Calipari Calls Cats Soft

Calipari Calls Cats Soft

John Calipari said he has a few players who are not physical enough and must change for Kentucky to be successful.
John Calipari said he has a few players who are not physical enough and must change for Kentucky to be successful.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky committed six of its season-high 19 turnovers against Texas A&M in the final four minutes of the game, allowing the Aggies to erase an eight-point deficit and send the game to overtime.

John Calipari said on Monday that some of his players are soft and not being strong with the ball, which led to some of those turnovers.

"It’s hard because it’s embarrassing when you say to a guy, ‘You’re soft.’ So, when I tell them, ‘You’re not tough enough, strong enough,’ that’s embarrassing. So, you’ve got to deal with the embarrassment of it. You’ve also got to deal with the ignorance of it. Like, not that you’re dumb, you just don’t even know how to be physical, how to be tough, how to wedge," Calipari said.

"First of all, accept your position. Accept our predicament. Accept your weakness. Alright, what are they? Now change. That’s the great thing about the human race, when we figured out, ‘Dang, I can change my own attitude.’ And then we figured out, ‘Wow, if I change all my habits, it changes who I am? Wow.’ Well, that’s how this goes."

Calipari pointed to the transformation Kyle Wiltjer has made recently by changing, "Kyle Wiltjer changed his mental attitude towards practice. He loves walking in. He’s changed how he approaches practice and his habits in practice. It’s changed him. Now, they’ve all seen it, but here’s what it is: really hard. ‘I think I can still get what I want without working.’ No. Nothing in life is that way. Anything worth having is a dogfight to get. The stuff that’s free and all that stuff, it’s not worth having anyway and so, that’s where we are. But, like I said, we’re just going day-to-day, making strides, trying to keep ourselves in the right frame of mind, yet getting them to come to grips and be honest with each other.”
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