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With that said, here are some random quick-hitter notes on what was an otherwise normal day:
— John Calipari gave the team the day off after the Blue-White game and he went to Kansas to visit Perry Ellis, the 2012 superstar that Larry Vaught covets. Ellis has become one of the three main targets for the UK class at this point and in order to steal him out of Kansas, Calipari is trying to outwork the two home state schools (he likes Kansas State as well) and get a shocking commitment. Calipari likes a challenge and taking a rare stud recruit from Kansas away from Kansas…well that would be impressive.
— We are not going to dwell on the Josh Harrellson Twitter story because we are firmly on Team Jorts around here. I will say this however…while Jorts screwed up with the tweet, I wasnt a huge fan of Calipari’s response. One shouldnt call out their coach, but a statement that Jorts hasnt known a lot of successes in no way is a positive response. Calipari handled a lot of public backtalk from Cousins, Orton and even Wall last year. There was no reason to react like that to Harrellson.
— Not enough credit was given to Deandre Liggins for his Defense on Tuesday night. In a Blue-White scrimmage, defense is usually the last thing people are concerned about, but Liggins stayed firmly in the grill of anyone that he was guarding and his pressure is part of the reason we saw less production from Stacey Poole early and Doron Lamb late. Liggins may be the lockdown defender on the team this season and his length will make it very hard for people to score on him.
— We also learned that the team personality may come from Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb. While Jorts is hilarious, most of the rest of the guys are quiet and getting interesting reactions has been tough. But it is clear that Jones and Lamb like to laugh and they showed in the postgame that they could keep it interesting…even when Jerry Tipton is around.
— Alan Cutler farts on press row…dont let him tell you any different.
— I watched more NBA tonight than I have watched in a lifetime. Demarcus Cousins got off to a good start, scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in a 117-116 victory versus Minnesota. Both teams are going to struggle a bit this year, but Cousins got his career off to a solid start by doing what he does best…working around the rim and getting easy baskets. The Kings were much better with him in the game, but he had foul issues and thus was off the court too often. Still you can tell he is going to be great and I will be watching a lot of Kings games.
— As for the Timberwolves, I wont be watching a lot of their games. The T-Wolves starting lineup is this: Luke Ridnour, Wayne Ellington, Mike Beasley, Kevin Love and Darko Milicic. That is a VERY bad group…and the bench only gets worse.
— We need to get Tayshaun Prince out of Detroit. The reality is that he wasnt very good last year and he doesnt look completely in the flow this year. This is the last year of his contract and I hope he finds a new home.
— Blake Griffin…Beast. Matt Pilgrim and Rashaad Carruth…not so much.
— The Coaches All-SEC Preseason Team came out and once again, they showcased their inability to predict anything other than which one besides Calipari and Donovan will be the first to be fired. No Brandon Knight and no Kentucky player on the First Team. Absurd. Here is the list:
There are some RIDICULOUS selections ahead of Brandon Knight on the list…but then again, they didnt pick John Wall last year either. So forget about them…remember this is a league that employed John Brady and Mark Gottfried…intelligence is optional.
— I havent heard of many people making the trip to Starkville. Is anyone going? I know it is the worst place on Earth, but this is a big game with a victory putting a good bowl in play…hope we have a presence.
— Joker’s decision to punish Matt Roark further is a good one but should have been done from the outset. When you give a small penalty, get criticism and then add more later, you look like someone who cant make up his mind and bends to public pressure. One game was silly from the outset, and hopefully dealing with the breaking news world of the internet media will lead the staff to make decisions fully before simply putting news out there quickly.
— Rodney Hood picked Mississippi State for his PG skills instead of Louisville. Cards keep getting it done.
— I hear there is a World Series going on, but I wouldnt know….and in the same vein, is “The Office” still on television because what I see masquerading as that show on Thursday nights sure doesnt look like it.
— Finally, a shout out to longtime KSR fan Hunter York, who won $25,000 tonight on Wheel of Fortune. I admit that I didnt know anyone under the age of 70 watched or participated in Wheel of Fortune, but I am glad that a KSR fan could go take some of their money. Drinks (and vowels) are on you at the 5th Anniversary party in November.
We will have more all day as the site has basically been deserted, with BTI, Beisner and Chris all on vacation. Drew Franklin, Will and I will try to hold down the fort. And as you wait, notice that the Free Enes movement even went to Oklahoma City for the Thunder’s opening game. Kudos to whoever sported the shirts on the front row. More later (and listen to the radio show if you havent)…