While coaching at UMass, Calipari experienced a similar situation when star Marcus Camby collapsed before a January 1996 game against St. Bonaventure. Calipari did not coach in the game, instead accompanying Camby to a local hospital.
“They never found out what it was,” Calipari said Thursday when asked about his reaction to Johnson’s medical emergency. “…The rest of the season, I was really conscious of him, especially when he first came back. If he went down and grabbed his knees, my stomach was in my throat.
“It was something obviously, but he played the rest of the year and he had a terrific 17 years in the NBA. So, let’s hope that it’s the same.”