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The Charlotte Bobcats’ Tuesday News and Views


As a website that covers the University of Kentucky, we’re not really familiar with losing basketball games. It just doesn’t happen around these parts. But tonight, we’ll step out of our element and pay tribute to the soon-to-be worst team to ever suit up in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte lost its 21st consecutive game on Monday night to the Washington Wizards, the league’s second worst team at 18-46. Charlotte’s 73 points were the fewest allowed by Washington all season and the 28-point deficit equaled the Wizards’ biggest win total all year. Wall had 14 assists in three quarters, by the way.

If Charlotte loses its last two remaining games, the Bobcats will finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history at .106.  They travel to Orlando on Wednesday and then host New York in the season finale Thursday night. KSR is pulling for a victory in one of those games, and if it happens, it’ll all be because the Tuesday News and Views drives people to succeed.

Okay, we’ve already devoted too much space to the Charlotte Bobcats. Let’s get back on track with some real basketball talk before the suck rubs off on us…

 The 10th annual CATSPY Awards were held Monday night at Memorial Coliseum to recognize academic performance during the 2011-12 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of four teams and 23 individuals were recognized. Here a few of the notable award winners:

Teams of the Year: Men’s Basketball/Women’s Basketball
One Shining Moment: Men’s Basketball
Coaches of the Year: John Calipari/Matthew Mitchell
Male Character Award: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Male Rookie of the Year: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
K-Association Male Athlete of the Year: Anthony Davis
K-Association Female Athlete of the Year: A’dia Mathies
Supporting Role: Darius Miller/Keyla Snowden

It’s pretty clear basketball dominated the evening. We’ll have more from the awards ceremony on Tuesday.

 On Monday, we learned that Kentucky is in hot pursuit of newly available point guard Mark Lyons. Lyons announced on his Facebook over the weekend that he’ll transfer out of Xavier for his senior season of college basketball. Because he was a redshirt his freshman year with the Musketeers, Lyons is considered a graduate student transfer and will most likely qualify for immediate eligibility if he graduates at the end this semester as planned.

Some of the early feedback to the news of the transfer online suggests many Kentucky fans aren’t interested in Lyons, who was suspended two games for his role in the brawl with Cincinnati, due to character issues. I completely understand the concern, but let’s not forget DeMarcus Cousins punched a high school coach and ended up being one of the most beloved Kentucky players the last 25 years. Guys can make mistakes and guys can change, especially in UK’s program. Don’t jump to conclusion on Lyons all because of a fight in a heated rivalry that was fueled by trash talk on Twitter and Tu Holloway’s late game taunting.

With that said, it’ll be tough for Coach Cal to pull off the upset over Sean Miller in the Mark Lyons sweepstakes. Miller recruited Lyons to Xavier out of high school in New York and was the head coach of the Musketeers during his redshirt freshman season. Kentucky and Arizona were two of the first schools to contact Lyons once he announced his transfer.

 2012 big man Tony Parker committed to UCLA in a one-hour press conference from Miller Grove High School in Georgia. His addition to UCLA’s class bumps the Bruins up to Scout.com’s No. 2 recruiting class behind Kentucky, of course. With the dynamic young trio of Parker, Shabazz Muhammad, and Kyle Anderson, many college basketball fans may stay up past midnight to watch their dominance of the Pac-12 on the Fox Sports Network. Or they’ll at least DVR the Arizona game.

 Another big name from 2012 is nearing a decision and the Cats could be making a late push to land his services. Amile Jefferson told a local newspaper in Pennsylvania that he working to set up a date to end his recruitment and he hopes he is ready to announce next week. The 6-foot-9 forward has always had Duke and NC State at the top of his list, but Kentucky has picked up its pursuit in case Anthony Bennett ends up elsewhere. If Jefferson does commit to UK, which is still somewhat of a longshot, don’t expect Anthony Bennett to follow.

 Speaking of Bennett, Kentucky’s top target has been awful quiet lately, considering all of the buzz surrounding his recruitment. Bennett still hasn’t set up any official visits and it’s looking like it’ll be at least another two or three weeks before he makes a decision. That’s at least another 10-20 tweets from Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, and Alex Poythress.

 From the class of 2013, James Young, a wing player out of Troy, Michigan, has Kentucky at the top of his list, according to Rivals.com. Young told the website that his top three teams are Kentucky, Kansas, and Michigan State, in that order. He said he likes the way John Calipari lets his guys play and how Kentucky gets up and down the floor. Young is Rivals.com’s No. 9 player in the class and the 27th overall player according to Scout.com.

 WHAS’s Maggie Ruper and Adam Lefkoe have the exclusive video from Terrence Jones’ flower delivery to Louisville’s cheer practice:

Way to go, Terrence.

 The Cincinnati Reds, a franchise KSR readers are very passionate about, will honor the Kentucky basketball team’s magical season prior to Tuesday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Coach Cal and members of his staff will be introduced on the field with the trophy sometime before the first pitch at 7:10 pm. However, the players wont’ be making the trip to Great American Ballpark for the ceremony, as previously reported. I won’t tease Reds fans about their one playoff appearance in 16 years because it seems to hit a sensitive spot with our commenters. Go Reds.

 The Charlotte Bobcats are awful. Moving on…

 Will Kentucky be the first national champion to meet with two U.S. Presidents??? I think so. Check out Bill Clinton and Twany

 I’ve been told by a lot of people that Kentucky basketball makes a cameo in Kevin Hart’s new movie Think Like A Man. Apparently, there is a scene in the movie where the guys are watching UK’s home game against Louisville. It’s the new “Adam Sandler wearing a UK shirt in Funny People.” Alright, alright, alllrigggghhht.

 Get your votes in for the “Bring GameDay To Your Campus” contest. You can vote daily up until May 2nd.

 I encourage everyone to come out to the KSTV Casting Call this Saturday at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington. Even if you don’t think you have a shot at winning the contract, you should show up and give it a shot anyway because it’s a fun time just trying out. Where else can you stand under the bright lights of a TV set, surrounded by cameras, and debate the same topics you’ve argued with friends your entire life? Exactly. Registration is from 8:00 to 11:00 am. See you there.

That’ll do it for now. I’ll leave you with the latest Kentucky basketball anthem. It comes from Royal Illness…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

45 responses to “The Charlotte Bobcats’ Tuesday News and Views”

  1. Tennesse Wildcat

    Way to go, Terrence!, and Cal and company are continuing to do what they do best besides coaching, and that is recruiting. 2013 will be a totally awesome recruiting class that may put Michigan’s Fab Five class to shame. This is really a dream come true. Lets enjoy it while we can.

  2. Buckets

    Wow, no comments? Well… GO CATS!!! GO REDS!

  3. BigKitty

    The Reds suck and everybody knows it. If you believe otherwise then you are only kidding yourself.

  4. KY Fan...

    Could that UL cheerleader look any more impressed with TJ???? And could Twany look any less impressed with Slick Willie?

  5. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS

    Hey Matt– can you do us all a favor? Please reach out to Cal and remind him to mention Mr Wildcat when the Reds honor the Cats. Thanks

  6. soggyUKgrad

    I think it is awesome that Terrence followed through with this! well done Terrence!!

  7. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    With Lyons, I’m not so much concerned with the attitude as I am with him wanting 20 shots a game. If anyone can change that, it’s Cal, but you never know.

  8. Drew G.

    Drew, good on you! I won’t mention that the Braves won 14 division titles and have one title to show for it all. Last Braves World Series was 1995. What was that 17 years ago? Also, you had to beat the Reds en route to do that (part of our 2 playoff experiences in 17 years.) Atlanta is Johnny come lately. Most of the Braves tradition was done in Boston/Milwaukee but whatever…enjoy the redneck culture and Coca-Cola/Chick-Fil-A corporate sponsorship down there. I’ll take Great American Ball Park, on a sunny day, by the banks of the Ohio River/Kentucky any day.

  9. Drew G.

    I’ll freely admit the Reds aren’t the best. They aren’t the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox or the Cardinals. That’s your cream of the crop in baseball. I wouldn’t say they suck. I think they are a top 10 franchise. I’d put Braves 9 and Reds 10. Things used to be different but too much bad (especially in the 2000′s) for me to put them higher. When you look at all-time history, the Reds belong there. With a good showing this year, I can justify it. Otherwise, I think the Tigers belong in the 10 spot. Reds are still way better than Marlins, Royals, Astros, Cubs, Mariners and Pirates. Just my opinion.

  10. i'll be blunt

    what a great year for my two fav teams, uk and stl cardinals both bring home the championship..sorry, hope the reds lose every game from now until forever.

  11. Drew L.

    Man…. Drew G is mad. You gonna learn today!!!!

  12. i'll be blunt

    also, that gameday vote you keep promoting is for football gameday..do we really want to draw attention to our football team?

  13. Drew Franklin

    Am I missing something here? When did I say anything about the Atlanta Braves being good? I’m confused.

  14. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    Looking at a mock draft for 2013…Noel is 3rd, Poythress is 7th, and Harrow is 18th. Didn’t realize Poythress was that high. Guess it makes sense, though. He has all the tools.

  15. big tim

    twany you bettter watch out touching bill hand no telling where they have been lol

  16. Ukhang8

    Why do people keep making rap songs about Kentucky…. doesn’t seem to really fit

  17. jumpman78

    1. The 2011 recruiting class already put the Fab 5 to shame.

  18. Drew G.

    Good morning. I probably seem more than a little crazy but I went to high school in Georgia and had to listen to honks go on about the “great” Braves. They made fun of UK and the Reds too. Plenty of Braves fans in KY so I’m a little tired of that the Reds suck. Anyway, you seem to have no problem trashing one team so I’m just throwing some light-hearted jabs back your way. I’m done with it though because united we stand, divided we fall…as it says on our state flag. United under #BBN, divided by the MLB. Only one World Series champ each year and this year it’s…the Toronto Blue Jays. Hardy har har…

  19. Azubuike's Bicep

    Drew, I get that your not a Reds fan but there’s no need to take shots at them. You are purposely offending some of the same fans that read your posts every day. I am a fan of the Reds and I don’t rub it in anyones face, so I don’t need you rubbing it in our faces when they aren’t good. I love reading your posts, but I was pretty disappointed when I read that. Not that my opinion matters.

  20. SexnNursinHomes

    Glad TJ took her flowers. Pretty sweet of him. Penis text photos are just as good as flowers though.

  21. SexnNursinHomes

    wait. sending them, not receiving them. better clarify that.

  22. yer mom says hi

    Ok, we get it… Bill Clinton was in town and took a few pics with the team. Is there going to be a pic of Monica’s boyfriend in every post from now to the end of time. I can only imagine how ape sh!t yall will be of pics / stories if / when the team meets Obummer. That dude is Carter 2.0, so ya better get it outa yer system between now and November.

    Only 50% of ollege graduates are finding jobs, wonder if they will vote as hard for Obummer this time around?

    Oh, and Ashley, you are getting fat and maybe you should work harder on acting than running your mouth – way to upset over 50% of the viewing public.

  23. Figure The Facts

    Ashley should stick to movies and being a UK fan…. her plotical statements make her look even fatter than she really is

  24. Figure The Facts

    Bubba Clinton was spotted at two keys last night having a beer with Henry Earl and hitting on some coeds.

  25. UKATS_RULE

    Did anyone watch the T. Jones flower delivery? He still seems to be walking with a limp. He is the man I thought he was dunn, after he rolled his ankle in the game against Kansas.

  26. Unboltedharp

    DVR an ucla game; that’s almost a bigger waste of time than loserville, almost.

  27. Big O

    Need to get a faster horse than that on Lyons DF. Your comparison just won’t fly. The young man has issues well beyond the brawl incident. Comparing him to Cousins is like comparing the duct tape bandit to Hitler. Stay away from this kid. Not what the UK program is about!!!!

  28. Marvin

    That song sucks.

  29. Bristol Cat

    Quiz time:
    1. Who has more trips than Ricky P to the final 4 in his sport, with only one championship? Bobby Cox
    2. Who won the same amount of championships in the 90′s as the supposed “team of the 90′s(Braves)?” The Reds
    3. Which Owner/GM combo won as many championships as Turner/Schuerholtz? Marge Schott/Jim Bowden.
    Bonus Fact: Braves Fans/UL Fans are equal when it comes to overrating the significance of their program.

  30. Bristol Cat

    Some spring football attendance #’s FYI:
    East Carolina 7,114
    Arkansas State 6,115
    Louisiana Tech 5,257
    Houston 5,137

  31. Reality

    UCLA is #1 Class now….like or not…..

  32. Reds fan

    Bill Keightley was a huge Reds fan. ‘Nuff said.

  33. Rockfield,KY

    Wow, some seriously butthurt Reds fans in here. 8. You literally did nothing there to make the Braves sound bad. I’m a Braves fan, but you should’ve mentioned last year and their embarrassing September collapse. Anyway, I’ll take Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones over any manager and player combination from the Reds in the last 25 years that you can think of.

  34. Tebkats

    Take it from someone who lives in the Charlotte area, the Bobcats are so bad that they will lose the NBA lottery. With their luck they will end up with the fourth pick. Hope AD and MKG don’t have to waste their years playing for the hopeless Bobcats. Although the Bobcats would probably trade them after a couple of years, they trade all their decent players away.

  35. GummyBear

    33.. Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr, Eric Davis and Joey Votto are all > Chipper Jones. And I’ll take Lou Pinnela and Davey Johnson over Bobby Cox. I will concede, however, that Greg Maddox and John Smoltz (and probablt Tom Glavine) are better than any Reds’ pitcher in the last 23 years, save Jose Rijo who I would put ahead of Glavine.

  36. HillaryClinton

    Some of you people crack me up with your 3rd grade level knowledge of politics. Overhearing a few of your grandparents conversations on politics doesn’t qualify you to post your opinion on a “sports” message board. I’m sure Fox News has a message board for beginners.

  37. Royal Illness

    #16 UkHang8: Because Their Is A Bigger Hiphop Scene In Kentucky Than I Guess Your Aware Of. And Believe It Or Not We Are Fans Of UK As Well So I Really Don’t See How It Doesn’t Fit. I Know Artist In Various Genres Of Music In Kentucky, Just Because We Are The “Bluegrass” State Doesn’t Mean That’s All We Have.

    #28 Marvin: Thanks For Listening Anyway, Thankfully Not Everyone Shares Your Opinion. As I’ve Learned, In This Business You Can’t Please Everyone.

    Whether Any Of You Like My Song Or Not , I First Thank You Drew For Taking Time & Posting It,Then I Thank Everyone For Listening.

    Peace & Respect

  38. cracka

    i know there are uk fans from all over that visit this site … but most of live here in lex … and most of us are sports fans that cheer for our home teams … uk for college sports and cincy for pro … i’m a big uk fan, also a big bengals and reds fan … the only other acceptable teams to cheer for are titans if you’re south or stl if you’re out west … people around here that just blindly cheer for the braves or the steelers or whatever are just obnoxious

  39. blueinmemphis

    Cracka please….

  40. Marvin

    37. I appreciate your reply to my comment. Not my cup of tea, but you do your thing. We’re all brothers in Blue.

  41. Royal Illness

    Not A Problem, And Your right, We All Want To See The Boys In Blue Bring Home #9.
    Go Cats!! #BBN

  42. Drew G.

    41.) Hip hop isn’t really my thing at all but I liked it. Couldn’t place the song you sampled but it sounded familiar.

    Also, 38.) I really agree with that.

  43. Clinton's Cuban cigar

    I was told i’d be “introduced” to Ashley Judd in the locker room

  44. Drew G.

    33.) I really don’t need to do much to make the Braves sound bad. They seem to underachieve just fine on their own. Yes, the wildcard collapse last year was bad. So was the “team of the 90′s” choking in 5 World Series. Another comment mentioned Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux. With a rotation like that, you should have won a lot more than one title. Lastly, the Braves franchise has the second most losses all-time of any franchise. The franchise with the most losses all time is the Philadelphia Phillies who have owned the Braves the last 5 years.

    Since I lived in Atlanta for 6 years, I’ve been to Braves games. I just find Turner field gimmicky, full of corporate sponsorship and average food. It’s run-of-the-mill. It’s a nice, average ballpark for an average franchise. Atlanta is a lousy, half-assed sports town in general. They had trouble selling out playoff games in the 90′s.

    The Reds ballpark feels traditional to me. I like that it’s new (much better than Riverfront). I like that it sits on the river. It’s a true baseball town that I relate to more than the Braves. Sure the Reds have fallen on hard times but the fans are still really proud. They aren’t acting like a bunch of deserving rednecks that can’t accept the Braves have been average at best, save for the 1991-2005 run (when Turner’s $$$$ was the driving force). Also the only reason the fanbase is big cause they were on TBS all those years. The definition of bandwagon fans…”I like ‘em cause they’re on!”

  45. DirtyNess

    Shout out to Royal Illness not only for representing BBN thru his LONG TIME art form…. but for getting on here and being respectable in the comments section!!! Way to represent BBN and the Lexington Hip Hop family… My DUDE!!!!