By Felipe Perez
Several blogs and mainstream media outlets have been linking Puerto Rico Playmakers Founder and basketball power broker Todd Washington to Coach Calipari's hiring in the Dominican Republic. It has also been reported that Washington was assisting the Puerto Rico Federation in its hiring process. Washington vehemently, denied those reports when contacted by IPRB via text today.
Washington said,""I am not involved in either situation and want the record to be clear. I've worked with both Federations in the past but have nothing to do with either the hiring of Coach Cal in the DR or the new coaching search in Puerto Rico."
It's was reported last week in several blogs that Washington had introduced former, Wake Forest and South Carolina Head Coach Dave Odom, to Federation President, Carlos Beltran and had arranged through Coach Odom for Beltran to speak to both Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim and Team USA and Duke University Head Coach, Mike Krzyzewski. Both coaches allegedly called Beltran in support of hiring Odom as Head Coach of the National Team.
Washington further commented by saying,"Sure I know who Coach Odom is but I do not represent him or the Federation. I don't have a clue what they are doing in terms of finding a head coach. It's really none of my business and I am not involved whatsoever."
Washington's quote is completely inconsistent with information provided to IPRB last week in which Washington supposedly picked Odom as the candidate he decided to lobby to get Carlos Beltran to consider. Other candidates Washington considered recommending included, Former New York Knick and ESPN Commentator, Mark Jackson, Portland Trailblazers' Head Coach, Nate McMillan and former Princeton Head Coach, Pete Carril who is now an Assistant with the Sacramento Kings.
Rumors are circulating that Coach Odom is on island interviewing for the job tomorrow. We will continue to investigate this story and provide updates as new and relevant information becomes available.