Thursday, May 5, 2011

Washington Denies Being Involved In Coaching Search With Federations

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.

Coach Cal To Coach Dominican National Team

IPRB was the first to announce that the Dominican Federation was interested in Coach Cal. The national media soon picked up the story and now it is official. Coach Cal is now officially the Coach of the Dominican National Team.

It's going to be interesting to see what move Puerto Rico makes in respect to their Head Coach.
With Federations making moves across the region including, Jamaica possibly naming former Georgetown Hoya and New Knicks Center Patrick Ewing as their Heach Coach, Puerto Rico's is officially on the clock.

Dominican Federation and Coach Cal Could Announce This Week

IPRB confirmed earlier today from reliable sources that Coach Cal and the Dominican Federation are close to getting a deal done. Three of the the four NBA players who are of Dominican descent including Al Horford, Francisco Garcia and Charlie Villanueva have all agreed to play for the Dominican Team with Trevor Ariza considering joining the team.