- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Each week I talk about the world of sports:
• For another year, we will go without a Triple Crown winner in horse racing. Super Saver and Calvin Borel failed to make it to the winner's circle at the Preakness, leaving the Belmont with a little less drama, baby! It has been over three decades since a horse has won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in the same year (Affirmed in 1978), making that accomplishment extra special.
• I recently spoke to Kentucky coach John Calipari and he said he is going to stay at Kentucky. He said he has the best coaching job in hoops! I have seen and heard all the speculation about him considering a return to the NBA, but I don't think that's happening. He simply reloads and he loves it in Big Blue country. The talk of Calipari to the Cavs or Bulls is absolutely crazy.
• The King, LeBron James, was sidelined for 2010 by the Celtics. He will have all Cavs fans on the edge. My prediction is that he will be back in a Cavs uniform and Dwyane Wade will return with Heat! You know there will be a lot of speculation until that decision is finally made. There is anticipation galore in a number of NBA cities, all hoping and praying that the likes of King James, Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki or Carlos Boozer can land in their neighborhood. Obviously James and Wade head the list, but this will be a wild off-season for NBA free agency.
• I am hearing from upper level people at Notre Dame that it will not join the Big 10 if offered the chance. New football coach Brian Kelly recently said that being an Independent has been a good thing for the tradition of the program.
• It's nice to see Nolan Richardson back on the sidelines. He began his WNBA coaching career with the Tulsa Shock. I am sure the fans in Tulsa are thrilled to see him back, though his debut ended in defeat as his team lost to Minnesota. Richardson, a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame, is a great teacher and his team will get better and better.
• The Atlanta Hawks' decision to let Mike Woodson go just shows how wacky the world of coaching is. Woodson got the Hawks to the playoffs and did a solid job. Remember, Atlanta won 53 games during the regular season. His team was swept by the Magic in the playoffs, but it really is all about the, "What have you done for me lately?" He still deserved a better fate.
• Get ready for a little hoops rumble in the NBA conference finals. I like the Magic to stop the Celtics in 5 and the Lakers to shut down the Suns in 6! I know Boston won Game 1, but I have to be honest about my prediction because I put it on Twitter before Game 1 on Sunday!
• What a fantastic gala the Ronald McDonald Charities put on in Tampa. I was truly honored to receive their award and the $50,000 they gave to the Jimmy V Foundation! It was a very special night and I cannot thank them enough.