The complex portrait of John Calipari
April, 3, 2012
By Jay Bilas | ESPN.com
Jamie Rhodes/US PresswireJohn Calipari preaches to his players that they should strongly pursue their NBA dreams.The NCAA marketing machine was running smoothly in New Orleans on the game's biggest and brightest stage, taking in gobs of money with a stunning and ruthless efficiency at every turn in its "commercial model." At the very same time, the NCAA sent out some mixed messages about its "collegiate model."
At the center of that stage stood Kentucky coach John Calipari, fighting perception and reality at every turn, and having the audacity to tell the truth about the manner in which he does his job.