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Coach Cal and Coach K don’t see eye to eye on Duke’s flopping

Nov 14, 2012, 12:58 AM EDT

John Calipari

ATLANTA – Kentucky head coach John Calipari is never afraid to pick a fight, and he did just that on Tuesday night.

Interviewed on ESPN at halftime, Cal told Andy Katz that “Duke is flopping all over the place and if they were in the NBA they would be getting fined.”

Combining a well-known stereotype with a well-timed pop-culture reference? Cal could have made it as a stand-up comic. I’m sure of it.

Coach K was asked about the comment in the postgame press conference and, safe to say, he was non-plussed.

“I really don’t pay attention, not just to John, but to other coaches. I don’t really care” he said. “He has a right to say whatever he wants. I thought we took some amazing charges and probably could have taken a couple more. There’s a difference between a charge and a flop. A flop means you don’t take any contact, and I hope that anybody who watches the game would say our kids played good defense.”

“And we don’t make any money so we can’t be fined.”

Cal? Well, he tried to play it off as a joke.

“I don’t even remember. What did I say? It was a joke. You guys at Duke can take a joke, right? Sheesh.”

Apparently not.

  1. heathater4lifeson - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Duke flops, gets all the calls and coach cal isn’t afraid to speak his mind… Nothing new here.

    • vegaloco - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Kentucky was sloppy with the ball and committed numerous turnovers both from losing the ball and committing charges. Sorry Kentucky fans but you can’t just smash into people in a sloppy manner and not expect to get called for a charge! Duke was playing good fundamental defense, and that’s coming from a neutral fan

      • metalarmdad - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        I will agree KY was sloppy and didn’t play as good as it should BUT it is comom knowledge that it one thing that Duke is noted for and that is flopping. Even Duke player who go into the NBA have to be broken of that bad habit.

    • cltjump - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      But Duke does flop. Like, a lot.

      • chewyjr - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM

        Forgive caliparis comment on the players getting fined, sometimes he forgets that other teams dont pay their players

      • cltjump - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        Posting the same comment twice? Clevaaahhh. I’m not even a UK fan, it’s just a fact. But you bunch of Dookie-lovers can’t face the truth.

    • chewyjr - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:57 AM

      Guys forgive caliparis comment on the players getting fined, sometimes he forgets that other teams dont pay their players

  2. jann856 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    And no other team in D1 flops, Duke won, UK lost. Calipari is just a big jokster. Move on.

  3. tiger7575 - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    It’s offensive to coach Cal when college basketball is not played writhing the spirit of the rules and in the best long term interest of the Student -Athlete…see
    Rose, Derrick…SAT scores….see UMASS 1996 Tourney wins vacated. Good for coach.

  4. cpanthersfan - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I love how a flustered, outcoached Cal spouts off at the mouth with something he wishes he wouldn’t have said, then afterwards tries to pass it off as a joke. Sorry Cal we are all not the kids you are used to manipulating with your words.

    I love how K owned him on the court and then afterwards with just one well worded sentence. You can take what K said a million different ways, but yet it was just an innocent obvious statement. The Genious of K strikes again!

    That said, the media is making more of it than what is needed.

    • cpanthersfan - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      Also, I love lamp

    • metalarmdad - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      cpanthersfan…you got one thing wrong in your statement, K is not a brain, just a long nose a** kisser who has gotten his way for a long time just like John Wooden . Wooden retired and then the bottom fell out of his cheating with Poppa Sam Gilbert. Cover up was tired but the truth still came out, just ask Bill Walton, and my guess the same will happen when Nose retires because he has kissed to many rears and missed a few that some revenge will be had on him. I can’t wait.

      • chewyjr - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        I think u got coach k and coach cal mixed up

  5. imforbigblue - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I’m not taking away from dUKe they played a good game but they get away with so many fouls it’s sick and they do flop like a damn fish out of water. UK played a crappy as can be game last nite with no PG and still almost won. They don’t want to run into UK come March once these young guys get it down and start playing team ball

    • dlmzzz - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      I was at the game. I didn’t see flopping — the game was VERY physical, with tons of contact — you can argue whether it should be a block or a charge, but when those guys hit, someone was going down.

      If you want to make the argument that the game was so physical that a lot of fouls didn’t get called, I can see that. If that game gets tightly called, a lot of guys could have fouled out.

      • redneckruss - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:17 AM

        and sev DUKE players DID in fact FOUL out. Imagine that, look at ur stats people.

  6. ryanw822 - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Some coaches win by getting gifts from refs. Other coaches win by giving gifts to players.

  7. mostdiggity - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Puuleeese! C’mon K, loosen up the sphincter.

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