Cal hoping mandatory conditioning sparks new Breakfast Club, competitive habits

John Calipari - photo by Chet White | UKAthletics.com
John Calipari – photo by Chet White |

knows a thing or two about motivating young kids.  After taking 17-, 18- and 19-year-old kids year after year, molding them into men and oftentimes placing them in the NBA, he has an idea of what it takes to get them to work hard enough to succeed and this level and take the next step.

The key might surprise you. Coach Cal said it’s fear.

“Not fear of me,” Calipari said, “(fear of) ‘I’m not good enough. Oh my gosh, I thought I was.’ ”

The fear of failure, Calipari said, is what fueled past players like and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Coach Cal said Rose used to stay in the gym for five hours for fear or not making it.

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