Coach John Calipari talks book, 'tweak' on CBS

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With his new book, "Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out," due in bookstores on Tuesday, Coach John Calipari will be making the media rounds this week to talk about the release.

His first scheduled appearance was on "CBS This Morning." Coach Calipari talked about Kentucky's run for a national championship and his new book.

He also revealed details about his infamous post-season "tweak." Calipari says he tried to make the game easier for Andrew Harrison. He showed him tapes of NBA point guard Deron Williams. Cal told Harrison he wanted more assists and less shooting from him. The next day in practice, Andrew was not allowed to shoot at all, only pass.

"He comes in and has 26 assist attempts, 21 assists that Monday. I'm mad the whole practice because it's changed my team. Why didn't I do it earlier? Then I apologized to him. I apologized to the team and I said 'I've screwed this up. Make me look good now.'"

Coach Calipari also talked about how he continues to recruit the best players in the nation year after year. His message is that Kentucky basketball is not for everyone.

"I'm not going to sit here and paint a picture that's not true. I'm not going to promise you you're getting all of the shots, or minutes, or starting positions. And if you want to score 30 a game, you're not coming with us because everyone on the team can play."

He also says that he doesn't promise playing time, but instead opportunity.

"Everyone has goals and aspirations. And when you figure out it's about team, sacrificing, less is more, being your brother's keeper, you will be better."

Coach Calipari is also scheduled to make several appearances on ESPN on Tuesday. He also has a local book signing events.

Coach Cal's Kentucky book signings:

APRIL 17: Coach Cal will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Lexington Green at 6:00p.m.

APRIL 19: Coach Cal will be at Sam's Club in Nicholasville at 2:00p.m.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 255133171 - wkyt.com/a?a=255133171
Gray Television, Inc.