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Stumbling in a savior situation

A decade ago, Calipari's demanding ways as Nets coach rubbed some the wrong way

Updated: April 3, 2009, 2:20 AM ET
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine

He was going to be the savior. And he let everyone know it. In a sense, those two sentences sum up the brief, controversial and turbulent NBA coaching career of college basketball's man of the hour, John Calipari.

Thirteen years ago, Calipari, who this week was given a record-setting eight-year, $31.65 million deal to coach the University of Kentucky, was in a similar position at the game's top level. Fresh off leading UMass to its first-ever Final Four appearance, Calipari ...

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