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Notes from Jim Calhoun tribute night

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Empty a reporter’s notebook from Sunday’s Jim Calhoun tribute:
A crowd of about 600 people turned out at Gampel Pavilion, and those in attendance included former Husky players Kevin Ollie, A.J. Price, Ray Allen, Scott Burrell, Jeremy Lamb, Ben Gordon, Kemba Walker, Rudy Gay, Donyell Marshall, Donny Marshall, Andre Drummond, Hasheem Thabeet, Stanley Robinson, and Jeff Adrien. This year’s players, coached by Ollie, also were on hand.
The roll call for current and former assistant coaches included Tom Moore, Howie Dickenman, Andre LaFleur, Patrick Sellers, Karl Hobbs, Steve Pikiell and Glenn Miller.
JOB HUNT: After spending four years in the NBA, A.J. Price is looking for work. The 6-foot- guard, who was a second-round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 2009, spent last season – his fourth in the league – with the Washington Wizards.
“I’ve been blessed to make it, it was something that I always wanted to do since I was a little kid,” Price said about playing in the NBA. “Right now I am a free agent and don’t have a job right now, but like I said, I made it and I wanted to do it.
“Whether my NBA career continues or not I still continue to do what I need to do and provide (for my family).”
Price did not rule out playing overseas if a job in the NBA doesn’t open up in the next few weeks.
“You can’t get nervous, it’s part of the business,” Price said. “It happens. Either way I’ve been blessed and I’ll be fine.”
STICKS PLAYS ON: Former Husky Stanley Robinson worked out with some current Huskies during pickup games last week at Gampel. Robinson said he was preparing to play north of the border in a Canadian league next month.
“I was just trying to get into shape,” he said.
So what did Robinson think about this year’s team at UConn:
“They are pretty good,” he said. “They are a young team, but they’ll be all right.”
One player stood out to Robinson among the group, though.
“Shabazz (Napier) is going to be a solid player this year,” Robinson said. “He can shoot it, too.”
NOTEBOOK: A bust of Jim Calhoun, which was on display during cocktail hour and during the dinner, will be on display at the new practice facility being built. Women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma will also have one there. … … Stadium Road on the UConn campus will be renamed Jim Calhoun Way. … Calhoun said he has not spoken with troubled former Husky Tate George in about “five years.” George is current on trial in New Jersey on federal wire fraud charges. … Walker arrived right before the 5 p.m. event started and declined to talk with the media.

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