By LARRY VAUGHT
Remember the Breakfast Club that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped start at Kentucky during UK’s 2011-12 national championship season?
Kidd-Gilchrist got teammates to get into the gym or weight room by 6 a.m. daily for extra work that obviously paid off as UK lost only two games and won the national title.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said Thursday that freshman point guard Tyrese Maxey is now doing the same thing.
“I’m not in the middle of it, but I was told one of the guys is grabbing a couple other guys and they’re going in in the mornings,” Calipari said during the SEC Coaches Summer Teleconference Thursday.
That goes along with Calipari’s new motto — “Big Team, Better Me.” And yes, he mentioned it often during the teleconference.
“What I’ve been hitting on with this group is just remind them that my best teams, the teams that won 38 games or won 35 games, those players benefitted the most from those teams. Which is why I keep saying, it’s about team during the season, it’s about individuals after,” Calipari said.
That set the stage for his new motto.
“This is about, big team makes a better me. The better our team is, the better opportunities everybody within the team’s going to have. So, that’s what I’m trying to really get this team to think about because we’ve got a long way to go.”
Calipari likes when players are responsible for each other like Maxey is obviously trying to be. That rubs off on teammates.
The Breakfast Club will certainly help.
“Thinking about this team – and I tell them all the time, we got you. You guys worry about each other. We got you but you’ve got to worry about each other,” Calipari said. “And this Breakfast Club, where they’re kind of dragging each other in there. They’re not dragging, they’re saying, ‘Come with me,’ and they’re talking to each other, it’s good stuff.”