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Fans can place a bid on the signed sneakers John Calipari wore for this year’s “Coaches vs. Cancer” game, a signed piece of the 2012 championship floor and two lower-level tickets to the Miss. St. game on Feb. 27. The proceeds for the five-day auction will go to the American Cancer Society.
Archie is totally invested in this program. He is the first one to come to practice every day, the last one out, and oftentimes the guy who is in the gym late at night working on his game and his free-throw shooting. He’ll have a full-blown workout before we even start practice. He is conscientious about the areas he is weak in, so he spends tons of time in the gym working on areas he needs to improve on. He is his own worst critic.
After sitting back yesterday, I wanted to share my thoughts on where we are right now as a team. To be honest, I’m disappointed, but my disappointment is more with me than it is with the individual players on this team.
First of all, I want to congratulate everyone that was nominated early last week on the 2013 ballot for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. While none of us do what we do to make the Hall of Fame, I imagine it is an unbelievable honor just to be recognized as a nominee and be considered for the game’s highest honor.
Over the years, every one of the players and their families that have made the decision to be coached by me and our staff and be a part of our family have played a part in the success of our programs and the good fortune that Ellen and our family have had. But if you want to go back to one that probably had the biggest impact on a university, a basketball program, and a basketball coach and his family, you can go right back to Marcus Camby for me.