Cal: UK should be more like . . . (gulp) Bobcats?

While attending the Charlotte Bobcats’ game against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night, Kentucky Coach John Calipari spoke to reporters.

Calipari complimented the progress the Bobcats have made under first-year coach Mike Dunlap. Charlotte had the worst winning percentage in NBA history last season. A loss to the Clippers dropped Charlotte to 7-14 this season.

Calipari and suggested Kentucky could benefit from approaching basketball in a similar way to the Bobcats.

“I’m impressed with how hard they’re playing and how much they’re talking,” Calipari said of the Bobcats. “I’m going to go back to my team and (remind) them how much these teams are communicating. ‘I’ve got you. I’m your help.’ In a short amount of time, (the Bobcats) look good.”

Calipari noted how UK’s national championship team of 2011-12 bonded.

“They all knew each other before they came there,” he said of UK’s freshman class last year. “They knew their success was tied to one another. I’m trying to convince this year’s team of that.”

Former UK players Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats) and Eric Bledsoe (Clippers) played in Charlotte Wednesday night.