Calipari on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Kentucky coach John Calipari discusses freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Kentucky coach John Calipari discusses freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Calipari began by talking about Kidd-Gilchrist's ability to stay focused during games.

The coach said, "I think it's all he knows. He's just doing what he does naturally. He's just playing. I was a little worried when he ran down to protect Anthony because I didn't want to see anything. Again, I'm preaching that we're not fouling. We're playing not to foul. We want six fouls at half. We don't want it to be a rough house, win in the weight room kind of game. That's not how we play. If I'm preaching that, then you have to stay in control. When that other stuff happens and they make the call, there's no reason for anything else to happen. They made the call. Back up and go. The reality is that's just what he knows. He doesn't know anything different," said Calipari.

Calipari also discussed what Kidd-Gilchrist needs to do to become a better player.

"He has to start defending. We can't just start the game and let them do what they want. I can put him on anybody I want to put him on. I can put him on a one, a two, a three or a four if that guy is hurting us, and that's why he is so vital. I said this after the (LSU) game. Terrence (Jones) really played well. Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) still might have been the best player and he got one point. There is not many. You can't say ‘I am going to have my best player come off the bench.' The guy that is doing the things that he is doing, he has to be on that court. Now, what makes me mad about him is that he fouls, like 30 feet from the basket, and he gets a body foul. Then he gets two fouls, and I am trying to tell him he doesn't need to block any shots, just body guys up and let them block it. He is doing fine, and the other guys are doing fine. We've got six starters, and even when Kyle (Wiltjer) is playing the way he is, and I think he is playing really well also, we have seven starters. That's why we are where we are right now. The other thing is that when people watch us, they say ‘Man, they are unselfish. All of these All-Americans pass it to one another, and they make the extra pass, they have seven guys.' That's why we are where we are, or we wouldn't be here. I mean, trying to get that challenge across to them is the most important thing. Everybody has to sacrifice and ‘do less' so you are ‘doing more' for us."

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