John Calipari knows his team and indicates he knew Dontaie Allen was not ready to start but he started him any way

Dontaie Allen missed the two 3-point shots he took Wednesday at Georgia. (SEC Photo)

Apparently the only reason that Dontaie Allen got to start against Georgia was pressure from Kentucky fans to start him — so coach John Calipari did. Or at least that’s what he implied after Wednesday’s 63-62 loss when Allen scored three points, went 1-for-3 from the field and missed two 3-pointers and a free throw, and got three rebounds in 22 minutes. He also had two turnovers.

“I’m telling guys that if they don’t shoot it, I’m taking them out. Again, we had guys in roles that they were comfortable with. Now, you put them in other roles and you see they’re not as comfortable,” Calipari said.

Translation: Calipari knew Allen was better coming off the bench than he would be starting.

“This is why I always say I know my team. I’m with them every day. I know when they’re going to play their best when they’re in certain roles. When you start putting in other guys and they’re doing stuff …,” Calipari said.

So if he knew his team best and knew Allen shouldn’t start, why did he. My guess is if Allen had gone for 25 points and UK had won, Calipari might have said he knew he was ready to roll and that’s why he started him.

Of course, Calipari admitted that benching BJ Boston so Allen could start “woke up” Boston. He had 18 points on 9-for-16 shooting, seven rebounds and one assist in a team-high 32 minutes.

“One of the other guards was so bad, I had to start him in the second half,” Calipari said.

So apparently Boston’s strong first-half play would not have earned him a start the second half just like Allen’s play at Auburn the first half didn’t earn him a second-half start. Confused? Me, too.

Georgia coach Tom Crean had no trouble explaining how important his team felt stopping Allen was.

“I think one of the biggest things was how we defended the 3. For them to go 1-for-13 (from 3) knowing that Dontaie Allen was 15-for-30 coming into the game in the league, and really (Davion) Mintz and (Devin) Askew a little bit, but Allen for sure with the 3-point shooting was a really a key and a big thing for us,” Crean said. “Keion Brooks hadn’t taken a 3 or made a 3 this year until tonight.”

Translation: Georgia could live with an unexpected 3 from Brooks if it meant keeping Allen (0-for-2) from going off from 3-point range. Askew and Mintz were a combined 0-for-5 from 3. Boston was 0-for-3.

So whatever role Calipari thinks is best for Allen, he still has to know Allen is the only 3-point threat UK really has. For a team that cannot score 65 points most games, UK fans and the head coach ought to be able to agree that he needs to be in the game and encourage him rather than nitpicking his every move.

7 thoughts on “John Calipari knows his team and indicates he knew Dontaie Allen was not ready to start but he started him any way

  1. TheProfessor

    Dontaie Allen has been set up to fail, and now he will be parked at the end of the bench to keep company with the other casualty of Calipari’s vision of NBA drafts to come and his bloated ego, Fletcher.

    Fletcher has not see the light of day since he chose to return to this mess rather than cut his losses and simply move on. Makes me wonder what the "inducement" to return was? Come back where I can guarantee you will never embarrass me again, or I will see to it that you never play organized basketball again. There is no other explanation for Fletcher to return to Lexington!!!!!!

    I understand that I am weaving a tale out of whole clothe, without one bit of hard evidence to support my story.

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  2. nostalgic33

    Calipari either refuses or is not capable of designing an offense that frees Allen up for more and better shots. When a team like us only has one pure shooter, you face guard him and don’t help on defense. Put him in a 2 man game with Sarr. Either Allen’s man gives help on Sarr and Allen gets an open 3 pointer or Allen’s man stays on Sarr and Sarr takes his man to the basket. Of course, that would effectively end any attempt to make Boston a lottery pick, so Cal keeps the deck stacked against Allen so he can say I told you so. GET RID OF THIS FLIM FLAM MAN!
    We realistically could end up with a 20 loss season. That’s not the University of Kentucky. Kentucky State does better than that! If we don’t get rid of this guy, we will soon become one of the Popcorn State teams that other teams schedule for guaranteed wins.

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    • nostalgic33

      Calipari either refuses or is not capable of designing an offense that frees Allen up for more and better shots. When a team like us only has one pure shooter, you face guard him and don’t help on defense. Put him in a 2 man game with Sarr. Either Allen’s man gives help on Sarr and Allen gets an open 3 pointer or Allen’s man stays on Allen and Sarr takes his man to the basket. Of course, that would effectively end any attempt to make Boston a lottery pick, so Cal keeps the deck stacked against Allen so he can say I told you so. GET RID OF THIS FLIM FLAM MAN!
      We realistically could end up with a 20 loss season. That’s not the University of Kentucky. Kentucky State does better than that! If we don’t get rid of this guy, we will soon become one of the Popcorn State teams that other teams schedule for guaranteed wins.

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  3. Joe

    Silly… it’s pretty easy to shut down Allen by concentrating on him by the defense when their is no other threat on the floor…
    Rest of the comments I agree are foot in mouth….

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  4. Mike Eaton

    First of all a real coach wouldn’t bow to any pressure. He is supposed to be an expert, act like it. He has a terrible track record of denying some guys a chance to grow and giving others too many chances. The program should be his top concern. The University and the fans pay him not the players. I’m so weary of these prima dona five star guys who play every game thinking about how high they will go in the draft. Give us back our teams of guys who love UK.

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  5. Blue Bleeder

    I thought he started Dontaie and Lance bc they dominated practice?

    Look, Carl’s put his foot in his mouth a lot lately, but I love him. HE’S MY COACH!

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  6. Shooosh

    First – I thought Calipari didn’t listen to the fans.
    Second – what adjustments did he make to whatever that offensive plan was supposed to be?

    Allen didn’t struggle because he started. He struggled because they were keying on him and he couldn’t get open looks. Our coach didn’t do anything to counter. Maybe if he was in the locker room the assistants could have come up with something.

    I don’t see a lack of effort from these kids. They look like they want to win. Calipari says out loud that winning is not a priority and it shows. Sticking it to fans certainly is. Go back and read the rant he posted when he sent Fletcher home. Tell me that quote isn’t more about the fans and media questioning him than it is about a kid wanting to be on the floor and contributing. That’s why it was publicly posted and or not handled privately.

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