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John Calipari

  1. Kentucky’s Calipari calls David Blatt right guy to coach Cavaliers

    Aug 21, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    David Blatt

    Blatt can coach, but if it takes a season for the Cavaliers to find their identity (as it did with LeBron in Miami) will he get the chance to stick around for it?

  2. Brad Stevens trying to escape loooong run of college coaches failing in NBA

    Jul 4, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brad Stevens

    In 1987, the New York Knicks hired a hotshot college coach who had just led Providence to the Final Four. The new coach was smart, energetic and extremely promising. In his first year, he led the Knicks to a 38-44 finish. Although that record wasn’t great, it sure beat the 24, 23 and 24 games…

  3. Kidd-Gilchrist told Calipari he was “scared to death” he couldn’t make it in NBA

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shows a lot of promise as a rookie. Oh, there are flaws in his game (the jump shot) but he rebounds, hustles, defends and gets to the rim and out of that he has a PER of 17 — well above the league average. Kidd-Gilchrist looks like a guy who could have…

  4. Tournament to decide final three Olympic berths taking place

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Al Horford goes for a basket during their 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament basketball game against South Korea in Caracas

    Kentucky coach John Calipari is in Venezuela as you read this. Coaching the Dominican Republic. Al Horford is in Venezuela as well. So are Andrei Kirilenko, J.J. Barea and a host of other players you know. All trying to earn their ticket to London for the 2012 Olympics. FIBA’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament — all the…

  5. Kentucky title team now fills up NBA draft boards

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    It’s a heck of a recruiting pitch for John Calipari. Six guys from his NCAA title team are expected to go in this NBA draft — including Anthony Davis No. 1 overall and likely four or five in the first round. It’s a ridiculous number. This is the Kentucky Wildcats NBA draft. And really, not…

  6. Calipari says Charlie Villanueva too fat for Dominican national team

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    And so the decline of Charlie Villanueva continues… The Dominican Republic has a chance to make the London Olympics this summer, they are in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament for teams that just missed out qualifying last year. Get a top 3 finish and they can pack their bags for London. John Calipari — last seen…

  7. John Calipari says he is not leaving Kentucky for the NBA

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    This has all the weight of a college player saying he will come back to school — he has to say it now, but things may be different in a couple months. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he is not leaving Kentucky to coach in the NBA, reports Andy Katz at ESPN. “Kentucky is the…

  8. Stan Van Gundy says it’s “absurd” to think Kentucky beats an NBA team

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's head coach Stan Van Gundy directs his team during their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Miami

    Charles Barkley said it, so we should just assume it was absurd to begin with. But it got a lot of play. Barkley said he thought Kentucky could beat the Raptors or Bobcats. In case you wanted some thoughts besides mine on why that idea is absurd, I bring you Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.…

  9. John Wall has “Calipari won’t leave Kentucky” line down

    Mar 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Between now and June — or whenever the Knicks and Wizards get around to hiring their coaches for next season — we are going to get a lot of “John Calipari is leaving Kentucky” stories. He’s already spent considerable time before the first round of the NCAA Tournament trying to distance himself from the Knicks…

  10. Derrick Rose settles to avoid lawsuit from Memphis boosters

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    Rose Calipari Memphis

    A few Memphis boosters were ticked. Really ticked. And they would not quit. So they threatened a lawsuit naming former Memphis player Derrick Rose, former Memphis coach John Calipari, and Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson after the team got put on sanctions, all surrounding Rose not taking his own SATs (allegedly). Be clear, if Calipari…

  11. Two South American Olympic bids decided Saturday

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

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    It all comes down to one game. Well, two games, actually. Brazil vs. the Dominican Republic. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico. Those are your two semi-finals of the FIBA Americas tournament on Saturday. But if your goal is a spot in the 2012 London Olympics, these are the big games. Win Saturday and you are in,…

  12. Even in an exhibition, DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t like refs

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins Al Horford

    DeMarcus Cousins felt like the referees didn’t respect him during his rookie season. Normally we’d chalk that up to rookies not getting calls in the NBA, but Cousins felt like that in college. He probably said the same things in high school. That attittude was the main reason he racked up technicals at a Rasheed-like pace…

  13. Rondo, Wall, Bledsoe may be Kentucky assistant coaches

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Three big-name NBA guards may be going back to school rather than going to Europe if the NBA lockout drags on into the fall. Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted this on Thursday night: “John Wall (@jimmywa11), Rajon Rondo (@rajonrondo) & Eric Bledsoe (@ebled24) all plan to enroll in the fall if the lockout continues. Kaboom!”…

  14. Calipari to have his Dominican team play his Kentucky guys

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    In case you missed it Kentucky coach John Calipari is the coach of the Dominican Republic’s national basketball team this summer as it tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. They’re a long shot (despite having NBA players Francisco Garcia, Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva), but Calipari wants to help out of the goodness…

  15. John Calipari opens up Kentucky facilities to former Wildcats locked out

    Jul 3, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    John Calipari’s recruiting abilities seem to border on the magical. He’s pulled in three of the last four Rookies of the Year, and his current class features what is likely the top pick (Anthony Davis), along with what could be at least two other lottery selections in 2012. In short, it’s completely absurd what kind…

  16. Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, Terrance Jones to enter draft

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky UConn Basketball

    Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones may be making the right move. In a season when a lot of other potential lottery picks — Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, Jared Sullinger — are staying in college, this could be a chance to move up the board in a weaker year because next year will be a very…

  17. Start the John Calipari rumors. Up first: New York Knicks.

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Every time there is a high profile coaching opening in the NBA this summer, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s name will come up. Usually from an anonymous source. A source that probably is one of Calipari’s people (or CAA). But know that Calipari’s name will attach itself to job openings like a fly to… well, you…

  18. Expect to hear John Calipari’s name for NBA openings

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Last year, when LeBron James had yet to decide where his talents should go (at least officially), Kentucky coach John Calipari was a hot name. There were reports that William Wesley — the behind-the-scenes power broker now working for CAA — was trying to sell LeBron and Calipari as a package to the Bulls and…

  19. Calipari still regrets not drafting Kobe Bryant. Ya think?

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

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    John Calipari knows talent. Think what you will of him as a person or coach, the guy knows how to spot and recruit young talent. So back in 1996 when he was the brand new coach of the Nets and he worked out a high school senior named Kobe Bryant before the draft, any chance…

  20. Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rico, John Calipari may coach Dominican Republic. Why?

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Former NBA and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino agreed recently to spend three months this summer coaching the Puerto Rican national basketball team for free as they try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Now, according to multiple reports (via Sports by Brooks), Kentucky coach John Calipari may do the same thing for the Dominican.…

  21. Tyreke Evans once had a jumper, Calipari may have lost it, now Reke wants it back

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    You’ve seen the video from this summer: Tyreke Evans in the gym just knocking down three after three. But have you seen the video of Tyreke Evans just knocking down jumpers from high school? Sam Amick of FanHouse has, because he was in Evans’ house when the brothers that have always been by Evans’ side…

  22. William Wesley, the most powerful man you don't know

    May 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    The rumors are LeBron James and John Calipari are being packaged as a pair. Packaged by William Wesley, a man usually just described as an NBA power broker. Wesley works for CAA and is very tight with both men. But you can bet that wherever LeBron James lands, whoever his coach will be, when James…

  23. John Calipari and LeBron can be bought separately; Kentucky recruit told Calipari will return

    May 18, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

    LeBron James and John Calipari are not tied at the hip. A day after reports that CAA agent and the NBA’s quietest power broker William “worldwide” Wesley was trying to sell teams on the two as a package, everybody and their brother are denying it. The Chicago Bulls are telling ESPN.com’s Andy Katz that they…

  24. Clippers fans to put on LeBron parade

    May 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. –Red (Morgan Freeman) from the Shawshank Redemption For Clippers fans, there is always hope. Hope that this time the number one pick stays healthy. Hope that the owner and general manager will make more good calls than…

  25. Report: Lebron James, John Calipari being shopped as package deal.

    May 17, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Buy one, get the second one at an exorbitant full price. And it may be worth it. May. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are one of the team that have been approached about interest in a LeBron James and John Calipari package deal. League sources said Sunday that noted NBA power broker William…

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