Lamb ever humble

Maybe that's how Lamb developed the belief that he's not a great shooter despite his high percentage from 3-point range last year. He also shot 79 percent at the foul line.

Maybe that's how Lamb developed the belief that he's not a great shooter despite his high percentage from 3-point range last year. He also shot 79 percent at the foul line.

"I don't know why everybody thinks I am a great shooter. I don't really think I am. I just hit open shots. I?had a lot of open shots last year and knocked them down," he said. "It's not like people were all up on me when I shot. I?had mainly open shots and just knocked them.

"I?think I?am an OK shooter, but I can get better. (Former NBA star) Reggie Miller is a great shooter. I?am not a great shooter. I am a scorer, but not a great shooter."

Calipari considers Lamb potentially a "great" player for more than his shooting and/or scoring. "I think if he's in great condition and he has a sense of urgency, he's our best basketball player. He's not our fastest. He doesn't jump the highest. He's not our toughest. He may or may not shoot it the best. Kyle Wiltjer may shoot it the best. He may or may not. I don't think he's going to be our best handler," Calipari said. "But as far as knowing the game, having a feel for the game of basketball, he'll have it. He may be one of the top five in the country.

"Now, will he have a sense of urgency? Will he have the toughness? Will he have improved his skill level? If he does all that, then ... he's real good and we're real good. If he doesn't, he's a nice player.

"That's why we keep challenging: Do you want to be the best? You have the ability to be the best. Go do it. Be the first in the gym, be the last in the gym. Are you kicking the weights or are you miserable in the weight room? Tell me. "That all comes back to every guy on this team. Do you love it? Do you challenge workouts? Do you beat workouts or do they beat you? Are you the last to walk in the gym? Are you miserable when you're in there? You'll never reach your potential. I'm not just talking about Doron Lamb, I'm talking about any player, especially talented players."

Lamb has learned to accept Calipari's criticism and motivation, just as he has learned to accept the way UK fans embrace the team.

"The fans, I still can't believe how crazy they are. They will stand outside in front of (Wildcat) Lodge for like six hours waiting for us to come out and sign autographs. I couldn't do that, but they do and it shocks me every time I see it," Lamb said. "Every time I?see a fan, I will always sign. Even if I am in a rush to go to class, I always try to stop and sign. I enjoy it, because you only live once and you have to enjoy what is happening right now and hope my dreams come true. "But it gets hard sometimes that you just can't go out. People are talking to you. You can't really say things you want to say because it will be made into something crazy. You just have to keep things to yourself and always be polite. You have to watch out who is around you." That used to include the media for Lamb. However, he's even grown more comfortable with interviews and the media spotlight as his reputation has grown. "I?feel more comfortable in the media spotlight now. I have worked on doing it and I have gotten better at it," he said. "It is cool.?I am used to it now. I am way better at talking in front of people and large crowds. I almost look forward to it. I was not bad at it, but didn't always enjoy it. Now I have learned to even enjoy it."


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