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08:01 AM ET 12.17 | Even from the outside, opponents can see there's something not quite right just yet with John Calipari's team. "Listening is a skill," said [Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson, who over the weekend lost to Kentucky, 88-50]. "They need to listen to their coach." ... So are they not listening? "If they're listening, they're not changing and that's what was frustrating for me today," Calipari said. "I saw little change. We just went five days and I saw little change. So if I see a little change in this next week, from that point on, folks, we're not winning many, that's a fact." He also said: "They're hearing, but they're not listening. They're hearing what we say, but they're not listening to it."

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December 17, 2012  08:04 AM ET

Does anyone really listen to a used car salesman?

December 17, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Does anyone really listen to a used car salesman?

Ground hog day. We had this thread a few weeks ago...if I remember correctly.

December 17, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Calipari said. "I saw little change. We just went five days and I saw little change. So if I see a little change in this next week, from that point on, folks, we're not winning many, that's a fact." He also said: "They're hearing, but they're not listening. They're hearing what we say, but they're not listening to it."


Jus maybe there not the players you thought they where, and this is the best they can do.

December 17, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ground hog day. We had this thread a few weeks ago...if I remember correctly.

If you had been listening, you would know for sure. ;-)

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December 17, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just maybe their not the players you thought they ware, and this is the best they can do.

FIFY

December 17, 2012  12:50 PM ET

Do 18-20 year-olds listen to adults? No.

December 17, 2012  01:12 PM ET

They are not listening because they know that they won't be around next year.

December 17, 2012  01:53 PM ET

Trouble with most of Cal's recruits......they're too GOOD to listen! Do you suppose they listen in the classroom? Oh yeah, classes are for STUDENT atheletes, not pros in waiting.

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December 17, 2012  02:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Trouble with most of Cal's recruits......they're too GOOD to listen! Do you suppose they listen in the classroom? Oh yeah, classes are for STUDENT atheletes, not pros in waiting.

classes??? classes??? "we don't need no stinkin' classes"

December 17, 2012  03:13 PM ET

I'm sorry Coach Calipari but I didn't listen to a word you said.

December 17, 2012  03:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They will, they will!Go Kentucky GoWill win for sure on Jan 26, Feb 12 + 16, Mar 9.Go Kentucky Go

I hope so, the schedule is:

Jan 26 - Who cares?
Feb 12 - Never heard of them
Feb 16 - Where are they from?
Mar 9 - Cupcake city.

December 17, 2012  03:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This is not Cal's fault, while at the same time its all his fault. Cal recruited for talent and not necessarily character. Its not his fault that they aren't listening in the sense that these guys probably wouldn't listen to anyone.

Agreed. It's hard to take kids who are the cream of the crop in high school, being told that they are Mr. Everything, and now being told that they have to play team ball and that they are not the best player on the team like they were told in high school. They think they know everything where realistically, they know nothing.

December 17, 2012  03:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I hope so, the schedule is:Jan 26 - Who cares?Feb 12 - Never heard of themFeb 16 - Where are they from?Mar 9 - Cupcake city.

Have you watched any college basketball since 1996?

December 17, 2012  03:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

"Trouble with most of Cal's recruits......they're too GOOD to listen! Do you suppose they listen in the classroom? Oh yeah, classes are for STUDENT atheletes, not pros in waiting."

Have you paid any attention to the actual people Cal has recruited? Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis, MKG? I dare anyone to find anything negative to say about the character of any of them.

Brandon finished High School with over a year's worth of AP college credit and pulled in a 4.0 GPA while at UK.

The 2012 UK team won the national title because every player was willing to give up individual playing time in order to see the team succeed. This is how Cal recruits, he refuses to promise playing time or shots per game.

Do the research next time before you throw out opinions based on ignorance and stereotypes.

December 17, 2012  03:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Cal recruited for talent and not necessarily character. Its not his fault that they aren't listening in the sense that these guys probably wouldn't listen to anyone.

Yes, no character in the people he recruits. Like Nerlens Noel, whose leisure time activities are questionable at best. From KSR:

" From the moment he set foot on campus, Nerlens Noel has been going above and beyond when it comes to reaching out to the fan base. Noel is not required to do any of these things as a member of the Kentucky team. Noel is doing many of these things on his own time. Noel Skyped earlier this year with Lane Goodwin, a young Kentucky fan who battled cancer. Goodwin is unfortunately no longer with us, but Noel reached out to Goodwin and his family in his final weeks. Earlier this week Noel took time to visit some older Kentucky fans at a local nursing home. Today, Noel took time to visit a young child named Kelly. Kelly is currently in the UK Children???s Hospital with Leukemia. All I can say is that Nerlens Noel is making Big Blue Nation proud. What a neat moment for both Kelly and Nerlens Noel."

 
December 17, 2012  04:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

1. Have you paid any attention to the actual people Cal has recruited? Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis, MKG? I dare anyone to find anything negative to say about the character of any of them.
2. The 2012 UK team won the national title because every player was willing to give up individual playing time in order to see the team succeed. This is how Cal recruits, he refuses to promise playing time or shots per game.

1. - Derek Rose had some take his ACTs for him


2. - Agreed, that was a selfless team. Similar to the UF 04s. I think that the 12 UK team was the exception rather than the rule.

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