February 17, 2013
In a post today, Calipari said that, while he may say publicly some of his players are "uncoachable," he doesn't actually believe they are.
To set the situation, here's Calipari's comments following UK's 30-point loss at Tennessee:
"But you know -- We got a couple guys that are basically not real coachable. You tell them over and over and over what you want to do, what they have to do, and they do their own thing. That's where we are. ... We're leaving every time out, this is what you must do, boom, boom, boom. Then the guy comes out and does the opposite three things."
Sunday, he wrote that he only said that to get his players to change. Here's the key excerpt from his post:
Make no mistake about it, we are still in a great position to do whatever we want to do. We can still write our own story.
The only way to do that is to fight back, to fight our way out of this. We can blame whoever we want to – fate, luck, whoever – or we can take it upon ourselves to choose our own path and fight our way back. If we don’t fight, we don’t have a shot.
I refuse to believe they don’t have the fight in them to do this. I refuse to believe they aren’t coachable. I refuse to believe either one of those because we’ve got good kids.
There has to be a reason why guys are walking out of timeouts and not doing what they are supposed to. I may say publicly they are “uncoachable,” but I refuse to believe that because I believe in these guys and I believe they can change. I say it to get them to change, to prove to themselves and others that they can do this.
So Calipari doesn't believe himself. He says it's a ploy to get his players to change their habits.
But here's the thing: he's not just saying this team is "uncoachable" in public. He's also saying it to his players' faces. During the Tennessee game, Calipari told Archie Goodwin "I cannot coach you" after Goodwin attempted another rushed, ill-advised shot around the rim.
So maybe Calipari realized he said something a bit too much. But that doesn't change the fact that what he's been trying to change all year hasn't changed. And after four months of that, what would make you think they can change in the next four weeks?