As several players ended their Twitter accounts because of what Willie Cauley-Stein called “a bunch of negativity” from fans, Kentucky Coach John Calipari called for a love affair with the gym as a means toward a return to winning.
“Individual players have to fall in love with that gym,” he said.
Kentucky lost its last two games, at Notre Dame and against Baylor, the latter snapping UK’s 55-game home winning streak.
The Cats play again Tuesday night against visiting Samford (2-7).
Cauley-Stein said that teammates Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays had also turned off their twitter accounts. Ryan Harrow had done so in the pre-season.
Calipari defended UK fans.
“Our fans cheered (UK players) coming off the court,” he said of the loss to Baylor on Saturday. “I don’t know if I would have cheered. . . . If I was a player, I would want to play in front of these fans. … They care.”
Cauley-Stein said that dropping Twitter did not exactly turn off a fountain of candid commentary.
“You can’t say what you want to because it’s all monitored,” he said. “So why do it?”
A moment later, he added, “It was a lot more fun having twitter as a high school kid.”
As for UK having more fun on the court, Calipari conducted a hard practice Sunday that included a lot of running, Archie Goodwin said. The coach said he wanted to inject more accountability in the players.
Ultimately, that must mean players being eager to work out on their own, he said.
“All my teams got better because they fell in love with that gym,” he said.
Calipari called for more “desperation” and a “sense of urgency.”
Paradoxically, Calipari was philosophical about the two-game losing streak.
“This is not football,” he said. “We’re not out of anything.”