and then I gotta run.” 

On how Adebayo’s effort rubs off on other guys … 
“We’ve gotta get Bam where he doesn’t have to bounce it in the post. Just get the ball up to the basket. We’ve gotta get him where he’s comfortable at that free-throw line. All of our big guys are really good passers. And really, you gotta play them all because they can all shoot 15-footers. So you gotta play them. That changes how – where we’ve had guys in the past, he caught it and you didn’t have to play him. You just backed away. Well, that’s – we don’t have that guy. These guys all shoot the ball. And so that makes us better. Like I said, there’s still – they’re competing with each other in a great way. (They’re) still winning and losing in practice stuff. It’s all good.”

On Adebayo’s potential … 
“It’s how he’s practicing. This kid works every day. He’s in there – one of the first in the gym. He’s got a smile on his face every day I walk in. I’ll give him a mean look and then he gives me a mean look. He’s a great kid. But again, this is a process. This is November, the beginning of November. It’s the first time some of these kids are doing all of this stuff, and they’re going to be uncomfortable, and they’re going to be wrong. I mean, they’re still going to be wrong 60 to 70 percent of the time. Just play. Play hard. Compete. Battle. Come up with balls. Let’s get some easy baskets, and then let’s see where we execute. We didn’t practice yesterday, but the day before when we practiced our execution in half court, (offense) was just not there. Like we’re not where we’re supposed to be. The timing is off, which is predictable.”

On this freshmen class compared to others … 
“You know, I can’t ever remember. They tried to tell me, ‘Jamal Murray – you’re losing your mind because you can’t remember what Jamal Murray was like.’ Isaiah told me, ‘Coach you don’t remember Jamal. Like what he was like early.’ It’s hard to think back. All I can tell you is it’s a very smart group. A very driven, wired group. A competitive group. And then there’s Brad. I’m not George Clooney tonight. (Laughter). 

“Let me do one thing. I want you guys to help get the word out on this. The stuff’s going good, but I would like the Bahamas stuff to be a family trip. In other words, we’re going to have open practice. So, we have 2,000-3,000 people, we’re going to have an open practice. Do some stuff with the fans. We’ll try to have some sort of get together where it’s an experience where you get as close to this team. You’re not getting that close in Vegas and you’re not getting that close up in New York. You’re just not. It’s a different environment. We’re playing Arizona State. It’s not like we’re playing a team that’s not good; they’re a good team. I think you’ll go to the website and what I’m hoping is – bring your kids. Let’s make this a terrific weekend. You’re on the island. You’re in a great venue. It’s a great setup. I understand the New York and I understand the Vegas, but I think this is going to be the trip. And again, I want it to be like a family. We’re all in there, you’re watching practice, you’re getting to get around the kids (players) and get around our staff. Have a function, do something down there where we all get together before we play that game, which will be played on a Monday.”

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