Bleacher Report thinks Coach Cal could be a perfect fit as the next Team USA coach.
John Calipari, who led the Dominican Republic National Team to its best finish in international play last summer, has accepted an offer to coach the Dominican Republic at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
There was plenty for John Calipari to celebrate in 2011. There was the Final Four, an international adventure, players headed to the NBA and more. Here are the top 11 Coach Cal moments in 2011.
Throughout everything he’s weathered, his coaching style, passion for the game and marketing of the program remain as fresh as ever. Maybe he’ll indeed hang it up at the end of his new eight-year deal at Kentucky, but the fire to coach basketball and mold young men is still burning wild in Coach Cal.
Whether it was the exhibition games in Kentucky or the support you gave these players, you showed once again why you’re the greatest fans in the country. I want everyone to know there wasn’t one day that went by where I wasn’t spending time working, making phone calls, Xing and Oing, and thinking about my team at the University of Kentucky.
In their final game of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for both teams, the Dominicans rolled Puerto Rico 103-89 in the third-place game in Mar del Plata Argentina. The Dominican Republic not only notched a win over a bitter rival, the Caribbean country also captured its highest finish in an Olympics qualifier with a bronze medal.
The Dominicans suffered a heartbreaking 83-76 loss to Brazil on Saturday in the all-important semifinals game in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The Brazilian win awards the country with an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympics. Meanwhile, the loss for the Dominicans means they will have to earn a spot in the summer games at a last-chance qualifying tournament next summer.
The No. 10/11 Cats (8-2) responded with arguably its best win of the season Tuesday night, a 70-55 victory over the previously undefeated Broncos (8-1).