Why is John Calipari coaching the Dominican Republic national team?

John Calipari
- photo by Mark Zerof | US Presswire

Why is John Calipari, the head coach at the University of , taking time he doesn’t seem to have – “his days are like 20 hours long,” said Dominican assitant Del Harris – to coach a national team that has yet to make the Olympics, ever? The answer is three-pronged.  One, he wants to build basketball into the mainstream consciousness of the Dominican Republic as another option to a better life. Right now, there’s just baseball, where athletes are thrown into the professional ranks in the minor leagues at young ages.

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