HOUSTON — Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun had some fun on Friday when discussing the far younger coaches who also will be leading teams in Houston this weekend.
Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart dove on the court for a loose ball during the Rams’ open practice.
The 68-year-old coach praised them all, even his old rival John Calipari, of Kentucky.
“I feel like Fred MacMurray (of My Three Sons) with Shaka being the brilliant and very smart, but cool, fighter,” Calhoun said.
“Brad (Stevens, of Butler) hasn’t said a wrong word ever. He’s your middle child. Never said a wrong word. I said: ‘Brad, lighten up a little bit. I screw up every two minutes. Would you just screw up once?’
“Then we have our problem older child (Calipari) who is also brilliant and a terrific, terrific basketball coach.”
Calhoun also dispensed some advice for the trio:
“Where you are right now is as good as it gets, and don’t ever take it for granted ’cause this is really, really special stuff. This is special, special stuff.
“There will be knocks and bumps and things along the way. After 39 years as a Division I head coach, I can speak from experience.”