Teague on playing with NBA players

"Winning a championship. That's our goal and that's what it takes for a successful season. We got to see how the best players in the world (NBA players) work to achieve their goals, so that let us know exactly what we have to do, too," Teague said.

If Kentucky freshman point guard Marquis Teague had any doubts about his team's ability, they went away recently when the Wildcats competed against various NBA players working out at UK's facility.

"We all have a good feel for each other. Our chemistry is pretty good right now. We play well together. When we were competing with the NBA players, we played well together. Nobody was selfish. We all have fun together and did then, too," said Teague. "I didn't know all those people would come in here to work out, but when they did it was exciting.

"It helped us out a lot playing against them. We were pretty successful when we played them, so it gave us some confidence. They taught us new moves, new pick and roll situations. That's how it helped us."

"I had a lot of fun. I got a lot better," UK?sophomore guard Doron Lamb said. "They talked to us and hung out with us, so I had a really good time."

One of the NBA's best players, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, worked out with the Cats. Other players said Teague never backed down and even did some trash talking with Durant.

"We were just having fun with it. Kevin Durant came here and was scoring a lot and was talking to us. Me and Doron started talking back. We were not going to back down," Teague said. "The whole gym was talking. Everybody was talking. We was not intimidated. We were competing, making it competitive.

"We got to learn a lot paying with LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the best players in the world. They were teaching us certain ways to come off pick and rolls and ways to defend certain screens you will see in the NBA. That can only benefit us."

Teague also got to work out against Boston point guard Rajon Rondo, a former UK guard.

"He was working on me coming off pick and rolls and teaching me different angles and things you need to know like certain passes to make coming off screens and things like that," Teague said. "This was the first time I?met him. He took me right in as soon as he seen me on the floor and seen I was a point guard. He was great to me.

"I had a tough time with him. He is pretty good. He is real good. He was so fast and hard to stop."

What about Durant?

"It didn't matter. We all tried to guard him. Terrence (Jones) mainly guarded him, but it didn't matter. He scored on all of us," Teague said.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said it was "great" to have so many NBA players around his team.

"What they were doing was they were working, and they work. They work, and they spend time. So you may say, you mean to tell me they go work in the weight room for an hour and a half, and then do individual work for an hour, hour and a half; yeah, and they get a bite to eat and then come back and play for three hours? What? That's their job. They are professional. They eat, play basketball — that's their job," Calipari said.

"Right now I can't tell you how hard Rondo is working, it's incredible. As this thing comes back, Rondo will have a knockout year, no question in my mind. They are going to look at who the heck is this guy in Boston because of how hard he's working.

"But that's what the good thing was for us. They got to see how hard a Durant — why would Durant, he's one of the best players, one of the best five; he works his butt off. He works. He spends time."

Teague noticed. He also understands how that work could pay off for Kentucky this season.

"Winning a championship. That's our goal and that's what it takes for a successful season. We got to see how the best players in the world work to achieve their goals, so that let us know exactly what we have to do, too," Teague said.


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