Cats, Heels make case for preseason #1, Pt 2

"UK might have more talent than North Carolina; it's close," DeCourcy said. "I think Kentucky fans will point to the fact that Mike Kidd-Gilchrist probably won't be a starter; Carolina can make the same case with James Michael McAdoo.

"UK might have more talent than North Carolina; it's close," DeCourcy said. "I think Kentucky fans will point to the fact that Mike Kidd-Gilchrist probably won't be a starter; Carolina can make the same case with James Michael McAdoo.

"The difference is that Carolina doesn't have position questions. We know who the center, power forward, small forward and point guard are going to be, and the Heels have plenty of options at shooting guard.

"You could probably take a pretty good guess at the Wildcats' starting five, but you might not know how they'll be configured. To me, that's a bigger challenge than keeping everyone happy. Calipari is great at getting his players to invest in their team."

Yes he is. Just ask John Wall. Or DeMarcus Cousins. Or Terrence Jones. Or Brandon Knight. Or Darius Miller. Or DeAndre Liggins. Or Patrick Patterson. The list will just keep growing, too, as players understand that Calipari's method works and his team-first approach also makes them into better individual players.

Calipari wouldn't speculate on who might start in a preseason interview. Why would he with so many viable options?

"Obviously we can only start five. It's not that important who starts, it's who finishes," Calipari said. "We'll start who we need to start, play people where they need to play. The great thing about this team is they want to win. ‘Don't care where he plays me, just want to be on that court helping my team win.' "More important who finishes games than who starts game. If you're a guy who can get us out of the gate fast, you'll start. If it takes time to get started, you'll come off the bench. That's just how it is.

"There's always that challenge, there's always that things that guys are going to have competition and got to go after each other. But I don't know right now. It will be hard to tell who would start and who comes off the bench. But I think we'll be in good shape."


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