Now, we will all admit that we are as good, if not better, coaches than whoever happens to be at the helm of the Wildcats at any given point in time. So let's indulge in a sports fantasy scenario. We are waiting for a flight back to Lexington and who do we see? Coach Cal is waiting for the same flight. I actually had something similar happen except it was Al McGuire.
In a lull between seemingly endless texts, tweets and actual phone calls, Coach notices you are decked out in your best Wildcat travel gear and flashes you that trademark smile and a wink. He's also noticed that you have slowly made your way across the terminal and are now standing beside him grinning broader than Jerry Tipton holding an intercepted envelope of cash addressed to a Kentucky basketball recruit. You seize the moment (Carpe Autographum), nervously tuck in your "Free Enes" t-shirt and enter into a friendly conversation. The flight is running late and Coach is in an unusually talkative mood so you indulge him with your complete Big Blue history. He surprises you with a question. "So how do you think we are doing so far?" And there it is, your moment to tell the coach about that one thing you've noticed that he could do differently, insuring us our next NCAA championship.
What advice would you offer the man himself? It's all fair game, scheduling, recruiting, marketing, tweet protocol, and of course, game strategies and lineups. Allow me to start with free throws. DDMO is designed for high percentage shots at the basket, passing for a better shot or drawing fouls and getting to the line. Cal recruits the players with the talent to go one on one. What we have seen as well is that many of the players struggle at the free throw line. I, therefore, would state the obvious as usual. "Coach, your strength is your weakness", I would offer through a nervous smile. "Turn those boys into free throw shooting machines" would be my next advice. "Otherwise we negate our advantage just the same as if we turn the ball over." Of course Coach Cal takes my advice, we shoot 85% from the line as a team for the season and we win #8 on a pair of last second charity shots.
So, you have your dream moment, what are you going to suggest to Coach Calipari? Go ahead, he's listening.