Calipari adjusts talent

If there is one thing that John Calipari probably does not get enough credit for — and he certainly gets credit for a lot — it would be the way he adjusts to his talent.

If there is one thing that John Calipari probably does not get enough credit for — and he certainly gets credit for a lot — it would be the way he adjusts to his talent.

Just look at what he has done with Anthony Davis, perhaps the best shot blocker and dunker ever to play at Kentucky.

Calipari cautioned reporters not to rush to a conclusion that Kentucky wants to make Davis Moses Malone reincarnate.

"We're not going to come down and post him 22 times a game. That's not how we are going to win," Calipari said.

No, Kentucky won't. Instead, Kentucky will win by letting Davis run the court, come from off the ball to block shots and soar above the rim to stuff passes or missed shots into the basket. Calipari knows how to use Davis — throw him lob passes, let him score on follow shots or beat bigger foes down the court on the fast break. Don't force him to be DeMarcus Cousins because he is not Cousins.

"You fly him up and down the court because their big guy can't stay with him because he moves so well," Calipari said. "Do things he does well instead of force him (to fit a certain mold)."

Davis appreciates what Calipari is doing and listens to his coach.

"He tells you what to do and how to do it," Davis said. "(Then Calipari) expects you to do it."

Just makes you wonder why more coaches don't do that rather than try to fit players into predetermined roles.


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