Cal discusses Eric Bledsoe's NBA start

Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe is averaging 9.9 points and 5.3 assists per game as a rookie with the L.A. Clippers. Bledsoe has started eight of the eleven games the Clippers have played.

Many people are surprised with former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe's impressive start in the NBA. His former coach with the Wildcats, John Calipari, is not one of those who is surprised with Bledsoe's play.

The Kentucky coach said of Bledsoe, "I said he would be the surprise of the draft. I have been wrong before. I think it was '78. It might have been '77. I coached the kid so I know he has a toughness, fire and a will to win. He is not afraid. He just has to be more confident in himself. We had to convince him that he was good enough. That was all year. We told him that if he just would do what he was doing, he would be fine. You hug him a little bit, and you let him know what you think about him and you stick him out there. He cares about the team. The hardest thing about this is to get a player to trust someone else when they have never had to. Their whole life has been about survival, and where am I going to stay tonight. Now you get that young man to trust everyone and convince him that everything is going to be okay. It's neat when you have a player in the NBA who is scoring more in the NBA than he scored for you. That is cool. When you score more in the NBA than you did for us, you know you have talent."

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