Posted: Dec 7, 2010 11:24 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Dec 8, 2010 5:10 AM
It happens. Star player plays poorly. Look for the problem and fix it.
Great coaches are fixers.
Terrence Jones, who some NBA scouts have already called him a Top 5 pick in the NBA draft couldn't hit the side of a barn against North Carolina.
"From the beginning of the game, he never got into the game," says Cal. "He was never emotionally connected to the game and had no, there was no sense of urgency the entire game."
The good news is, Terrence Jones is thirsty. He wants to learn. He isn't afraid to listen. Jones opened up the day before UK was going to play Notre Dame. Jones and Cal have talked.
"Pretty much got down on myself missing a lot of shots and you can't do that," says Terrence. "I made silly mistakes on defense because of it."
That comment is exciting to any coach. Being stubborn is a big problem in sports. Make that a big problem in life. Lots of players as talented as Jones fit in that category. It stunts their growth.
"The thing I keep saying to these guys, as long as you accept where we are, you can change," says Cal.
"If you are not going to accept where we are and where we have to get better at, and you have an excuse for everything, you are never going to get better. You can can't change it. You can't make adjustments."
Jones wants to change. For a coach, that is a beautiful thing.