TAG: John Calipari

Smack / Jan 23, 2013 / 7:02 am

Kyrie Irving Makes His All-Star Case By Lighting Up Rajon Rondo; OKC Makes A Statement

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving (photo. D.L. Anderson)

Rajon Rondo is one of the best defensive point guards in the NBA. The Boston Celtics, over the past 6-7 years, have been one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. And yet Rondo nor the C’s could do a damn thing with Kyrie Irving last night. On his way to 40 points, Irving dominated the fourth quarter and handed out buckets to the guys in green like they were demo CDs … Read More »

College / Nov 16, 2012 / 11:00 am

Led By Another Star Freshman Class, Defending Champion Kentucky Reloads

Nerlens Noel. (photo. UK Athletics/Chet White)

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel. (photo. UK Athletics/Chet White)

Midnight Madness is over, and with it went the smoke machines, dunk contests and laser shows that kick off the season. College basketball begins now, and while the excitement still remains it’s time to peel the hype back and see who the nation’s best truly are. That’s why Dime has you covered with individual previews of the nation’s top 15 teams and a few others just outside, all over the course of the next few weeks. Today, Kentucky. Read More »

College / Nov 14, 2012 / 10:45 am

Video: John Calipari on Duke’s Defense: “In the NBA They’d All Be Suspended”

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Did you watch Duke/Kentucky last night? It was a great game, and a strong heavyweight matchup at the start of the season.

During this halftime interview, John Calipari didn’t hide his displeasure with Duke’s flopping on defense: Read More »

Smack / Sep 22, 2012 / 1:00 am

John Wall Carries “The Weight Of The World”; Chris Duhon Is The Other Guy In Los Angeles

John Wall

John Wall (photo. Douglas Sonders)

John Wall is that No. 1 pick whose team has never progressed out of the high first round picks around him. How much of that is on him now? It’s a subject we’ve written about at length when we put him on our cover twice in the last year. Today his college coach, John Calipari said it’s not all on Wall — even after conceding that he “must improve” in between the rim and the three-point line — and that a 19-year-old shouldn’t be saddled with “the weight of the world” on his shoulders. Read More »

College / Sep 17, 2012 / 2:53 pm

Kentucky Player Dorm is Nicer than Wherever You Live

john calipari kentucky players dorm video

As if the pageantry, history, fan fervor, national TV exposure, insane winning percentage, and the John Calipari hard sell isn’t enough to get you to commit to Kentucky, here comes another recruiting bullet in the Wildcat recruiting arsenal: a brand new, palatial dorm built just for the basketball team [Click for photos at the end of the post].

In a video posted on Calipari’s personal site, the coach gives viewers a tour of the brand new dorm, aka “The Wildcat Coal Lodge.” It’s a pretty good answer TO THIS. The dorm is ridiculous. Read More »

High School / Sep 12, 2012 / 4:30 pm

Roy Williams Shows Up John Calipari With Julius Randle Recruiting Stunt

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For the coaches in the college recruiting race to land Julius Randle, play time is officially over. Check out how Roy Williams showed up John Calipari on Tuesday night. Read More »

College, NBA, Olympics / Jul 30, 2012 / 3:00 pm

The Top 5 Candidates To Coach Team USA In 2016

Kobe Bryant, Mike Krzyzewski

Kobe Bryant, Mike Krzyzewski (photo. Sean Sweeney)

The last time USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo wanted to secure a coaching commitment from Mike Krzyzewski, he had a pizza and a bottle of wine with the Duke coach. After winning gold in 2008 in Beijing, Colangelo needed to get Coach K to coach again in 2012 to mirror the commitments many of the players had made. Colangelo joked with reporters that he’ll try the same meal again after London regarding 2016′s head coaching spot, but don’t think it’s a formality the 65-year-old will accept. Read More »

Smack / Jul 9, 2012 / 1:30 am

MarShon Brooks Is A Wanted Man; Coach Calipari Can’t Win This Tournament

MarShon Brooks

MarShon Brooks (photo. adidas)

We never thought we’d hear MarShon Brooks and Dwight Howard linked to each other this much. You’d think they were either bitter enemies or recruiting each other through free agency to hear about them in the same sentence as much as they have been this offeseason, but anytime a deal to send Howard away from Orlando, Brooks is a sticking point in the asking price. The newest rumors ESPN is reporting is that Cleveland has been coerced into getting in on a three-team deal that would send Howard to Brooklyn, Kris Humphries to Cleveland plus a few more parts. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 29, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Dime’s 2012 NBA Draft Awards

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Rece Davis: “We go to the stage now with the commissioner of the NBA, David Stern.”

“BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

David Stern: “Whoaaaaa (weird smile). Thank you for that warm welcome and good evening. Welcome to the 2012 NBA Draft.”

Ah yes, the annual booing of David Stern. Is there anything more emblematic of the NBA Draft than the antagonistic heckling of the NBA commissioner? Besides hats that don’t fit, excessive hugging and terrible questions from Mark Jones, no, probably not. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 29, 2012 / 11:30 am

The 10 Biggest Losers Of The 2012 NBA Draft

Renardo Sidney

Renardo Sidney (photo. Mississippi State Athletics)

The 2012 NBA Draft has come and gone like Maybach Music Group‘s Self Made 2 drop earlier this week. Billed as one of best drafts in recent memory, it didn’t provide the same kind of trade activity that all the pre-draft talk suggested. Nevertheless, the lack of major moves impacted the way the draft played out. Hell, David Stern, Adam Silver and the entire ESPN broadcast couldn’t even keep up with the rate Twitter was disseminating the picks at warp speed. Now GMs, teams, and players have no time before they’re notified of how great or how poor their evening went. We documented each selection as it unfolded; and here’s our list of the top ten winners and losers of the draft. Read More »