HoopsHype John Calipari rumors

December 13, 2012 Updates
December 8, 2012 Updates

Apparently Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a crisis of confidence in the preseason, but his college coach quickly put out that fire. Kentucky coach John Calipari, speaking with local media in Lexington, revealed Friday that Kidd-Gilchrist sent him text messages that “I may have made a mistake’’ turning pro, and “I don’t think I’m good enough.’’ “He was scared to death,’’ Calipari recalled. Charlotte Observer

December 7, 2012 Updates

Apparently Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a crisis of confidence in the preseason, but his college coach quickly put out that fire. Kentucky coach John Calipari, speaking with local media in Lexington, revealed Friday that Kidd-Gilchrist sent him text messages that “I may have made a mistake’’ turning pro, and “I don’t think I’m good enough.’’ “He was scared to death,’’ Calipari recalled. Calipari brought this up to illustrate how much he valued Kidd-Gilchrist’s competitiveness, resilience and energy. He reminded Kidd-Gilchrist of that in a series of texts. Charlotte Observer

September 28, 2012 Updates
September 27, 2012 Updates

In the midst of those workouts, his year went from bad to worse upon hearing he was cut from the Dominican Republic National Team. Upon hearing the name of Kentucky and national team coach John Calipari, Villanueva grunted. "The DR thing definitely stung," he said. "That's your country you're representing. They never gave me an opportunity to work out in the first place. I never worked out for these guys, it caught me off guard. I'm reading up on this and I'm like, 'Wow.'" Detroit News

September 10, 2012 Updates
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July 7, 2012 Updates

Charlie Villanueva: “I’m at home relaxing and people are hitting me up like, ‘You got cut from the Dominican Republic team?’ I didn’t know anything about it. The crazy thing is I spoke to coach Cal like two weeks before I supposedly got cut. Everything was fine. Everything was cool, then this article came out that I got cut. I had never worked out for them. Besides one conversation I had with coach Cal, they never saw me. NBA.com

June 28, 2012 Updates

What was coach Calipari like? Anthony Davis: He's great. Y'all mistake him for this devil, but he's not that bad off the court. On the court, he got love for the game, passion about it. He can become real mean at times, especially when you're not listening. But he treats everybody the same. GQ.com

June 26, 2012 Updates

Kentucky's Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Teague are one-and-dones, while Jones and Lamb entered the draft as sophomores. Miller was a senior. Kentucky coach John Calipari wasn't ruling out the chance that all six could go in the first round. "My hope is all six, but I don't know," Calipari said earlier this month. "I would be surprised if four are not. I would say four are locks and the other two have to go work out." NBA.com

June 24, 2012 Updates

According to FIBA.com, Villanueva was cut from the Dominican Republic national team that is coached by Kentucky's John Calipari. Villanueva reportedly had a private workout for the team in New York, and Calipari told Deportes en la Z, "Charlie ... was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively." Rob Villanueva, Charlie's older brother, said the New York private workout never took place. Rob added that Charlie has taken to a boxing routine for fitness and is enjoying it tremendously. Detroit Free Press

June 12, 2012 Updates

Calipari, who guided the team to a bronze medal last summer at the FIBA Americas Championship and then led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA title, is working out with the Dominicans in Lexington. Villanueva had a private workout for the Dominican Republic in New York and didn't leave a good impression. "Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari said to Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively. FIBA.com

May 22, 2012 Updates
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He is the king of college basketball — and Kentucky — and said once again he has no interest in leaving the Bluegrass State for Madison Square Garden or anyother NBA job. "Mike Woodson is a dear friend of mine and he is doing an unbelieveable job and he has gotten Carmelo to be the Carmelo he needs to be to win,'' Calipari said. "And I got the best job in basketball, in my opinion. You don't need to make decisions financially, which I did the last time when I went to the Nets. Fifteen million back in 1996, when you're a kid, is like $30 million now. At Kentucky, you can win championships. And you have a stage that really helps the young people. "I'm not going to to the Knicks. Mike Woodson will be your coach.” New York Daily News

May 8, 2012 Updates

John Calipari and his national champion Kentucky Wildcats had a wild weekend. Friday, they were at the White House. Saturday it was the Kentucky Derby and Sunday they were back on campus to see seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas graduate. Tuesday, Calipari was at the New York Athletic Club, where he was to receive a crystal trophy at the annual Winged Foot dinner. New York Daily News

He is the king of college basketball — and Kentucky — and said once again he has no interest in leaving the Bluegrass State for Madison Square Garden or anyother NBA job. "Mike Woodson is a dear friend of mine and he is doing an unbelieveable job and he has gotten Carmelo to be the Carmelo he needs to be to win,'' Calipari said. "And I got the best job in basketball, in my opinion. You don't need to make decisions financially, which I did the last time when I went to the Nets. Fifteen million back in 1996, when you're a kid, is like $30 million now. At Kentucky, you can win championships. And you have a stage that really helps the young people. "I'm not going to to the Knicks. Mike Woodson will be your coach.” New York Daily News

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