I woke up this morning thinking about the special teams in football, and the role of the reliver in baseball.
Particularly the closer, the pitcher who comes in, in the last inning, when you have the lead, and simply shuts down the opposing team.
We have a sixth man in basketball. How about a twelth man?
How about bringing in Preston Laird, for the last two minutes of every game. Even the close games.
Have him get off the bench with just about ten minutes to go in the game, and warm up on a hoop in some remote part of the gym, with a coach watching.
Calipari could call the coach with about four minutes left in the game, on the phone, and the coach could fill him in, on whether Preston's shot is falling, and if it is, he'd be the closer.
You know, hitting a couple of threes, and every one of his foul shots.