After Coach John Calipari failed to be impressed by Josh Harrellson's 26 rebounds in the Blue-White Scrimmage, the Kentucky player tweeted a what-do-I-got-to-do-to-please-this-guy message to his Twitter followers.
Calipari ordered Harrellson to shut down the Twitter account, but the UK coach has been back-slapping the UK player ever since.
"That was the best, dumbest thing I've ever done," Harrellson said after UK beat Dillard 122-54 Friday night. "In one way, it was bad. He was mad. I got demoted.
"But the other way, it was good. I got in extra conditioning."
Harrellson said he has been working out three times a day, including making a practice of running 20 "suicides" in 20 minutes before every practice.
Apparently, Calipari has noticed.
"Coach Cal has been building me up," Harrellson said. "I'm trying to be the best I can be because this team needs me."
After UK destroyed Dillard, Calipari acknowledged Harrellson's contribution: 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals. He started Harrellson in the second half. Maybe more importantly, he saluted the team's lone senior in the post-game locker room.
"Everybody give him a hand," the UK coach told Harrellson's teammates.
Fear the beard
Harrellson has grown a beard. "Before the game, I said fear the beard," he said in mimicking San Francisco Giant closer Brian Wilson.
Harrellson was non-committal about keeping the beard or even that he meant to grow it. "My razor broke," he said with a sly smile.
Assist to Jay Wright ... and Denny Crum?
Calipari credited a conversation with Villanova Coach Jay Wright for giving him ideas about playing defense this season. Like the approach Villanova used earlier, Kentucky figures to use a four-guard lineup.
The idea will be to "scramble up" the games with defensive pressure.
Calipari said he anticipated UK being able to switch defensively a lot because the Cats will have many versatile players of about the same height.
The UK coach noted how Crum guided Louisville to national championships with that approach.
"Denny Crum did a great job of taking you out of your offense," Calipari said. "The guy won national championships."
Blue suit quite a gag
Speaking of Louisville coaches, Calipari seemed to get in a thinly veiled zinger at current U of L coach Rick Pitino.
When asked about the electric blue suit worn by Dillard Coach — and former UK guard — Dale Brown, Calipari said, "There have been three suits I've seen ... I don't want to say gagged me.
"The white suit I saw."
Pitino wears a white suit when U of L stages a white out for fans.
Calipari also noted a gold suit worn by West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins.
"And that suit right there," he added, meaning Brown's suit.