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“He was going to come,” Calhoun, who had led UConn to NCAA titles in 1999 and 2004 ahead of the Durant recruitment, said in a phone interview after he made similar comments Saturday on Sirius NBA Radio. “He didn’t tell me personally, no. He told Rudy that.” He added: “That summer [2006], he and Rudy Gay went to France, I believe it was, with Nike, and as he got off the plane [in the U.S.], he told Rudy, ‘I’m going to see you. I’m going to see you. I’m going to room with you.’ So they made their plans to be together.”
Jim Calhoun said of Kemba, “Once he gets his reads … I think he’s going to bring, like every player, what he does well. What Kemba does well is lead. Even though he’s only an eight-year veteran, he’s a hungry guy. He wants to win. I know talking to him the end of last season, ‘What’s going to make your mind up? Because it’s your decision, certainly not anybody else’s.’ And we talk a lot, and he says, ‘Winning. I want to win. I’m at that point in my career. God’s been good, and I’ve made money, but I want to win.’”
Connecticut basketball alumni are expected show up in force for their former coach Jim Calhoun’s biennial charity game. Saturday evening’s event at the Mohegan Sun arena benefits the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the UConn Health Center. Players say it also gives them a chance to say thank you to the 70-year-old Calhoun, who has coached UConn to three national championships. Kemba Walker and Rudy Gay are among the NBA stars who have confirmed they will be there.