Today marked the 15th and final practice of the spring for Kentucky football. Hard to →
By Nick Roush on ©April 19th, 2015 @ 10:00am
Meet Nigel, an African grey parrot who called California home until he mysterious flew away in 2010. Before he left, the parrot mimicked his owner’s British accent. It was a long journey home, but after four years he has been reunited with his owner Darren Chick. Unfortunately he lost his British accent, but he did find the time to pick a new language — Spanish.
Get out your brooms! The BatCats swept Tennessee over the weekend. Ka’ai Tom deserves credit, but he can thank me for getting things started off on the right foot Thursday when I consistently let Rocky Top’s centerfielder, Brody, know why he was going to lose (spoiler: it’s because he played for that awful, terrible school).
It is going to be a sad day when Jon Stewart hangs up The Daily Show mic. Regardless of your beliefs, he’s changed the way news is viewed and helped a generation become more aware of what in the hell is going on around the world. From the Guardian, Jon Stewart: Why I quit The Daily Show.
A Cubs fan made a smooth move by catching a foul ball with her cup of beer. Instead of spilling her beer, she just chugged it like a champ.
People are still butt-hurt over Britt McHenry’s tow truck rant, especially at ESPN, with some hoping she’ll get the proverbial ax. Why this is still a story, I’ll never know. I just hope there aren’t cameras at UK Parking. Those people are the absolute worst. I can’t condemn her actions because I’ve probably shared similar words with the worst people on Earth. The only difference is that her salary can afford to pay the ticket/tow, whereas UK Parking siphons whatever money you haven’t spent on tuition, books and beer to fund their evil empire.
Steph Curry proved that Anthony Davis is in fact a human being.
By Miss J.C. Ausmus on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 10:30pm
Forget ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Kentucky’s new favorite game has become ‘Where’s Coach Cal?’ Cal has been out and about going here, there, and yonder trying to fill the holes left in next year’s team by the mass exodus of seven players to the NBA draft. Yesterday, Cal was in North Carolina; today he was in the Great White North. Where to next, Cal? Any speculation, BBN?
Mike Thorne, Jr. committed to Illinois.
Thorne, a 6’11” 270 lb grad transfer, who was on Kentucky’s radar to fill the void WCS and KAT will leave behind has decided to finish out his college career at Illinois. Speaking of recruiting news…
Cal met with Brandon Ingram last night, Jamal Murray today.
Kentucky met with five star SF Brandon Ingram last night and Nike Hoop Summit star Jamal Murray today. As of right now Murray, a 6’4” combo guard is in the 2016 class, but a reclassification could be possible. We shall see…
Kentucky has offered Mychal Mulder.
According to Sonny Bairos of CanadianBallers.com, Coach Cal has offered Mychal Mulder, a 6’4″ JUCO shooting guard out of Vincennes Junior College. Mulder averaged 15.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg last season and will have two years of eligibility to work with. He also has offers from Wichita State, Mizzou, Creighton, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, and Indiana.
Skal Labissiere speaks French with Cheick Diallo.
Our favorite Haitian is trying his best to get Cheick Diallo to come to Kentucky. The two were roommates at the Nike Hoop Summit and according to this piece by Adam Zagoria, Skal is recruiting him in French, which Diallo appreciates, “I’ve known Skal a long time. It’s not even now. Ever since I came here [from Mali] I know Skal. Nike Hoop Summit, was the same roommate so we always talking French.” How quickly can a person become fluent in French? Asking for Cal.
NBA Cats balled out today.
Every game of today’s NBA playoffs included at least one former Cat. John Wall’s Wizards defeated Chuck Hayes & Patrick Patterson’s Raptors in overtime, 93-86 with Coach Cal in attendance (in Drake’s seats). Golden State beat Anthony Davis’ Pelicans, 106-99, in AD’s playoff debut. But….
Welcome to the playoffs, Anthony Davis. Davis drops 35 points (20 Pts in 4th qtr), 7 Reb & 4 Blk in 1st playoff game. pic.twitter.com/tWeOjNuNi8
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 18, 2015
According to ESPN, those 35 points are tied for the 5th most in a playoff debut over the last 40 years. This also happened….
He’s a beast I tell you!
Kentucky softball team beats South Carolina…. and then South Carolina beats Kentucky.
It’s been a long day for the Kentucky softball team. After beating South Carolina, 2-0, to even the series earlier today, the Cats couldn’t get it done in the second game of the double header. After eleven innings, the Gamecocks take down the Cats, 7-6. Kentucky’s next game will be against the Dirty Cards in Lexington on Tuesday at 6pm. #BeatLouisville
Cats sweep the Vols!
Can’t help but be a little excited that the baseball Cats swept the Lowdown, Dirty Snitches this afternoon with a 5-3 win. This is the first time in three years that the Wildcats have swept a SEC series and the first time they have swept Tennessee in program history. Trey Huntsman has the full recap of that here if you want to take a look.
Churchill Downs has banned selfie sticks.
Yes, that’s right. Churchill Downs has banned selfie sticks for the Derby next month. While they do encourage people to take selfies, they have banned the selfie sticks for the safety of others and for the horses. The ban will continue after the Derby and apply whenever live racing is happening.
Willie as a cowboy is the best thing you’ll see all day.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 19, 2015
Willie Cauley-Stein and his cowboy hat made an appearance at the UK Rodeo Team’s Cowboy Up for a Cure this evening. Cowboy Up for a Cure is really cool event that the UK Rodeo Team throws to raise funds for kids battling different forms of pediatric cancer. To find out more about it or to donate, head over here.
Updated list of autograph signing tours:
April 21st- Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Simpsonville, 6-8pm
April 22nd- Wildcat Wearhouse, Owensboro, 6-7:30pm
April 23rd- Wildcat Wearhouse, Hazard, 6-7:30pm
April 24th- Wildcats & More, Dry Ridge, 6-8pm
April 25th- Wildcat Wearhouse, Fayette Mall, Lexington, 6-7:30pm
April 26th- Towne Mall, Elizabethtown, 2-3:30pm
April 27th- Sheppard’s Fan Shop, London, 5:30-7:30pm
April 28th- Barleycorns, Cold Spring, 6-8:30pm
April 29th- Sports Den, Somerset, 5-6:30pm
April 19th- Tin Roof, Louisville, 5-6:30pm
April 20th- Simpsonville Outlet Mall, Simpsonville 6-7:30pm
April 21st- The Kentucky Shop, Florence, TBA
April 22nd- Sleep Outfitters, Somerset, 6-7:30pm
If you want to get Devin Booker and Karl’s autograph, time is running out.
Devin Booker’s final appearance will be tomorrow at the Elizabethtown Mall, 2-3:30. KAT is also making his final appearance this weekend in Dry Ridge at Wildcats & More, tomorrow 4-5:30.
You still have a few chances to see Dakari and Trey. They will be at Barleycorns in Cold Spring, Ky noon-1:30 tomorrow and Wildcats Sports Apparel in Nicholasville on Tuesday, 6-7:30.
That’s it for me tonight. Roush and I will be around tomorrow to see y’all through to Monday.
Sleep tight, BBN.
By Andrew Cassady on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 9:00pm
Bummed out over Mike Thorne not coming to Kentucky to eat some space next season? Maybe this video of Skal and potential Cat Thon Maker battling it out will help ease your roster woes. A lot of people have been praising Labissiere’s sweet stroke and now you can see it in action thanks to a rad edit by the folks over at CityLeagueHoops.
Watch the big men work.
By Andrew Cassady on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Coach Cal may have not made an appearance at the Jordan Brand Classic last night but he still had three top recruiters on the scene. According to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews, and Isaiah Brisco were all pushing for the Mali native to join them in Lexington next season. Skal was even doing so in Cheick’s native tongue of French. Here’s a bit from Zagsblog and Isaiah’s response to learning a second language.
English is not Diallo’s first language, and he appreciates speaking French with Labissiere.
“I’ve known Skal a long time,” he said. “It’s not even now. Ever since I came here [from Mali] I know Skal. Nike Hoop Summit, was the same roommate so we always talking French.”
Isaiah Briscoe, who nearly brought the East to the win en route to 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, doesn’t speak French, but would love to have Diallo join him at Kentucky.
“I would like for Cheick to come to Kentucky, I mean that would be good,” Briscoe said. “Skal, Cheick, me, Charles [Matthews] I think that’s a good class.”
Will he work on his French a little?
“Not happening,” Briscoe joked.
[Zagsblog: Kentucky Signees Recruiting Diallo to Lexington]
Diallo is meeting with St. John’s Chris Mullin and our old assistant Slice today and Coach Cal will be paying him a visit later this week. Could Coach Cal bring this French Connection to campus next season after they’ve been dominating all the all-star games? I certainly hope so.
By Andrew Cassady on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 5:45pm
Milwaukee @ Chicago; 6 p.m. on ESPN
Of player taken in the 1998 NBA Draft only four remain on an NBA roster: Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, Paul Peirce, and Nazr Mohammed. That’s not a bad list to be part of for Kentucky’s 17 year vet. Still, this looks like this playoff run could be Nazr’s last. The veteran has been used seldom this season as he provides some backup minutes for Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol.
His team today will take on the Milwaukee Bucks who are in the playoffs in-part to Brandon Knight winning a bunch of games before the trade deadline. The Bucks are young and fun to watch but ever since they dealt BK I haven’t kept up with them at all. Chicago won the season series 3-1 and with Derrick Rose finally back in the playoffs I don’t see them losing this series. Bulls in 6.
Dallas @ Houston
Last year the Rockets dropped their opening two games of their playoff series at home to the TrailBlazers and were never able to recover. This year the law firm of Harden, Howard, and Jones are going to make sure that doesn’t happen against their in-state rivals from Dallas. After missing much of the year with various injuries Terrence Jones has played well when healthy. He’s averaging 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2 blocks on a team that doesn’t need him to do a whole lot. After being dominated by LaMarcus Aldridge last season, I think Jones has a breakout series this year.
For Rajon Rondo and the Mavs it’s one last chance to figure things out. Dallas had the association’s best offense before Rondo was acquired and since then have had chemistry issues putting the pieces in place. He’s back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012 so maybe that will inspire the all-star point guard to bring back the stellar play he displayed back in those Celtics runs. Now a break for Dirk rapping.
Houston won the regular season 3-1 and I think they take a tough series in 7 games.
Which former Cats will you be pulling for?
By Andrew Cassady on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 4:30pm
Yesterday kicked off the spring open recruiting period that lasts until the 22nd and Coach Cal took full advantage by traveling to North Carolina to visit Brandon Ingram. Since then all has been quiet on the John Calipari front. Where is Cal right now? The answer is way up north.
Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal spoke with the Coach of Orangeville Prep, Larry Blunt, where teammates Thon Maker and Jamal Murray attend school about the possibility of a visit from Cal this weekend. I think there is a strong possibility that visit could be going on right now.
“I can neither confirm nor deny” that Calipari will visit this weekend, Orangeville coach Larry Blunt said with a laugh. “Those guys have tried to put plans together to meet with (Murray’s) family and the young man. They’ve been up a few times and hopefully they’ll be up again soon.
Orangeville prep is located on the outskirts of Toronto, where John Wall is taking on Patrick Patterson today in the playoffs. As Kaan mentioned earlier, Coach Cal just so happened to be in attendance for that game.
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) April 18, 2015
Where will Cal pop up next? We here at KSR will keep following the clues to keep you up to date. For more info on Jamal and Thon, check out Kyle Tucker’s article. It’s got some good tidbits on if Murray will reclassify, Thon playing overseas, and more.
[Courier-Journal: UK’s Calipari Courting Canadian Teammates]
By Trey Huntsman on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 4:20pm
For the first time since 2012, Kentucky completed a sweep of an SEC series. Following wins on Thursday and Friday, the Cats (22-16, 8-9) wrapped up the series sweep of Tennessee (15-20, 5-13) with a 5-3 win on Saturday. Ka’ai Tom was three for four at the plate with three RBIs to lead the Cats to their eighth SEC win on the year.
Kentucky turned to spot starter Andrew Nelson to take the mound on Saturday. Nelson started earlier this week against WKU, going three innings and allowing one run. He continued his success this week by throwing 4.1 one-run innings against Tennessee. Nelson struck out three and allowed three hits to give the Cats an early presence on the mound. Kentucky has needed a spot starter like Nelson to step up in the third spot of the rotation following Kyle Cody’s recent struggles.
While Nelson was mowing down Tennessee’s batting order, Kentucky’s offense jumped out to an early lead. Back-to-back doubles by Evan White and Ka’ai Tom helped to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The double was Tom’s 12th on the season and his 40th RBI.
Following an unearned run by Tennessee in the second inning, Kentucky loaded the bases for Dorian Hairston in the third. Hairston roped a single to right field that scored Evan White and gave Kentucky a 2-1 lead through three innings.
Nelson continued to cruise with a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth inning. Gary Henderson went to the bullpen after Nelson allowed a man to reach in the fifth. Zach Logue came on to pitch for the second straight game after picking up the save in last night’s 3-1 win. Logue would come in with an opportunity to collect the win, and that’s what he would do. Allowing two hits and no runs over 2.2 innings, Logue won his second game of the year.
Kentucky’s big inning came in the fifth. Kyle Barrett led the inning off with a double and advanced to third on a White groundout. Tom came to the plate against Tennessee’s Kyle Serrano with Barrett on third and one out. On a 3-2 pitch, Tom knocked his third home run of the year over the field wall near the football practice facility. This was Tom’s 42nd RBI on the year and his second extra-base hit of the game. JaVon Shelby followed Tom’s home run by hitting one of his own to left field. It was the first time Kentucky had hit back-to-back home runs since A.J Reed and Cameron Flynn in 2012.
The three-run inning would give Kentucky a much-needed 5-1 lead late in the game. Following Logue’s outing, Logan Salow came in with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded. Salow got a strike out and a fly out to end the jam and maintain a 5-1 lead. Henderson would keep Salow on the mound headed to the ninth, but he would be forced to make a quick change after Salow allowed a single and a double. Closer Spencer Jack took the mound, needing only two outs to complete the sweep. A sacrifice fly would cut the lead to three, but it put Tennessee down to their last out. Tennessee’s Jordan Rodgers singled to score another run, but Jack would shut the door following Rodgers’ RBI. Kentucky finished off the sweep with a 5-3 win over Tennessee.
This was Kentucky’s first sweep since 2012 against Alabama and their first sweep over Tennessee in school history. The three wins propelled Kentucky to fourth in the SEC East with a conference record of 8-9. The Cats take on Xavier on Tuesday and will travel to Florida next weekend to take on the red-hot Gators.
By Kaan Solagan on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 3:30pm
— NBA (@NBA) April 18, 2015
Anthony Davis has risen to all-star status in the NBA already in just a span of 3 years of being in the league. His connection with Pelican’s head coach Monty Williams is a main reason why he has been able to achieve the success he has. The video above shows the coach and player’s cohesive connection on and off the court, and their ability to push one another in their different roles to get better. Clearly it has worked.
The eighth-seeded Pelicans play the Warriors away today on ABC at 3:30 ET, don’t miss out on watching Davis in his first-ever playoff appearance. However, I don’t know how much of a chance the Pelicans stand against Steph Curry’s Warriors in an arena that will be bouncing off the walls. Oakland loves their basketball.
By Kaan Solagan on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 1:30pm
Coach Cal is in attendance at the Wizards-Raptors game to check out some of his former Cats. Word on the street is he and Kenny Payne are sitting in Drake’s personal courtside seats. Cal, you’re the man.
I’m hearing there is also a possibility he drops in on Jamal Murray and Thon Maker, both Canadian natives, while he is up in the Great White North.
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) April 18, 2015
By Kaan Solagan on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 12:02pm
Well that was short lived. According to Jon Rothstein our possible replacement for Cauley-Stein and Towns, Mike Thorne Jr., just committed to Illinois. The 270 pound big man could have done some real damage down low for the Cats next season, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’ve got faith in Cal.
And the search continues…
By Kaan Solagan on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 11:30am
12:30: Wizards-Raptors, ESPN (John Wall, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes)
3:30: Pelicans-Warriors, ABC (The Brow)
7:00: Bucks-Bulls, ESPN (Nazr Mohammed, yes, he still plays in the NBA)
9:30: Mavericks-Rockets, ESPN (Rajon Rondo, Terrence Jones)
3:00: Cavaliers-Celtics, ABC (James Young)
5:30: Hawks-Nets, TNT
8:00: Trail Blazers-Grizzlies, TNT
10:30: Clippers-Spurs, TNT
Which ex-Cat’s NBA team will you be rooting for? Mine are the Pelicans and Rockets.
By Kaan Solagan on ©April 18th, 2015 @ 10:00am
It’s going to be a beautiful Saturday across the bluegrass today, and there is no better way to get your day started than with some morning links. Here we go.
– The Jordan Brand Classic was last night and the future cats impressed us. Skal finished with 10 points and 12 boards, Briscoe had a resounding 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and Charles Matthews was limited in action with an injury. The star of the show was Cheick Diallo. He finished with 26 points and 11 points in the East’s 2-point loss 118-116.
– Tom Haberstroh of ESPN wrote an article on Anthony Davis and it was pretty great. I’ll summarize the article by saying this, Anthony Davis is really, really good. He has become one of the most efficient young players in the game and will be an all-star staple for years to come as long as he stays healthy. He’s already this clutch as a young player, I can’t wait until we see AD in his prime.
– The NBA announced yesterday that they will be expanding their antidrug program next season in the NBA. Players will be subject t0 blood tests for HGH (Human Growth Hormone) as early as training camp next season. Adam Silver said there isn’t reason to believe many NBA players use peds, but expanding the existing drug policy couldn’t hurt the integrity of the game going forward.
– The NBA playoffs start today and many ex-Cats will be in action. The first game tips off at 12:30 today as the Wizards and Raptors square off in the East bracket’s #4/#5 matchup.
By Andrew Cassady on ©April 17th, 2015 @ 11:11pm
I am deeply saddened to let you know that a member of our University of Kentucky family was tragically killed in a shooting incident early this morning.
Jonathan Krueger, a 22-year-old junior in the College of Communication and Information, was killed while walking home in the area of Maxwell Street and Transylvania Park. Lexington Police are questioning one person of interest in relation to the incident, and the investigation is on-going.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Jonathan’s family, friends, faculty members, and fellow students. We have reached out to his family to let them know that we are here to assist them in any way we can at this incomprehensible moment.
For those understandably shaken by this tragedy, do not try to bear the burden of grief alone. Reach out to your family and friends and members of our UK family for comfort and support. Do not hesitate to contact the University of Kentucky Counseling Center at 859-257-8701 and ask for the day-time on-call staff member.
Although this tragedy occurred off campus, it is a stark reminder that all members of our campus community should at all times be vigilant about their safety, and the safety of others. We are each other’s keeper.
It is also in a moment like this that we are reminded of how fragile and precious life is. Let us all keep Jonathan’s family, loved ones and friends in our thoughts and prayers.
I didn’t know Jonathan Krueger. I can’t speak, as others have, to the great content of his character and the great life he was leading. But anytime you see such a young life cut so short by a senseless crime there aren’t enough words to convey the sympathy. Maxwell and Transylvania park is a place where many of us have walked ourselves or at least have known people on the same path.
prayers go out to the Krueger family. Jon was one of the best people I’ve ever met and he truly will be missed. we love you Jon 💙 RIP
— Madeline (@maddiekaser) April 17, 2015
WCS Signs With Roc Nation
What do Kevin Durant, Robinson Cano, Ndamukong Suh, Dez Bryant, James Young, Victor Cruz, and now Willie Cauley-Stein have in common? They are all member’s of Jay Z’s management company Roc Nation Sports.
Willie announced he’d signed with the group today and then launched his upcoming signing tour. As one of the most beloved Cats in a long time you better go ahead and get in line now if you want to get his Herbie Hancock.
Coach Cal Visits Brandon Ingram
With time running out on Calipari to make some moves on the 2015 class, coach made a trip to North Carolina to visit Brandon Ingram. Ingram hosted coaches from Kentucky and Duke today for in-home visits. This is the first day of six for Coach Cal to be on the road recruiting and it shows a lot he made Ingram his first priority.
The battle is on to pull him from the Tarheel state.
Cats Play Well At The Jordan Brand Classic
Keep scrolling down for a complete recap. Here are some highlights.
Cheick Diallo: MVP. 26 points, 11 rebounds.
Isaiah Briscoe: 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.
Skal Labissiere: 11 points, 12 rebounds
For those of you worried about Skal Labissiere’s eligibility, his recent comments to the Courier-Journal are comforting.
Labissiere told Kyle Tucker, “I’ll be able to play right away… The NCAA is going to clear me and I’ll be able to play right away.”
So there ya go, Cats fans. Skal Labissiere will be eligible to play next season, according to Skal Labissiere. You can put those worries to bed and move on to other things, like counting down the days till Big Blue Madness.
Charles Matthews: 3 points came on this nice and-1.
Malik Newman: 8 points
NBA Playoffs Begin Tomorrow
11:30 am John Wall and the Wizards @ Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and Toronto
2:30 pm Anthony Davis and the Pelican head west to Golden State
6:00 pm Nazr Mohammed’s Bulls host the Bucks
8:30 pm Rondo and the Mavs travel down to Houston to face Terrence Jones and the Rockets.
Going to be a fun Big Blue Saturday.
I’ll see you there. Go Cats.
By Andrew Cassady on ©April 17th, 2015 @ 10:00pm
After dominating the McDonalds all-American game a little over a month ago, Cheick Diallo was once again the best player on the court as he went for 26 points and 11 rebounds. 17 of those points came in the first half as the West couldn’t find a way to stop the big man. Diallo just out-efforted his opponents for most of the game, bringing energy to nab rebounds and keep his team alive in the early goings.
The MVP, Cheick, could be exactly what Kentucky needs next season on the block. Can the Cats steal him away from our old assistant, Slice?
Not hard to see why Skal Labissiere is possibly the early favorite for 2016 No. 1 pick. Length, smooth release, adding muscle, blocks shots.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 18, 2015
The Big Haitian wasn’t as dominant as he was in the Hoop Summit. He worked his way to a relatively quiet 10 points, 12 rebounds.
Diallo may have scored a bunch of points but it was Isaiah Briscoe who took over the game late. Showing out in front of his home state crowd Briscoe was knocking down step-back threes, finding open teammates in the lane, and leading the East back into the game after falling behind. The point guard finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists to nearly win it for his team.
Briscoe is looking like an excellent compliment to Tyler Ulis. Add a couple of more players from this game and watch out.
After suffering an injury earlier this week Matthews was somewhat limited in tonight’s game. Still he showed flashes of what can make him special next season. A nice drive for an and-1 and some solid defense, even in an all-star game.
Did not play tonight due to injury.
The West won the game but they didn’t get much out of Malik Newman. Newman finished with 8 points, all in the first half. He didn’t get to showcase all that he’s capable of.
Who impressed you most tonight at the Jordan Brand Classic?
By Drew Franklin on ©April 17th, 2015 @ 8:30pm
Last night ESPN aired “Sole Man,” the latest documentary in the 30 for 30 series, reliving the days of Sonny Vaccaro and his impact on Nike and the sneaker world. About an hour into the documentary, when telling the story of how Kobe Bryant ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers, we learned John Calipari passed on Kobe in the 1996 NBA Draft for Kerry Kittles. (Forgive me if that was common knowledge, but I had no idea.)
As the story goes, L.A. wanted Kobe and Kobe wanted L.A., so Vaccaro, representing Adidas at this point, faked a rumor saying Kobe would go back to Italy if he were drafted by the New Jersey Nets at No. 8.
“The New Jersey Nets bit,” Vaccaro said.
Calipari and the Nets brass selected Kittles over the young man who would later become one of the best basketball players ever.
“Just like we wanted,” Gary Charles, a former Adidas consultant, added. “The story was really like 99 and a half percent bullsh**.”
Vacarro and Charles pretended to be happy for Kittles, knowing Kobe would fall to Charlotte and a deal with the Lakers was already in the works.
Calipari, on the other hand, was fired by the Nets three years later.
If you think about it, had Cal gone with Kobe, maybe he keeps his job and they build an NBA dynasty together. Instead, Cal gets fired, goes to Memphis, wins a bunch of games, and now he’s the head coach of the University of Kentucky. All because he picked Kerry Kittles over future greatness.
I recommend you check out “Sole Man” next time it airs, and it will air a lot. If you don’t think you’ll ever see it, allow me to share this drawing of Cal’s intestines from the documentary…