John Calipari talks Defense, free throws and NBA interest

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Nov 10, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari gives instructions to guard Andrew Harrison (5) during the game against the Northern Kentucky Norse at Rupp Arena.Kentucky defeated Northern Kentucky 93-63. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats held their pre-Cleveland State media availability Friday, and Cal talked about his young team’s defensive effort, free-throw shooting and whether or not he’s is interested in coaching in the NBA.

You can watch the presser right here. Here are some of the best quotes from him:

On his team’s defense and their progress in it:

“We’re trying to get them to play through a whole possession, stay in a stance. Someone said ‘Wow, you guys got beat on the dribble.’ Yeah, if you’re standing straight up and down, it’s pretty easy to get beat on the dribble. So we did a lot of things of keeping them in a stance, but again when I watched the tape there’s just not the effort. And I’m trying to explain, you guys – I asked them what having fun was. They said winning. I said, ‘No, not necessarily.’


On improvements made by Harrison twins:

“They’re trying, but they’ve got a ways to go. But it’s not just those two. Julius (Randle) has got a ways to go. When you rebound, stick, rebound, bang, and then they say, ‘Man, he played hard,’ but then you’ve got to watch defensively, you’ve got to watch running the floor. Alex (Poythress) has gotten better, but got a ways to go. I mean, we’re just, you know, we’re a team that is behind – Dominique (Hawkins) is probably closest to what we’re looking for of anybody on the team, but it’s not where we need to be right now.”


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