Source: Calipari Would be 'Crazy' to Coach the DR

Kentucky coach John Calipari would be “crazy” to coach the Dominican Republic National Team this summer because they “don’t have any money and have a horrible reputation in the region,” a well-connected Caribbean source  told SNY.tv.

“They don’t have a clue,” the source said of the Dominican Federation. “They screwed up the FIBA event in the DR last summer. Players were slipping all over the floor as they hosted an event in an arena with no air conditioning. Roy Hibbert and other NBA players were required to stop playing.”

Last summer during the FIBA World Championship in Santo Domingo, games  inside the Palacio de Deportes were postponed due to poor conditions. Organizers blamed faulty air conditioning units.

“The event was a laughingstock,” the source said. “The Federation President [Frank Herasme] has simply not led the Federation in a positive way.”

Former Sacramento Kings Eric Musselman led the DR to a 6-1 record last summer and had a verbal commitment to coach the team this year. But he was fired and bypassed for Calipari, the source said.

“They sign agreements, don’t live up to them and don’t do good business,” the source said.

Calipari announced on Tuesday that he would be coaching the team this summer in preparation for this summer’s FIBA World Championship Aug. 30-Sept. 11 in Argentina.

“Not only would I help train coaches in the Dominican Republic and here in Lexington like we have with the Chinese coaches, but I would also coach their national team,” Calipari said on his Website.

“The commitment would mainly be from the start of August through mid-September. The Dominican Republic national team would train in our state-of-the-art facilities at the Joe Craft Center in Lexington prior to the start of the Tournament of the Americas, which would begin towards the end of August.”

The Dominican team could feature as many as four NBA players in Francisco Garcia, Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva and Trevor Ariza.

“Ooh, the sky’s the limit for us if everybody plays,” Garcia told SNY.tv in January. “I’m sure me, Al and Charlie [are] playing this summer for sure. We gotta get Trevor. Trevor Ariza told me he might play this summer, too. So we’ll see.”

Since the player pool could also feature high school or college players, there may be some inherent conflicts of interest. Calipari, as coach of a FIBA team, could theoretically be involved with uncommitted high school recruits during the summer.

“The NCAA is watching carefully to ensure that coaches are not using this as an unfair coaching advantage,” the source said.

Meantime, Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced Wednesday that he would not be coaching the Puerto Rican team due to a scheduling conflict.

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161 comments
Brian Morrison
Brian Morrison

My what a class act you are. If you want to see dirty hits watch your Islanders in the 80s. Wirth that filthy mouth of yours I can understand that you are from Brooklyn

Brooklyn N. Gal
Brooklyn N. Gal

Brian, unfortunately, there might not be a next time. Wilson's....ahem...."clean" hit could end Visnovsky's career. Ass hat.

Greg Mase
Greg Mase

right, feet came up after hit was initiated. c'mon guys... we've got slo mo and dvr's these days. do your homework!

Chris White
Chris White

His feet came off the ground upon contact he did not launch himself

jethrono9
jethrono9

This is my first comment on the hit by Wilson on Viz on contact Wilson's skates were off the ice,by about 1 or 2 inches and not like 4 or 5 inches.

Jay Fenech
Jay Fenech

He left his feet and I'm a diehard rangers fan.... I don't know what game you were watching but he was off the ice....

Greg Mase
Greg Mase

they weren't on the nationally televised game on USA

showstoppa
showstoppa

Like Brooks Laich said, the Idkander forecheck was too strong. Teams that are inferior will play dirty and look to take liberties. The Pens are playing dirty with the Rangers. Wilson is a garbage hockey player , his one job is to run around like a moron and aim to hurt and agitate to draw another team off their game. When teams don't bite , he levels the blow.

Chris White
Chris White

Howie and butch goring. Going on and in about how he left his feet and how dirty it was and a suspension coming

Anthony Russo
Anthony Russo

All year long Martin and clutterbuck hit hard but never with the intent to injure.

Anthony Russo
Anthony Russo

He got hit with no puck in possession. They targeted him even at game three doesn't anyone remember vis leaving and then coming back after the hit from ovi. Need the enforcer out there

Greg Mase
Greg Mase

not sure what you were watching last night, but USA network announcers agreed he had never left his feet.

showstoppa
showstoppa

Huh? That my friend, was clear. Not sure what you were watching. In the grand scheme of things, it had no effect on the outcome of the game. But it was a lowlife move from a lowlife player.

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

a good clean hit? the point of contact was Viz's head.  The player was in a prone position.  Wilson is nothing more then a goon with no skills that runs aimless around the rink trying to be effective.  If it were a clean hit how was he assess a penalty.  For those who feel leaving you feet in this situation is the driving force behind this being a penalty you obviously need to get a referring for dummies and hockey for dummies book and read up.  And wilson is such a stand up player that approximately 2:30 earlier he tried to take out Bailey by sticking his knee out.  Another potentially career ending play.  Similar to what Martian got 5 min major and game for during the regular season.  


There is no consistency in NHL calls.  

John McCarthy
John McCarthy

Hard hit. He had head down. Never left his feet . Borderline penalty.

Brian Morrison
Brian Morrison

He got plowed. It was a clean hit. Next time I am sure he will keep his head up

Chris White
Chris White

Good clean hit. Was so pissed hearing isles announcers saying he left his feet. In no way did he leave his feet. Visnovski was bent over and got steam rolled. Stick was down, elbows in and never left his feet

John Falcone
John Falcone

Shoulder to the head, there's a good pic of it on Imgur. Tom Wilson is a big guy, just like other big guys out there, he has to be aware of steamrolling smaller players. And just because his shoulder matches up with Visonskys's head, doesn't make it clean. Michael Grabner got suspended 2 games because if a similar hit of Nathan Gerbe. Gerbe is only 5'6".

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

unfortunately, there are other elements to an illegal hit other than their feet leaving the ground.  

ocanada
ocanada

The NHL is just digging its own grave, every year we find out more about how much damage concussions do to the brain and they let this stuff go on without making changes.  Principle contact cannot be made to the head period, the reason doesn't matter. The NFL was lucky to settle for a billion the NHL will not be as lucky.

Greg Mase
Greg Mase

shoulder went to his head because wilson is taller and viz was bent forward. it was a crushing hit by a big dude. thats all. shouldn't even have been a penalty

time2win
time2win

that's a lame argument/excuse.  absolutely lame.  that's about as lame as the excuse that kreider doesn't even know his own strength or or no human being on this planet could skate as fast as he does and stop quickly enough to not run over the goalie.  bottom line is, if you're that big or that gifted and talented - you need to make sure you hit legal.  if his stick came up in viz's face, would they not call a high stick because he's so much taller than viz?  no.  he is responsible for his own body and stick.

thatfunk
thatfunk

The hit was definitely borderline and I think the impact caused Wilson to leave his feet. Was there malicious intent? Probably, it's playoff hockey. It did bring up HORRIBLE memories from the Hunter-Turgeon hit in 93. However Matt Martin leveled a Caps defenseman in the 3rd period, which looked as if he extended his elbow towards the players head. It goes both ways, and I think the ref's handled the situation well. 


I don't agree with retaliation and I never want to see players get injured...With that, someone (Matt Martin) needs to set the physical tone for this Islanders team. We've been hitting the Caps hard all series, but this team disappeared after LV left the ice. I know it's not smart to put the Caps on a PP ever, but Martin/Islanders need to set the tone and set it early in game 5! 


Also, can we set up a petition for John Tavares to leave CCM for sponsorship?! In my 20+ years watching the NHL, I've never seen a player break a stick almost every game. Not blaming a broken stick for the loss (I think the ineffective PP is to blame), but it's clearly an issue.

Mikey J Vega
Mikey J Vega

I'm shocked he didn't get a 5 minute major.

time2win
time2win

even if they wre reluctant to give him a major, they could have offset two minutes of it by giving hickey a minor for "roughing" after the whistle.

Evan Breining
Evan Breining

Shoulder went right into his head, injury on the play, should've been 5 min major

time2win
time2win

@slapshot18_rs i hope JT is ticked off.  there are certain players on a team where as a fan you think to yourself, "he will not let us lose".  for me, those guys are boychuk and okposo.  i want to see some of that from tavares tomorrow night.


in an ideal world, one of those guys would also be your goalie.  halak has played very well (knockign wood) and given us a chance to win each of these first four games.  i need a series win and a few game savers for me to have that kind of feeling about jaro though.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

They've been going after Lubo's head all series, knowing he has a concussion history.

Rich Green
Rich Green

I agree with Greg. His skates never left the ice and he didn't charge, either. Wilson (who definitely plays on the edge, to say the least) glided into Visnovsky and made principal contact with his upper body, not his head. There was a second contact as Wilson was falling onto Visnovsky which did contact his head, but that is not a penalty. Sometimes people get hurt on legal hits.

Don22
Don22

His shoulder absolutely hit the head.  Take a look at it in slow motion.  You will see that to be the case.  I will agree he didn't leave his skates, but I can't comment on the charge because I don't know the full rule on what constitutes a charge.  I believe it has something to do with your feet moving within a certain distance of the player being hit and the level of the hit.  In this one, it does seem as if he doesn't stop his feet until about 3 feet from Vis.   I will defer to the refs on that, as they know the rule better than me.


But regardless of the charge or not, his shoulder no doubt hit his head.

Tony Scotto
Tony Scotto

You are wrong it wasn't a legal hit, it was a charge and was penalized . Wilson Is a dirty player ,he just came out of the box for kneeing.

Kev Roc
Kev Roc

Look at his face. Dbag knows it was filthy and is expecting to get whacked. No talent POS.

Don22
Don22

I have been reading the passionate posts in this thread and have some thoughts:


1.  I agree that the Wilson hit on Vis was borderline.  I felt it targeted the head, which the league is trying to get rid of. Unfortunately I don't think the league is going to do anything.  


2.  Many have said they Isles need to retaliate.  I don't see that as a good idea in the playoffs.  You don't want to give the Caps any more PP time than necessary and you certainly don't want to risk giving them a major PP, or worse - losing a player to a misconduct. 


3.  Some have said get Boulton in there.  I like Boulton, but he would need to go on the 4th line.  Then you move Clutter to the 3rd.  The 4th line has been flying.  Boulton would only slow them up.  


4.  The best way to retaliate on these hits is to SCORE on the PP.  That would hurt the most and then Trotz would end up putting Wilson on the bench.  Let him run wild.  It will catch up to him.


Cheers.


Go Isles.

erika
erika

As I have posted many times, I feel the Islanders have as much talent as anyone. But...we seem to be manhandled way too much. We are missing size, strength, and the killer instinct. While I think Viz is finally enjoying his ride on Long Island (evident by his skate around the ice after being named 3rd star in game 3), he simply is not big or strong enough to handle the rigors of playoff hockey. Yes, he is good with the puck, but it does not take much to knock him out, and other teams know this. I feel in the playoffs, 1st lines just cancel each other and we win with the role players. Come on best 4th line in hockey...go get those bums!!

....Borderline hit...but hey, it's playoff hockey....almost expected. If we want to stay in the game we better all turn in to Matt Martins!

doc942
doc942

@erika Viz is not big enough or strong enough for playoff hockey...


That's the silliest statement I've ever read.

time2win
time2win

@erika i agree about the playoff assessment.  it's not a top players game.  it's the secondary scoring that you need to advance.  except washington.  lots of ovi and backstrom on their scoresheet so far i think.

topshelf
topshelf

I love Matt Martin...But he should have handled that! Wilson is not a good player, he actually makes there team worse.  Last thing the isles need Wilson to be ejected and Washington to call up some no name AHL'er to score his first NHL goal late in the third period against us, because it seems like that always happens to the Islanders. 


And i feel like the hit was vicious, borderline illegal, big size difference and Viz was going down.  Yes he could have just as effective by taking 50% off the hit. 

Matthew Davis
Matthew Davis

Clean hit, plain and simple. If Okposo wants some of Wilson, he should come and get it. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

is the point of contact being the face legal? no? not a clean hit....

since72
since72

@Matthew Davis  Gooning it up is only an indication of a lack of confidence in your team's abilities.  This is why your team will not go far.  They don't believe that they can win on the basis of their talent. 

jdt5707
jdt5707

Get off our site. That's the definition of a dirty hit and you know it

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

i didnt say he should be suspended, but to say it was clean (when the call of the ice was a charge...) is beyond stupid of you.  i mean just look at the hit, the point of contact is the face.  in what world is that clean? 

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@Matthew Davis @slapshot18_rs the league doesnt give a sh!t they let buff get away with that cheap shot to the head of perry after play if that doesnt even get a fine this goes unpunished

Matthew Davis
Matthew Davis

@slapshot18_rs C'mon guy, the announcers (even on the Islanders network) said he didn't leave his feet. The fact of the matter is that Visnovsky is 5'10 on a good day while wilson is 6'4. He should've had his head up, and not hunching over. That's how you make a counter hit, like a hockey player. The point of contact was his face because he was hunching over, for whatever reason. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

yes wilson is big and vis is small ... but some reason you think that justifies the point of contact.  it is illegal to hit anyone in the head, whether their head is up or down, whether they are bigger or smaller...that stuff does not matter.  point is, his shoulder made contact directly with his face...that is illegal.  there is no two ways about this. 

erika
erika

@Matthew Davis I didn't hear any Cap fans complain about being mistreated after their OT win yesterday.......sounds like a bunch of wimpy sore losers!

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

an embarrassing realization for matthew davis 

Don22
Don22

@slapshot18_rs @Matthew Davis LOL!!!  I was just posting the youtube clip and telling him to please see it at 39 seconds, where it clearly shows the shoulder hitting Vis it the face, and then elbow follow through for good measure.  Then the post disappeared.    Nice job @Matthew Davis 

bserviss9
bserviss9

Why are you speaking in context that you and Okposo are going to be fighting? Calm down keyboard warrior

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Matthew Davis that is your biased, ignorant opinion.  the call by the refs, and the clear shoulder to the face tells us it is not a legal hit. 

since72
since72

@Tony Scotto   Let's just stop responding to this idiot.  He is either under the age of 17 or has learned nothing about hockey along the way.  As I say, should Backstrom takes a hit like that the same people defending the hit on Vis will scream bloody murder. 

Don22
Don22

@Matthew Davis @slapshot18_rs Did you hear Pierre MaGuire's assessment of the play?  I think most hockey fans respect him and his opinion.  Go to Youtube and listen in. He states that Vis was making a hockey play on the puck.  There is a difference between making hockey play on the puck which puts you at a lower position and ducking or turning away.  That doesn't excuse the hit to the head.