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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49 comments
manchu
manchu

(Repost since it looks like the first one was deleted)When the season first started I was all for Woodson keeping his job and seeing if he could straighten this thing out, due to his previous 54 win season. Suffice to say the good will from that season been gone. I thought it was silly to can the guy after the playoff loss since it was our best season in 13 years but now I think he has to go. Its not so much the losses but its the way were losing. There has been a large number of games where the Knicks simply was not prepared to play and that's on the coach. How many blowout losses needs to happen before someone pulls the plug on this coach. That half court lob to Jordan last night was silly, the turnovers coming out of timeouts, the lack interest at times from certain players. Its time for something to give and I am by no means a hater but as a smarter man than me once said "The definition of insanity is do the same thing repeatedly and expect different results

C0P0
C0P0

Fans need to brace themselves for an epic losing streak at The Garden. 

The Clippers game was only an appetizer.

Here comes the BOOM!

rico
rico

Knicks are  


undermanned (Injuries)


under sized (hurt bigs- Amare, Kmart, metta) Melo should not have to play center


under-achieving- no confidence.


under=managed- no draft picks, no future




lindro88
lindro88

De-Nile ain't just a river in Egypt. This team and it's coach seem to be in denial. I understand they have to stay positive, but looking at an 8 game home stand and talking about winning all 8 games, when they barely have 8 wins all season is comical. They are now the team, other teams fans look at on the schedule and say "that should be a win." Great analysis also. Really, You think they'd sign up for 6-2? For the first time last night I thought to myself Melo would be insane to stay here. The extra 30m is tempting, but he's getting a taste of what it feels like to be part of a truly bad team. I can't imagine he's interested in spending another 7 years here. Btw to all of the "Shump is back" people....unfortunately he is.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

With no 2014 draft choices and the need for a new pg the Knicks should look to sign FA combo guard Kent Bazemore! He's 6-5", a two time college defensive player of the year for his conference, and he has better ball handling skills and is a better shooter than our present point guards! He has unconventional size for a pg but his defense is his strong suit and is sorely needed on this team. He also likes to take the ball to the hoop so I would definitely hope Woodson is not the coach so that he would not turn him into another Knicks perimeter pg!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cwi-j9BM9M&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL7QpK5ygPZedVv7vyRtLxVii0d2482fcH


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4uF02Ly0jI&list=PL7QpK5ygPZedVv7vyRtLxVii0d2482fcH

ds2488
ds2488

People were criticizing Beno Udrih a lot for being bad (which don't get me wrong he is, he is very bad), but I said all along he was BADLY outplaying Ray Felton on the season.  Sort of remarkable how Felton has gone from a below average starting pg, to a decent backup pg, to probably not even a rotation player.  He is THAT bad.  And it's destroying the team right now.  


I've asked all year for this "coach" to make some simple adjustments.  Last night, our best lineup was the young backcourt that he refuses to play together.  Toure was terrible, but at least he's a presence on defense, which instantly makes him 10x better than Ray Felton, who is probably the worst defensive player in the NBA.  


Timmy and Shump need some roles and some coaching.  They won't get that from this clown who is currently our "coach".  It's very angering to me to watch this team that needs to build up and develop their young talent, simply just ignore them because the "coach" has a hard on for JR and Ray Felton.  


You need more out of the center position as well.  When Tyson isn't dominating on defense, he's pretty much a useless player.  The "coach" does not understand that.


All in all, just very disappointed and angry right now.  It's very tough to watch.  I'm sick of watching Fatty Ray jog up the court and take a contested 18 footer that never goes in without even bother to look to pass.  I'm sick of watching JR casually walk around the court looking like he doesn't give a crap.  I'm sick of watching Shump stink this bad- The guy is clearly more talented than this but just looks lost out there without coaching.  And most of all I'm sick of this clown of a "coach".  

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

The most important thing to do is (A)make sure we secure the young talent on this team. Copeland and Lin gotaway because they made it too free agency. We make sure we give Murry and Tyler an extenSion. I'm sure Copeland could of helped this team with his perimeter offense. (B) Fire Woody (C) trade JR (D) Get something for Carmelo Anthony

rkj473
rkj473

The Knicks brand of basketball is very boring. The big lineups are boring, the lack energy, the run around the court like zombies most of the time. 


It's time to push the paste more out there. There is absolutely no transition game, we get to see Felton's fat a$$ dribble the ball at the top of the key for 18 seconds and then pass the ball to Melo or JR or take a stupid shot.


At least, last years team they were fun because you knew if they were cold and one person hit a 3 that a barrage of 3-pointers would follow from different players. They got out in transition and made transition 3's or make the extra pass for better shot attempts.


I say this all to say, speed up the fvking tempo out there, you can't be a team that plays slow and no defense on the other end. You tried it and it didn't work. Now, idk, maybe try the alternative.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

here's no hustle, no will, no desire, no consistency, no sense of urgency (which shows that not too many on the roster care) all with a side of poor coaching.

What's worse, there apparently is no knowledgue as to how to fix this, or that it even is an issue.

This mismanaged group is scared of playing at home.

I have absolutely zero faith in the "coach".

Personally, all I can hope for is that these players play with some pride, be professionales, and to show some NY pride.

D.Salahudin
D.Salahudin

I believe a lot of things about this current Knicks squad based on the where they are after the 1st 40 games. I believe that the past and the present shows that the trio of Tyson, Amare, and Melo are not a winning front court in this league. I believe the Knicks can't be successful with Tyson and Bargs or Amare on the court at the same time. I believe that Shumpert and Hardaway will only develop when Jr is gone. I believe that the Knicks constantly drop the ball on developing young talent by mortgaging tomorrow for today for marginal success, while other teams watch young players become studs and exhibit patience. I believe that Raymond Felton will be the worst starting point guard on the court 80% of the time. I believe that Melo will leave the Knicks in free agency, because the Knicks will not improve much during the year. But most importantly, I believe that before any decision is made about player personnel the Knicks must fire Woodson. He has totally mismanaged this team from the beginning of training camp. 

CiceAsNice
CiceAsNice

With Stat and Kmart out, I think it is time to put Melo back at the four, plus this worked best last year.  I wanted to see it work, but it appears Chandler and Bargs starting is not working.  Bring Bargs off the bench and go small.  I'd start Felton and Prigs again, apparently Felton works best w/Prigs, he aint getting it done by himself.

tifoso6
tifoso6

As a fan since 1946 this is one of the worst situations I have seen.  The team is lost when it plays.  You have

a low IQ coach and a number of low players including Bargs, Smith and Shump.  we gave up a first round draft choice for Bargs.   Terrible.  Fire the coach.   Trade Chandler and Felton for a first-round draft pick and

a point guard better than Felton.  Play tyler and let him develop.  He scored six points in five minutes and

then was benched.  He made a low post move that was fantastic.  Let him learn to play defense by playing

he certainly is not going to learn from the coach.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Right now we have the 19th best offense and 25th best defense, so thinking that somehow this homestand will result in a winning streak might be an over reach. Not that it isn't possible, but when you are giving up 111.3 ppg and scoring 94 ppg over your last three,it will require a reversal of fortunes. 

This team right now is in the crapper. Bargnani looks like a zombie on the court. Felton and Shump look like a comedy team. Aside from Melo going Rambo, we don't have much happening.

rgm891
rgm891

I have no idea what Dolan even thinks anymore. We played 40 games and are on pace for a 30 win season.  This deadline is going to crazy. Blow it up. Someone should shave Woodson's beard in the middle of the night and see if that does anything. Who am I kidding. 

lindro88
lindro88

I think you are right. It's gonna get fugly.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

You forgot undertalented. This team is not that good. They are more talented than their record (which I blame on coaching), but this team just does not have the talent to contend or even compete beyond a round of the playoffs... At this point, the results speak for themselves

lindro88
lindro88

Bazemore would be a good player to target. The Warriors went out and got Crawford because they think they can win a championship, and Bazemore isn't ready to be a rotation player on a team that good. He'd be a nice player for the Knicks to bring in.

lindro88
lindro88

FYI Copeland is 28 or 29. Not exactly young talent. Jr is younger than he is.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

I don't see playing with pride out there from anyone but Melo most nights. It's sad really. Also, I'm amazed at how the media gives Woody a pass based on injuries. When you clearly can't make adjustments, get the most out of the talent you have, adapt a 'system' to the personnel or even motivate your squad to compete you cannot continue as coach. Woody should've been canned after last year's debacle vs Indiana. I get why it didn't happen (although it wouldn't be the first time woody got canned after a 50 win season), but there is absolutely no excuse now

lindro88
lindro88

Well said. It's really hard to believe how hard they've fallen from last year. Remember all of the bitching that went on this blog last year. Kind of funny now.

rico
rico

@Cice Boogie with Melo at the 4 or Center last night we saw how special he is, adding 20 rebounds to everything else. But having melo banging with big men will get him injured, that's going to happen again.  


How about challenging Bargs or Chandler to get 12 boards a game?


Damn I'm frustrated and I've been through this with the nix for 40 years

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Cice Boogie 

When the Knicks play teams like Houston with Harden at the 2 or Indiana with Stephenson at the 2 or the Nets with Joe Johnson at the 2 who do you think can guard those players, Fat Felton or old Prigioni? NEITHER!

1harris1
1harris1

1946? Wow. The Bud Palmer days.

tifoso6
tifoso6

@OLD_KNICK We talk just for the fun of exchanging ideas.  We all know that Dolan is the boss.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@OLD_KNICK 

Now we kick back and continue to watch this train wreck, lol .... nothing else to do as Knick fans!

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Knicks_Fanatic 

The team's defense during the stretch prior to the Pacers'  was vastly improved however.  So any optimistic predictions were based on that stretch of play.  

The team does seem to have quickly regressed to pre December levels though...if it stays like this through February, maybe we have to accept that this is as good as it gets...

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

This team just doesn't execute consistently. They can look really good for a few plays, moving the ball on offense and playing tough D, but they can't sustain it.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@zebeto 

Why would the Clippers blow up a team that is 28-13 and playing very well without their star CP3?

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

If that is a real trade possibility, the Knicks should jump at it! Griffin is young and improving. Collinson is better than any of the pretenders we have at PG. Chandler looks like he is just about done.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Blow it up! Even if we can sneak into the playoffs, what's the point?! We will be embarrassed in the 1st round. Trade every one you can for young talent. If Melo won't commit to staying, trade him too.

lindro88
lindro88

I think he'll be gone by Tuesday. If the Nets win at MSG on Monday, I think that will be all Dolan can handle.

lindro88
lindro88

. They played with a small lineup and won 54 games last season. I think they were a lot better off. Guys like Harden are matchup proof. He's going to score his 25-30 regardless of who is checking him. The Knicks were a better team playing small.

tifoso6
tifoso6

@OLD_KNICK @tifoso6 thank you.  my father played gin rummey on the train to providence with the knicks.   he took me to the locker room and i got the autographs of the 46-47 knicks which i framed and attached to my living room wall.   I have seen it all

but this is pretty bad this year.

C0P0
C0P0

@tifoso6 @OLD_KNICK and a clueless one at that. Championship?! Yea, Ok Jimmy. Just selling Knick Fans garbage. We deserve better.

rico
rico

@kenmetskni they're undermanned and all but I think their biggest problem is confidence. 

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

The Clippers may not want to do this deal. However, if CP3 has influence, he might be able to get their FO to do it. With CP3 and Melo, they might have a better shot at a championship in the next couple of years. Melo is better than Griffin.

On the Knicks end, Griffin is very young and getting better. If we could get Collison, that's a nice upgrade at PG. The Clippers can have ANY of our current PGs to back up CP3.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@DolanitisDr 

Also your missing sight of "WHY THEY STINK!" The Knicks are stinking because "FELTON STINKS", "SHUMPERT STINKS", "AB SOMETIMES STINK" and "TYSON WHEN HE CAN STAY ON THE COURT HE'S NOT SMELLING THAT GOOD EITHER!" 

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@DolanitisDr 

At his age Prigioni is only capable of playing one kind of bball. Slow, half court, non-transition, YMCA type of basketball, and when the tempo of the game change he can not defend anyone! Fat Felton is in that same boat! I told you the book is out on the Knicks back court and if they try to go small they will fail! 

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@knicks50 @lindro88 

Prigioni's offensive rating is 124 pts/100 poss.  His defensive rating is 108 pts/100 poss.  He is not the solution to the starting PG problem, but like it or not, he is one of the few net-positive players on this Knicks team.  You want to focus on "THIS" year's Knicks?  Well, they stink playing "big".

This Knicks plays better with Prigioni on the floor.  Them's the facts.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@lindro88 

That was "LAST YEAR!" 

This year Felton is "fatter", "slower", "more selfish" and "more inconsistent!"

Prigioni is "older", "slower" and even less effective this year than he was last year on the offensive side of the ball! 

Also the book is out on the Knicks small ball scheme and that back court, they would get "ABUSED" every game! Add to those facts that Carmelo looks like he already have played a whole season. Now you want him to guard 250-280 lb. power forwards on the defensive end and have 250-280 lb. power forwards on his back on the offensive end of the court? That kind of punishment I wouldn't put on my worst enemy! 

zebeto
zebeto

@kenmetskni..thats the key CP3.....everyone knows that he love Tyson and wants to play with Melo ......therefore he could be the element inside the clipper organization that can push this deal .

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@kenmetskni

The Clipper have the 4th best offense and 8th best defense in the NBA. That's surely good enough to win a chip. You don't fix what ain't broke. The Knicks are broke and need fixing, which is why we talk about this trade.