It was kind of a bummer weekend around the KSR Compound. With the exception of New Zealand getting a tie against the flopping Italians, the World Cup was kind of a bummer. The US Open was an exercise in futility as all the players marched backwards and we were left with a bloke from Northern Ireland who won in a cardigan. I went to Downs after Dark on Friday, which was fun, but the rest of the weekend was basically spent contemplating the future and listening to Adam Carolla podcasts (which are entertaining). During one of the broadcasts, I realized that Eminem has a new album coming out this week. Which got me to thinking, whatever happened to Eminem? Is it just me or did he simply disappear off the map for like five years, and was gone so long that you forgot he even existed. I mean this was the greatest white rapper (leaving aside Powder P of Mo Thugs of course) of all time, and a person that you were certain was going to be in the pantheon of musicians from our generation. But for like six years, he hasnt been seen outside of a methadone clinic and one would have been forgiven if he was farther outside of your brain than Tag Team or Skee-Lo. When his name was brought up, I remembered how much I used to like him, listened to “Stan” and “Cleaning Out the Closet”, and was glad to have some Eminem back in my life. I am sure his new album will stink (rappers not named Jay Z only put out two good albums in their career…its a fact, you can look it up) and maybe he is headed back to the land of “whatever happened to that guy.” But for a day, the good Eminem was rejuvenated on my drive to Middlesboro for a few days of Bell County living. It was a thrilling moment, and took me back to the good old days of college/law school, when music was music and the only reason we knew Justin Beiber was because Billy Clyde was recruiting him. If you get his new album, tell me how it is. I will be over here listening to Conway Twitty.
To the news:
— Its all NBA Draft all the time. This is the week where five former Kentucky Wildcats make their dreams come true on the big stage. The press that will be given to John Wall this week is going to be phenomenal as the kid becomes the FIRST UK basketball player to ever be drafted #1 in the NBA Draft. There will be a lot written about Wall and you should read all of it. But do not miss the article we linked earlier, as this Washington Post piece on Wall is one of the best I have ever read about a player entering the league. It is gripping in parts and showcases a very mature young man who has already overcome a great deal. No John Wall fan should go without reading it, and after finishing the piece you will be even happier to see his success on Thursday.
— Here on KSR, our NBA Draft week is going to be through the roof. Ramel Bradley will be joining us every day, writing a column on the Draft and how he sees the UK players making out. His first column is tomorrow and he will join us all week, leading up to the big day. Then on Thursday, our 4th ANNUAL NBA Live Blog here on KSR will be a huge event. All of the KSR writers, including Beisner, Tomlin, Drew Franklin, Turkey Hunter, Bomani and the others will make an appearance, as well as special guests that we will announce through the week. It should be a fun night and KSR is the place to be….unless you are at the Drake party, which you wont be.
— Are you ready for some controversy? Well follow the plight of Bowling Green’s Chane Behanan, who officially blew up this weekend. The Power Forward was the MVP of the NBA Players Camp and has now seen his national star rise. He got an offer from Indiana to add to his host of offers from other schools and he will likely see his ranking skyrocket on the 2011 lists. He did a number of interviews where he said he wanted UK to recruit him, but as of yet he has no offer and no real interest. Will that change for the first true top-notch in-state kid that Calipari has had a chance to get? And if not, will he go to Louisville instead? The Cats have Micheal Gilchrist at his position, so they dont really need Behanan. But watching how Calipari handles this will be fascinating.
— In case you missed it on Saturday, when I posted my notes from an interview I did with Calipari, the Coach mentioned that UK would play more of a wide open DDO style this season due to the personnel that UK will have on the court. Calipari noted that you would see more wide open play and that the guys would be more up-tempo without as many big guys in the paint. So you know that running that you have wanted to see since like 1999? Well you may get your wish this year, with guys like these two below (and maybe even the third), running the show:
— There are a couple of reports that Demarcus Cousins may have won round one against Derrick Favors during their mutual workouts in Philadelphia. If that is the case, could Cousins slide up into the #2 or #3 slot? The storyline of the week is where Demarcus ends up and anywhere from #2-#7 is possible. I will say this again…if any team outside the top 2 (because a case can be made for Evan Turner) picks anyone but Cousins, they will regret it in the future.
We will have more all day….Ramel will have his first post, there will be some Royce White talk and the beginning of the Blogger contest (hold your applause). It should be a good time had by all. Stay tuned…..