When the Wizard of Westwood talked, you listened. When John Wooden, arguably the king of college basketball coaches and the architect of one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports, offered advice, you took it.
John Calipari did so in 2010 after his first season at Kentucky when he called the late UCLA coach to ask him about his team. Wooden told Coach Cal that that he played too many guys. He advised Calipari to play six, seven or eight guys – at most – in his rotation.
And so for the next few years at UK, Coach Cal heeded Wooden’s advice and played a small rotation.
In the 2010-11 season, Calipari’s first team after that phone call, just six guys averaged double-figure minutes. The next year – Kentucky’s national championship season – only six guys played more than 12 minutes a game.