Calipari summed up the situation accurately in an assessment of his own players this week on his website, but it probably could go for other budding stars, as well. “They are great kids,” he said, “but they have bad basketball habits they keep falling back to.”
The good news is that the shake-out is about over. The days of playing no-names will be done, and it will be time to step up and play or get out of the way.
Tom Lindley is a CNHI sports columnist. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.