Players divorce Twitter; Cal calls for love affair with gym

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.”

6 comments ↓

#1 Ray Peden on 12.03.12 at 5:07 pm

I’m a Cal fan, but by all but abandoning his bench, it hurts the team. Guys stuck on the pine have no incentive to attack the basket (as they were trained to do) because they know they’ll get jerked out. When the chosen 7 know they will get their minutes, regardless of how bad they play, they have no incentive either. Playing time works wonders, both ways. Look at Matthew Mitchel’s PT lineup. Last game, 9 players with 13 min or more. Everybody contributes.

#2 Dave / New Mexico on 12.03.12 at 6:18 pm

I get the idea that, because there is so much hoopla surrounding the recruiting process, some of the 5 star recruits get the idea that they are doing UK a favor when they choose to play for the Cats. The entire process has gotten way out of hand, IMO.

#3 Walt on 12.03.12 at 6:23 pm

This is a young team trying jell. Just give them some time and they will be where they need to be. As a UK fan I say that we support our team and each player!

#4 jerry Couch on 12.03.12 at 8:14 pm

I’ve watched UK basketball ever sense Kyle Macey was a guard for UK. Win or loss I wear my blue and white everyday. Most people here in Indiana don’t like it but I was born in Hyden,Ky. so I don’t pay them no attention. Any young man John Calipari picks to play ball in Lexington is very talented. Please believe in yourself,your caoch,in practice,and each other.#1fan

#5 Mike on 12.03.12 at 9:13 pm

Now we’re talkin ! Starting college life is fun, but if you wanna be considered NBA ready, the fun and games are over until we get where we need to be ! Call yourselves ballers ? Lets get going ! Show the country why you were considered the #1 recruiting class.

#6 Shannon on 12.04.12 at 4:46 am

Coach Cal has won you a championship and will win more Please cool your jets and let the man do his job.
Thank you coach and good luck.