We now have “John Calipari: The Strategist,” the fifth and final piece in Mike DeCourcy’s series on John Calipari.
This time, DeCourcy writes about John Calipari, the coach. It begins with the story of how Cal blew UMass’s chances against Kentucky in the 1992 Sweet Sixteen, setting up the Laettner game in the Regional Final. As one of his former players tells it, Calipari took complete responsibility in the locker room after receiving a technical foul late in a close game.
“I don’t know there would have been many coaches that would have stepped up like that.”
The piece then goes on to look at Cal’s career numbers, his ability to adapt to his personnel, and something we all remember well: the tweak.
“Whether it was a marketing scheme or a tactical adjustment, it worked,” DeCourcy writes.
Read more in the final part of the series. All five parts linked here below: