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Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

Posted on: May 10, 2009 1:55 am
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John Calipari spent the weekend in Memphis.

With Chris Douglas-Roberts.

And Derrick Rose.

And Joey Dorsey.

And this sure does feel like 2008 again, doesn't it?

"It was really neat," Calipari said by phone late Saturday night. "Everybody had a great time."

Calipari flew to Memphis to celebrate the graduation of four former players -- Antonio Anderson, Robert Dozier, Shawn Taggart and Chance McGrady -- by throwing a party at his home that also lured Douglas-Roberts, Rose and Dorsey (all of whom are now in the NBA) back to the city in which they played college basketball. Calipari did not attend Saturday's graduation ceremony because he had no interest in creating a scene, particularly a possible unpleasant one. But he said he still wanted to provide a presence for the players he recruited to Memphis, so Calipari came home, organized a cookout and invited all sorts of people with UofM ties -- from academic advisors to trainers to new Memphis coach Josh Pastner.

By all accounts, it was good for everybody involved.

Lots of old friends together for a day, even if they will go their own way again soon.

Calipari will head back to Kentucky.

Douglas-Roberts to New Jersey.

Rose to Chicago.

Dorsey to Houston ... although he plans to return next year.

"You should've seen Joey," Calipari said. "He watched those guys graduate, and he said, 'I want to do that.' So he said he's going to finish up (school) and walk next year."

If so, party at Cal's.
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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2009 9:49 am
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

UK fans like you are why UK is now the most disliked team in the nation.  Who do you think you are to tell us how to feel?  Just wait, my friend, you are going to eat a lot of your hateful, smart remarks.  It is time for you to shut your mouth and wait till you do all the things you keep  bragging about.   



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 3:44 pm
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

by the way I dont bash memphis fans I just bash the ones with an atitude problem but I understand that you are mad that your coach left and all but the reason I am upset is I hate it when fans have a good coach that is successful and as soon as he leaves then they absolutly hate him. I am not saying you are one of these fans but I am saying that TNTIGERFAN is.



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 3:42 pm
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

Well the funny thing is that tiger fans seemed happy while he was there. I mean any fan should be happy making the final fours and making championships. You know what you have an attitude and when all you tiger fans say that you are tired of hearing that he calls memphis home well I hate to tell you but when you live in one place that long then it becomes your home, and as far as you go about uk stealing the players well I got one question for you. If you was a player and the coach left at the school you were going to attend then why wouldnt that make you less likely to attend the school.



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 3:10 pm
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

I think its kind of funny that a UK fan actually wants me to post a link to the quotes that were obviously made up by changing the words in the original story which I assume he never even looked at.  Guess he is one of those Jethro's who has a master's degree and forgot to put a few common sense with it.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 1:20 pm
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

I TIED YOU WITH LESS WORDS, I LOVE THIS SCORING SYSTEM,BUT SERIOUSLY IF YOU UK GUYS WOULD JUST LEAVE US ALONE SO WE CAN HEAL, WE BOTH WOULD BE HAPPIER! THE REAL UK FANS WOULD JUST LET US VENT WITHOUT ALWAYS TRYING TO PROVOKE US. sORRY MY ANGER GOT IN THE WAY, PLEASE GIVE US A LITTLE SLACK.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 1:05 pm
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

I am always amazed how uk nuts just have to give us tigers their feelings on calaperi! YOU DON'T KNOW HIM!!!!!WAIT A YEAR AND GET BACK TO US AFTER YOU HAVE BOUGHT ANOTHER PROGRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 1:02 pm
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

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Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 12:58 pm
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

You are just pathetic,waisting so much time to send us you openion!!! You are just in need of some other HOBBY!! Bashing MEMPHIS fans can't be your only job!!!!!We were badly burned by your lousy school who can only win by STEELING OUR PLAYERS!!THE ONLY WAY YOU ARE GOING TO WIN IS BY BUYING THE COACH AND OUR FUTURE PLAYERS. YOU KNOW WE HAD THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY AND YOU WILDCATS BOUGHT EVERYTHING! IF YOU WIN A GAME, MORALY IT BELONGS TO US. IT IS A SHAME THAT YOU HAVE TO BUY A TEAM,YOU COULD NOT EARN THE OLD FASHION WAY, RECRUIT THE YEAR BEFORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 11:15 am
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

"You should've seen Joey," Calipari said. "He watched those guys graduate, and he said, 'I want to do that.' So he said he's going to finish up (school) and walk next year."

way to go, joey!  finish school!  we all love you here in memphis!

Calipari did not attend Saturday's graduation ceremony because he had no interest in creating a scene, particularly a possible unpleasant onei'd say that was one of cal's best decisions yet.  it was their day (antonio, dozier, taggs and mcgrady).  cal being there would have definitely caused a disturbance!  lol!

congrats to the players for graduating!



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 9:33 am
 

Cal returns to Memphis for graduation celebration

RKNIP,

It very simple. Your happy you have this coach. I am happy he is gone. We are both Happy.  Now once your coach stops calling my city home I will be even more happy.


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