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Calipari introduces Pastner at fundraiser

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TUNICA, MS (WMC-TV) - The past and present of Memphis basketball came together with an NBA hall of famer at a charity event Monday night in Tunica.

Former University of Memphis coach John Calipari, current coach Josh Pastner, and Charles Barkley were among those at a fundraiser for local children's charities..

Calipari introduced Pastner, and later spoke to Action News 5 for the first time about the University's decision about its new coach.

"I'm excited for the program," he said. "My wife, when I told her, she screamed what a great opportunity this is."

Pastner's former boss said what you see is what you get.

"(I) watched the press conference and thought this is fabulous because that's him.  That's Josh.  I think he's going to do great," Calipari said.

Pastner said if there was one thing he slacked on during his first week on the job, it was sleep.

"People say, 'Delegate, delegate.' I don't have anyone to delegate too but myself.  So I'm having one man staff meetings," he quipped.

Pastner said he doesn't mind all the talk about his age.

"I think it's fun. Age is over rated. It's how you feel," he said.

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, also on hand for the charity event, agreed.

"I don't think age has anything to do with it.  Coach Tomlin led the Steelers to the Super Bowl.  He's the youngest coach in NFL history," Barkley said.

Pastner believes it all comes down to attitude, and there's no question, he has a good one.

"There's 86,400 seconds in a day, from midnight to midnight," he said. "You don't get to carry those over.  Realize how precious life is, live a positive life with a good heart and a good spirit, good things happen."

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