Last night, Matt dedicated the Monday News and Views to “Skydiving With The Army.” Tonight, I’m dedicating the Tuesday News and Views to the parachute. It’s just my way of saying thanks in advance for what the device will be doing for us early Tuesday morning.
The word “parachute” comes from the French prefix paracete, originally from the Greek, meaning to protect against, and chute, the French word for “fall.” It was originally coined as a hybrid word, which meant “that which protects against a fall,” by the French aeronaut François Blanchard in 1785. That is what Wikipedia says. But to me, the word “parachute” has a different meaning, at least for the next 12 hours. It means “Please open up without complication and get me to the ground safely.”
We’re leaving Louisville at 6:30 a.m. to meet up with the Army’s “Golden Knights” skydiving team at Fort Knox. After a brief class, a few prayers and a couple phone calls to our loved ones, we’ll jump from 13,500 feet and land just as the radio show begins at 10:00 a.m. The plan is for Matt and I to both be on the radio show, assuming our good friend parachute allows us to do so. It’s going to play a pretty big role in our morning.
Terrence Jones worked out for his third team on Monday when he joined five other prospects in a workout with the Golden State Warriors. Afterwards, Jones said, “ I think it went real well. I think everybody got after it, it was real competitive. I think it was a great workout.”
Jones also told the San Jose Mercury News that he’s comfortable playing both forward spots and “it doesn’t matter” if he’s drafted to play the three-spot. If that’s where he plays, he’ll have to go up against guys like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but he’s ready for the challenge.
“I think I have the potential to get up there to those players,” he said. “Those are great players. Hopefully getting into the NBA and working on my skills, I think I can get there.”
Jones couldn’t get away from the California media on Monday without answering a question about his disappearance in the Indiana game. When asked if NBA personnel has brought his performance in Assembly Hall up in interviews, Jones said, “Not too much. I think I really tried to work on that at the end of the season, throughout both tournaments and just tried to compete at the highest level to help my team win a national championship. I think that’s what I accomplished.
As if we haven’t seen enough lists and projections for the NBA Draft, DIME Magazine ranked the top shooters in the draft and Doron Lamb came in at No. 3 on the list.
3. DORON LAMB
Sometimes lost in the flood of talent outpouring from Kentucky in this year’s draft is Doron Lamb. After two years for the defending national champions, he leaves with a career average of 13.1 points, aided by his 1.8 treys per game. His shooting percentages are what really stick out as he shot 49 percent from the field, an absurd 48 percent from behind the arc, and 81 percent from the free-throw line. Lamb’s role at the next level will be a strict floor spreader. His inability to see the floor along with his lack of size will restrict him from making a major impact. Nonetheless, expect to see Lamb get drafted sometime late in the first round.
Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins took the spot spot ahead of Florida’s Brad Beal and then Lamb.
If you were upset by the talk of Michael Jordan not being sold on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Adam Morrison. Kwame Brown.
And MJ isn’t the only NBA personnel that isn’t impressed with the MKG, one anonymous scout told Larry Vaught that the draft’s youngest player isn’t as good as people believe:
”MKG is a good defensive player, but he isn’t as good as people believe. Having Davis camped around the rim allowed players to play defense in a way which minimized their weaknesses,” he said.
He added, “In reality, the Kentucky system is smoke and mirrors. I remember being out in Vegas for a Summer League and I was sitting and watching games with a long-time Director of Scouting in the league. He said he was stunned at how unprepared Kentucky players were for the NBA, and he had drafted one of them.”
So if the system is smoke and mirrors, why did Kentucky win the title this past season? And why are so many young Wildcats doing well in the pros?
Congratulations to the final five semifinalists for the KSTV Casting Call! After a week of fan voting, Joshua Hensley, Chris Labar, Drew Johnson, Jonathan Martin and Anthony Bersaglia are moving on to join the ten semifinalists that were handpicked by the cn|2 staff in the round of 15.
I’ll leave you with a photo of Alex Poythress and a young Cats fan.
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