This should not be a big deal. Have you guys seen the video of Muschamp when he coached for Auburn (I believe)? He goes much more overboard with the F-bombs. This guy is 18 and I doubt he would have reacted any differently if Calipari had called him a "selfish son of a gun" or something like that. As long as the player is fine with language like that, it shouldn't really matter.
On Tuesday, John Calipari was caught by ESPN cameras telling freshman Terrence Jones that he was (and is) a “selfish mother…” shut yo mouth!
Yesterday, UK’s coach apologized for his use of bad words via Twitter and Facebook.
Now we learn that Jones’ aunt had no problems with the coach’s language.
“I don’t have any worries about it. Terrence can take it,” Ava Mashia said. “(Jones) sees (Calipari) as a person who’s trying to help him. That’s (Calipari’s) method. That’s the way he talks to everybody on the team.”
Gasp! Record scratch! Tires screech!
You mean this wasn’t just a one-time thing? Egads.
“It looks like he’s picking on Terrence,” Mashia added. “But I think it’s because he knows Terrence has a skill-set he can probably bring to the table that the coach isn’t seeing.”
While Mashia, a former college basketball player herself, understands the situation, she said her family still wasn’t thrilled by it.
“We hate to see it happen. But we see what Coach Cal is saying, as well. Yes, there are some things Terrence needs to work on. I’m sure Terrence sees it, as well. He’s trying to make him a better player. I don’t think he’s doing it to embarrass him.”
Sounds like a woman who understands how coaches talk to players. Any of you ever been in an arena to see the archangel Mike Krzyzewski coach? I have. Talk about language. It’s like Ralphie Parker’s dad battling a furnace.
I’m guessing Calipari would agree with Mark Twain’s famous statement: “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”
Having a freshman take a last-second shot when you’ve drawn up a play for someone else might be just that kind of circumstance.