Clinton seemed especially interested in chatting up the college hoops coaches, including Pitino and Calipari, with whom he had lunch. “I spent a lot of time with [President Clinton] at the White House,” said Pitino, the new St. John’s coach who has been busy rebuilding his roster. “We were just talking [Tuesday], he said some really nice things.” Calipari had a busy week in New York between the BTIG event and watching his former Kentucky guys Julius Randle, Immanuel Quickley and Bam Adebayo in the Knicks-Heat series. He also had lunch with Clinton and talked hoops. “Had a great morning fundraising for charity with BTIG and then had lunch with my friend President Clinton,” Calipari Tweeted. “John Wall called during lunch and he and the President had a nice conversation.” Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook
John Calipari And Bill Clinton at #btigcharityday pic.twitter.com/lFouZpkJrY— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 2, 2023
By ADAM ZAGORIA NEW YORK — When Iona coach Tobin Anderson met former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday at the BTIG Charity Day in Manhattan, Clinton immediately let on that he was a big college basketball fan. “Yeah, Bill Clinton said he watched the whole Purdue game [against Fairleigh Dickinson in the NCAA Tournament] and said he loved watching us play,” Anderson, who led FDU to just the second-ever upset of a No. 1 seed before taking over at Iona after the season, said at the event. “That made my day.” “He said it was his favorite NCAA tourney of all time,” Anderson added. Clinton also talked about the NCAA Tournament with UConn coach Dan Hurley, who led the Huskies to their fifth national championship — and his first — starting with a first-round win over Rick Pitino and Iona. “I did talk ball with Clinton,” Hurley said. “He watched us the whole tournament and especially the Arkansas game. He asked about my dad [Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley Sr.]. Big hoops fan.” Clinton, 76, was the biggest star at the annual event which also featured Lawrence Taylor, Eli Manning, Michael Strahan, Aaron Boone, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Mark Messier, Henrik Lundqvist, John Calipari, Hank Azaria, Patrick Dempsey, Hannah Storm, Robin Roberts and Chuck Scarborough.