John Calipari pokes U of L and Pitino again

Two recent favorites of University of Louisville basketball fans will be playing in the KFC Yum! Center if ticket sales are brisk enough for a game between the Dominican Republic national team and an outfit that calls itself the Kentucky Legends.

The Legends, of course, were assembled by John Calipari who, in still another effort to one-up Rick Pitino and U of L fans, wants to have something resembling a home game atmosphere on the Cards’ home court. The game is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16th.

But Calipari is not content with that, suggesting that Denny Crum, U of L’s former Hall of Fame coach, may be asked to coach the UK Legends and against a national team that includes two former Louisville players in Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa. Crum is said to be receptive to the offer.

We’re happy to welcome Garcia and Sosa back. However, the notion of a bunch of “UK legends” playing an exhibition game at the Yum! Center is more than a little grating. The contract with the Yum! Center forbids UK from playing a regular season game there without U of L’s approval. A clear case of Calipari again circumventing the rules to get what he wants.

Denny Crum agreeing to coach a team of former UK players is reminiscent of Rick Pitino’s decision to become head coach at U of L. Maybe Denny’s been away from the game so long he misses the spotlight. Maybe he no longer cares what fans think. More than once during his career he suggested than fans should mind their own business. Or maybe he thinks it’s just an exhibition game and nobody really cares.

Whatever. Denny is playing right into the hands of Calipari’s, sticking it to Rick Pitino and Louisville fans every chance he gets.

Francisco Garcia Returns To Kings’ Starting Lineup

Francisco Garcia finally returned to the starting lineup for the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday after missing six weeks due to a calf injury. It was a long time for Coach Reggie Theus who has seen his team lacking energy and passing up shots at crucial points.Garcia

As the Sacramento Bee reported, it was going to be difficult to tell who would be happier, the former University of Louisville star or the former UofL assistant:

“His competitiveness is something we need desperately,” said Theus, whose team has lost seven of its last eight games. “It’s his attitude. He’s one of the leaders on this team, a verbal, emotional leader.

“He wants the ball down the stretch. He’s a guy who stretches the defense. Last year, he was one of the best on-ball defenders we had.”

Garcia didn’t disappoint, accumulating 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 31 minutes during a 99-95 loss to Utah. As he rounds back into shape, watch for continued improvement.

The Kings currently have a 5-15 won-lost record and are in fifth place in the Pacific Division of the NBA’s Western Conference.