Jodie Meeks, injured. Derrick Jasper, on the mend. Alex Legion, no longer on the team.
As with any kind of change, there comes a period of transition and the one under way at Kentucky is going to take some time. Therefore, patience is required for the remainder of the year.
There will be some big wins, narrow losses and everything in between along the way. Nothing is perfect when change is involved, especially for a big-time program like Kentucky.
However, losing to North Carolina by nine is easier to swallow than a double-digit setback to Gardner-Webb.
Even before Tubby Smith won a national championship in his first season at Kentucky nearly a decade ago, a transitional period was necessary, but obviously it was a brief one.