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Re: Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Fans
John H. Rifkin

    On 10/29/05, Dale wrote:
    > Personally, the Kentucky Wildcats have been my favorite
    > basketball team since I started listening to them play at
    > the age of ten years old!!
    > Question: How many of the Fabulous Five Wildcat players
    > could you list? I'll promise to list all five by Wednesday!I also have been a Wildcat fan, and have seen many, many
    games. Being from Kentucky I have a sick feeling inside
    about Tubby's ability to direct a basketball program as
    successful as Ky. Other coaches train their players to play
    their position in a few weeks. Tubby has had two seven
    footers for three years now, and he says they aren't ready
    yet. Frankly there is two ways to look at this. He either
    can't teach basketball to a youngster, or he cannot recruit.
    He has continually made statements that his team is not
    ready. Whose responsibility is that anyway. Tubby almost
    refuses to play freshmen. Look at Carter's progress. Isn't
    Smith expected to teach basketball. When I see other
    freshmen in the country playing major minutes, but we can't
    trust a freshmen. Maybe I was blind and deft when North
    Carolina played as many as four freshmen at the same time.
    Could you expect a top freshman to come to Kentucky, and be
    treated like Crawford, Bradley, and Carter from the coach and
    ride the bench while players with lesser talent and ability
    get the playing time (ie Moss, Stockton, Sparks). Sparks is
    the weakest defensive player to play so much at Ky.

    I realize that Morris and Rondo started last season, but
    quickly, how many freshmen can you name that has started for
    Tubby at Ky.