Long before John Calipari’s Hall of Fame coaching career began, he, like so many of the players he now molds, was chasing the same dream he helps his kids reach: to play basketball for a living.He would get shots up every day in the gym. At night, Calipari would jimmy open one of the doors to the high school across the street from his home in Pennsylvania and squeeze through a pair of chained doors.
Inside he worked on every aspect of his game into the wee hours of the morning. He worked on his ball handling, his shooting, his conditioning – everything.
Ultimately it led to a roster spot at UNC Wilmington, and later Division II Clarion University.
At 19, Brad Calipari can relate to his father in so many regards.