John Calipari

US steps up security for U19 basketball tournament in Egypt

John Calipari would prefer to focus on the players he wants and the offense he'll run.

This time, there are other concerns.

When he leads the U.S. basketball team into the Under-19 World Cup for men, they will travel to Egypt, home to enough violence lately that the Americans considered not going to defend their title.

Calipari spoke to parents seeking answers he didn't even have for himself. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is now USA Basketball's chairman, and a conversation a few weeks ago that detailed the Americans' security plans and procedures put Calipari's mind at ease.

The 12 teenagers on the team will have the...

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