For Braintree's Jim Calhoun, Basketball Is In His Blood

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Jim Calhoun. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SAG Foundation)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Jim Calhoun grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts, and coached his way into the Basketball Hall Of Fame with 880 career wins and three Division One NCAA national titles at Connecticut.

In 2012, at the age of 70, he retired.

"I thought that would be great," he said. "Me, my wife, sunset, golf clubs."

But six years later, he retired from retirement and went back to work as the head coach of Division Three St. Joseph's in Connecticut.

"There's something about basketball, the game itself, what the game meant to me and others, that I'm addicted," he said. "I'm an addict."

It's more than just the game to this now-76-year-old.

"See, my story very simply about my life and the way my town took care of me, my coaches took care of me after my dad died when I was 15, made an imprint upon me that never went away," Calhoun said. "And very simply, I think that I could help kids in very similar situations."

The Blue Jays are 7-4 so far in Calhoun's first season. Their next game is Saturday against Salve Regina.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@cfama_wbz) reports

 

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