Calipari: “They're on a Mission.”

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Calipari: “They're on a Mission.”
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OPENING STATEMENT: “Well, we got a lot of new players, and it's gonna be interesting. I hear all the comments about our incoming freshmen and they're this and they're that, but at the end of the day, if you want to do something special, you've got to be a terrific team. I will tell you, having talented players doesn't guarantee you win, but having bad players will guarantee you're gonna lose. I think we have a talented group, but how good we're going to be all depends on how they come together or how hard they're willing to work for each other, how much leadership we get from within the team and some of the returning players. It should be interesting. I probably – I've been thinking a little bit – I compare this team more to our team my first year (at UK) than I compare them to the 2012 team. I mean, this will be probably a team that won't be a great, great execution team because there's so many new guys like our first team, yet a team that can physically can do things – athletically, physically, skill-wise – that can do things to beat teams even though they're not the greatest execution team.”

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