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Orlando Antigua to be named the new head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team

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In a move that was widely expected, Orlando Antigua will be named the new head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team in the coming days, according to dominicanosenbasket.com. Antigua, a DR native, has been Cal’s assistant on the National Team since 2011, and the two helped lead the Dominicans to the CentroBasket gold medal, and were one game away short of getting the team to their first ever Olympic appearance.

The announcement will be made public in a few days, and Antigua’s first event as the new head coach will be the Dominican International Premundial Tournament, held in Caracas, Venezuela, from August 30 to September 11, 2013. The top four teams will qualify for the 2014 FIBA ​​World Cup in Madrid. The job is not expected to interfere with his assistant coaching job at UK.

Congrats, Coach O! Let me know if you need a blogger to cover the summer training in Punta Cana…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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15 Comments for Orlando Antigua to be named the new head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team



  1. Fact Check
    12:41 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sure the DR did not make the 2012 Olympics in London. I could be wrong and don’t feel like looking it up.



  2. Fact Check
    12:46 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Mistakes happen and when they do the BBN is always here to crucify you for them.



  3. Joker
    12:49 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Cal was let go because he coached them Dominicans to the NIT



  4. Jerry Tipton
    12:55 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    BREAKING- John Calipari has been relieved of his coaching duties as the head coach of the Dominican Republic National team and replaced by the assistant head coach of a team that lost to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT.



  5. Jake from State Farm
    12:56 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    She said Punta.



  6. A Real Kentucky Fan
    12:57 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations Coach Antigua. The BBN will be rooting for you.



  7. Popeye Jones
    1:09 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Coach O is of Puerta Rican descent.



  8. Chaz
    1:18 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Go Coach O. Keep building that resume. I like it. Keep the coaching tree growing.



  9. M
    1:22 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I love how people make fun of UK for losing in the NIT with their best player injured, an unathletic Julius Mays getting 37 mpg and 3 white players that can’t defend coming off of the bench. I have this strange feeling that their team has also been to the NIT, and their program fails in comparison historically to UK. Once the season starts hopefully they’ll move on and come up with something original like Cal is a cheat. That’s real original right there.



  10. Jughead
    1:50 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    @8 Puerto Rico, Senor. Es masculina.



  11. what doin?
    4:14 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    @10 – Is it really necessary to imply/declare white guys off the bench don’t or cant’t defend? Thought we were past judgement based on skin color. Maybe stereotyping still applies?



  12. M
    4:50 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I understand how that can be perceived as sterotyping #12. However, watching documentaries of players trying to make the league, that have to overcome this hurdle/perception makes me realize that it’s something that executives and other’s in the league consider. Yes it’s a stereotype, but in most cases it’s unfortunately a fact.



  13. what doin?
    5:51 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    @13 – I appreciate your rational answer. Just want to ask one question: if uncle Julius was on the bench, would you have said “one black player and two white players that can’t defend coming off the bench”?
    M, I’m not coming at you, just wondering when fans will address player by name, not by race or country. Also talking to Matt J when he talks about Duke or IU players.



  14. Ky_Tom
    9:48 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats coach Antigua…Go get’em, now go show the world You are ready for this chance…