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May 27th, 2015

Calipari on leaving UK: “You’re going to have to uproot me”

Darrell Bird from The Cats Pause is in Sandestin for the SEC Spring Meetings this week and he has quite the quote from John Calipari regarding the likelihood Cal leaves UK for the NBA.

“It took me 20 years to get the job,” Calipari said. “For me to leave something like this, you’re going to have to uproot me. That’s how I feel.”

The opportunity to help young kids achieve their dreams remains Calipari’s No. 1 reason for staying put in Lexington. When he spoke to Cleveland last year about taking over the Cavs, he wanted to how he could keep making a difference, because winning a title or making the Cavs money “doesn’t move his boat.”

Read a lot more here, including quotes on Cal’s future from Mitch Barnhart.


Woman gets high on whipped cream cans, crashes car and gets a DUI

Usually Kentucky has Tennessee beat when it comes to bizarre news stories, but this one made me turn around and actually listen to the Channel 5 news this evening.

Police in Franklin, Tennessee charged 28-year-old Anna Thomas with a DUI after she crashed her SUV into a mailbox. Sounds like your run of the mill DUI story right? Until you find out that Thomas had 13 empty cans of whipped cream scattered across her vehicle. Putting two and two together, police allege Thomas, who was disoriented at the scene, was high off the gasses she inhaled from the cans. She was hospitalized after the wreck and has been charged with DUI and failure to report a crash.

Here’s her SUV and the broken brick mailbox:

And all 13 empty cans of whipped cream:

At least she spiced it up with some M&Ms and chocolate milk?

[News Channel 5]


Are the Knicks targeting Willie with the 4th pick?

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The latest mock drafts have Willie Cauley-Stein going anywhere from 5th to 13th, but in his Draft Chat this afternoon, ESPN’s Chad Ford says the New York Knicks may be targeting Willie with the fourth pick:

And two different sources today told me the Knicks are also looking strongly at Willie Cauley-Stein. They want a strong defender in New York which explains the Winslow and Cauley-Stein interest. Of course, I also think there’s a good chance they just trade this pick if the right veteran comes around. But for me, I think they really should keep it. Lots of talent with long-term potential where they are drafting.

A character like Willie in NYC? That makes way too much sense.

Meanwhile, Ford says there is still no resolution on whether the Minnesota Timberwolves will take Jahlil Okafor or Karl Towns with the first pick; in fact, he says D’Angelo Russell may now be in the mix. Ugh.

To read more of Ford’s scoop, head on over to the Worldwide Leader.

[ESPN]


Louisville signee facing assault charges because of course

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a future Louisville player is going to trial for criminal charges. This time around, it’s defensive end signee Devonte Fields, who will go to trial for misdemeanor assault in June. Fields, a former TCU player who was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was charged with assault last July after he allegedly hit his ex-girlfriend.

TCU dismissed fields after his arrest and he spent a year at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas before signing with Louisville. He took anger management classes in hopes the charge would be dismissed, but will now go to trial on June 17. The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

#L1Crime4Eva

[ESPN]


Andrew Harrison will work out for the Indiana Pacers tomorrow

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Earlier today, I shared Draft Express’ scouting report on Andrew Harrison and now, Jeff Goodman is reporting that Andrew will work out for the Indiana Pacers tomorrow, along with Terry Rozier, Dez Wells, Terran Petteway, JP Tokoto, and Rashad Vaughn.

The Pacers have the 11th and 43rd picks in the draft. Andrew is projected to go anywhere from 30th to undrafted in the latest mocks.

Make us proud, Andrew.


Calipari will coach in the Team USA Fantasy Camp again

Do you love John Calipari, basketball, and Las Vegas? How could you not? Well, get out your checkbooks because from August 12-14, Calipari will coach in the third annual USA Basketball Fantasy Camp.

PJ Carlesimo will serve as the camp director, while Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery will be camp commissioners. Other coaches joining Cal this year include Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Lon Kruger (Oklahoma), Danny Manning (Wake Forest), Matt Painter (Purdue), Jay Wright (Villanova) and former Georgia Tech and Charleston coach Bobby Cremins.

According to the release, campers get to stay at the Wynn and will have access to USA National Team practices during its training camp. Participants must be at least 35 years or older. For more information, visit www.USABFantasyCamp.com.

Finally, a reason to look forward to turning 35.


Slice says Calipari will always be courted by NBA teams

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Last night, LeBron James and the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals, giving Cleveland a chance to end its 51-year championship drought. The news was obviously huge for Cavs fans, but there were plenty of sighs of relief across the Bluegrass as well. After putting the Cavs in the finals in his first season, David Blatt appears to be in Cleveland to stay, meaning LeBron and the front office won’t be coming after John Calipari again for the foreseeable future.

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan discussed Cal’s NBA prospects, and Matt said he believes that Cleveland sticking with Blatt makes Calipari retiring at Kentucky more and more likely. Matt argued that as the years go by and Cal gets older–he’s 56 right now–his NBA appeal will decline because teams will go after younger coaches.

Meanwhile, in an interview with SNY.tv, Cal’s former assistant Slice Rohrssen said he thinks Cal will always be courted by NBA teams:

“My feelings are that he will always be in demand for an NBA job because he’s a players’ coach and he’s coached as many NBA players as there are out there now except he got them before they hit the NBA,” Rohrssen told SNY.tv.

Slice also said he thinks coaching at the next level will always appeal to Cal:

“He lives for challenges,” he said. “He creates his own and he sets his bar high. There’s a confidence in him that allows him to strive for the goals and the bar that he sets.”

My opinion falls somewhere in between. I think Cal is totally engrossed in his mission to change families’ lives in his position as Kentucky’s coach; however, if the right team with the right players and the right amount of control came calling at the right time, I think he would consider it. Cal being Cal, he couldn’t help himself.

[ZagsBlog]


UK Basketball scores a 995 on its APR

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

Last week, Kentucky and Duke were recognized by the NCAA for finishing among the top 10 percent of men’s basketball teams in the academic progress ratings (APR). This afternoon, the scores were released and UK’s four-year composite is 995, only five points shy of perfect. (The four-year composite covers the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.) In fact, the men’s basketball team was one of 14 UK sports teams to get a perfect score for the 2013-2014 season.

Meanwhile, UK football’s four-year composite is 945, well above the NCAA cut of 930. All 22 of UK’s sports teams surpassed the NCAA cut score, 18 of the 22 squads exceeded the national average, and 19 of the 22 Wildcat teams improved or maintained their scores from a year ago. In 2013-2014, the football team had an APR of 980, a big improvement over previous years.

Scoring a near perfect APR and putting 14 players in the NBA over four years? What do you think, Bobby?


A Little Help Here: What Do You Think of This New Point Break Remake Trailer?

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Remember last week when you were drunk and you were going on and on about how awesome Point Break was and how someone should remake it, only make it not about surfing and more about wing suits and base jumping, and how it shouldn’t be about bank robberies but more about international jewel and money heists, and also it should look a lot like a Fast & Furious movie?

Then you were all “I bet they could even find an Australian actor with the same dead eyes and monotonous delivery as Keanu Reeves.”

And I was like “They should make Body an Australian guy too. With a thicker beard.”

Looks like our prayers have been answered. What do you think of this, gang? Does it have legs?

 


Draft Express breaks down Andrew Harrison’s strengths and weaknesses

Spruce Derden | USA  Today

Spruce Derden | USA Today

Andrew Harrison’s stock has seen a slight bump in recent weeks after strong performances in the NBA Draft Combine and workouts in Santa Barbara. Harrison has gone on record saying he believes he’s the best point guard in the draft, and while Draft Express doesn’t go that far in their new scouting report, Josh Riddell and Mike Schmitz have plenty of praise for Andrew:

Harrison has great size for a point guard, measured at 6’4 ½ without shoes, with a 6’9 wingspan at the NBA Combine. He combines that with a strong frame, with overall measurements more like that of your typical NBA shooting guard than a point guard, which will benefit his cause greatly during the draft process. However, his athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness, which really hampered his transition from the high school to the college game, particularly inside the paint. With that said, his superior size and strength allows him to get to different spots on the floor when combined with his strong ball-handling skills and ability to operate at different speeds, helping him draw fouls a great rate (6.5 free throw attempts per-40 minutes, ranked #2 among DX-100 PGs).

As we learned this past season, that size also helps on defense, an area in which Andrew really improved over his sophomore season; however, one criticism Draft Express has of Andrew is his lack of offense, which Riddell and Schmitz say is the biggest question mark surrounding him right now. More often than not, Andrew was able to cover up his offensive struggles by drawing fouls. To continue to get his stock moving in the right direction, he’ll need to show off more offense in his workouts over the next month.

Draft Express has Andrew going 32nd to the Houston Rockets in their latest mock, and even if he doesn’t make big strides with his offensive game, Riddell and Schmitz say there’s a place for him on the next level:

Harrison’s size, playmaking ability and defensive prowess gives him a tailor-made role in the NBA even without being a prolific scorer, as long as he’s willing to accept his role and buy into being someone who is willing to do the little things. Improving his leadership skills and body language on and off the court will go a long way in that.

Check out Schmitz’s video breakdown of Andrew’s strengths:

Read more and watch a video about his weaknesses at the link below:

[Draft Express]


A crime ring is targeting the Victoria’s Secrets in Lexington, Louisville, and Indiana

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You haven’t seen women go crazy until you’ve walked into a Victoria’s Secret during the Semi-Annual Sale. I’m still scarred from the experience a few years back. Ladies love their intimates, so much so that a ring of thieves in the Bluegrass is targeting the Victoria’s Secret stores in the Lexington, Louisville, and Southern Indiana area.

According to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, a group of two to four females have robbed several stores over the past two months, bringing in large bags and clearing out thousands of dollars of merchandise in under a minute. The speed with which they pull off the heists is kind of ridiculous. Watch them in action:

Do you recognize the panty thieves? Click here to help solve the crime.


Charles Matthews’ latest mixtape will make you feel better about next year

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Charles Matthews is sometimes the forgotten 2015 recruit, but it’s time to get reacquainted with the four-star shooting guard. Most pundits agree that Kentucky needs to add Jamal Murray to be a national title contender next season, and while landing Murray would certainly be a coup, Matthews may surprise us all at the three spot.

Matthews’ latest mixtape hit the web yesterday and it’s definitely worth two minutes and forty-one seconds of your day:

Don’t forget that Ulis and Matthews used to be teammates on the Meanstreets AAU team back in the day. As we’ve learned with Antoine Walker, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Ulis, players from a Chicago have a way of exceeding expectations…


There are some new faces on Nutter’s Cats in the NFL wall

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Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith are settling into their new homes in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but now, they’ll always have a spot in the Nutter Training Center. Check out the new additions to the Nutter Training Facility “Cats in the NFL” wall, courtesy of graduate assistant Max Drisko.

Something tells me we’re going to need a bigger wall here in a few years.


Offshore sportsbook predicts UK will get 6 wins this season

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

We are now 100 days away from Kentucky’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, which means it’s time for the early lines for the season to trickle out. Offshore sportsbook 5Dimes got things rolling yesterday with their win totals for the majority of the Power 5 conferences.

How many wins do they believe Kentucky will get? Six, which seems pretty reasonable to me given the schedule:

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Here are the win totals for the rest of the SEC:

  • Alabama: 9.5 (over -145, under +105)
  • Arkansas: 8.5 (over +120, under -160)
  • Auburn: 8.5 (over +100, under -140)
  • Georgia: 9 (over -135, under -105)
  • Kentucky: 6 (over -120, under -120)
  • LSU: 8 (over -115, under -125)
  • Ole Miss: 8.5 (over -110, under -130)
  • Mississippi State: 7 (over -110, under -130)
  • South Carolina: 7 (over -120, under -120)
  • Texas A&M: 7.5 (over -135, under -105)
  • Vanderbilt: 3 (over -135, under -105)
  • No line yet: Florida, Tennessee, Missouri

At least we’re not Vandy, right?

[CBS Sports]


Do you know what day it is? (Wednesday Show Thread)

…It’s Hump Day! Which means you’re halfway through the week which really only just started. Celebrate by tuning in to Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Ryan will talk about the Cavs making the NBA Finals, the UK non-conference basketball schedule, Indiana fans on the attack, and Matt’s new gig as the emcee at the Fancy Farm Picnic in August.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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