Wing Darius Miller tweeted an apology after Kentucky lost at Ole Miss Tuesday night.
Before Friday’s practice, Miller explained why.
“I just felt I had a really bad game,” he said. “. . . I really didn’t play with high intensity. I think that rubbed off onto other areas.”
When asked what UK Coach John Calipari’s reaction to the tweeted apology was, Miller said, “He didn’t really say too much about it.”
Calipari shrugged when asked about Miller’s apology.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I didn’t really see it. We’ve just got to get guys focused on getting better.”
In perhaps the most memorable play of the season so far, Miller passed up a wide-open shot at Ole Miss with Kentucky ahead by a point inside the final minute. After the resulting 35-second shot clock violation, Ole Miss guard Chris Warren hit the game-winning three-pointer with 2.9 seconds left.
When asked why he didn’t shoot, Miller said, “I really can’t tell you. If I knew, I’d tell you.”
Miller disagreed when a reporter asked if a lack of confidence caused him not to shoot.
“I think it goes back to how I played the whole game,” he said. “That set it up.”
A reporter asked Calipari what ways he’d tried to make Miller more assertive and what options remained unavilable.
“At the end of the day, it’s what’s inside you,” the UK coach said. “I believe in him. I keep telling him, ‘I believe in you.’”