By LARRY VAUGHT
While he was on Sirius XM NBA Radio, Kentucky coach John Calipari told Malik Rose and Frank Isola that David Blatt was a “better choice” than him to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I coached against him. I’m not sitting here just saying it. I coached against him in FIBA basketball. I watched him coach Russia, the guy can coach, OK? Those players, all they want is respect. If they respect you as a coach they’re going to play like crazy,” Calipari, who was offered the Cleveland job by owner Dan Gilbert and turned it down, said.
Calipari thinks the Cavs with LeBron James will improve dramatically.
“Dan Gilbert is a great guy who wants it for the right reasons, that’s why Cleveland will win. Now you just have to have really good players. Guess what? Cleveland has really good players,” Calipari said.