"It's not like he knew what the new coaches want any more than any other player does," Macy said. "If he had been playing in Calipari's system for three years, then that's a different deal. It also makes a huge difference that UK has six players coming in that can play and that there are still plenty of scoring options. On last year's team, not having Jodie would have made a much bigger impact."
Macy says it would be wrong to automatically assume that Patterson has to be the do-it-all team leader now, too, because he is UK's top returning player.
"It's nice if your point guard can be your leader. Any coach would tell you that," Macy said. Kentucky, though, will have two freshmen — John Wall and Eric Bledsoe — playing point guard along with sophomore DeAndre Liggins.
"I sat out a year and learned the system before I took over in ‘78," Macy, who transferred to UK from Purdue, said. "It's tough for a freshman to be the leader, but it happens.
"There are different kinds of leaders, too. There is on court and off court leadership. Even in 1978 when we won the national championship, we had four seniors that were off-court leaders. On the court, I had the ball in my hands and could dictate what went on. So that could happen, too."