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Players First:Coaching From the Inside Out

John Calipari and Michael Sokolove

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari reflects on his four years in Lexington and his job as a coach there. While the university may be a fine education, Calipari realizes that his players come there for a shot to make it in the NBA, so he must prepare for those with the talent to make the big time who may not stay long and see that the educational opportunity is not neglected for those of lesser ability. He begins the season with a team entirely different than the one before - some new players, a new dynamic - so there is no resting on past accolades.