The season’s over. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:
*Blow It Up: The NBA Finals began this week, and it was simply another opportunity for Louisville fans to mock Kentucky fans. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s roster features one Nazr Mohammed, who was recruited by one Rick Pitino, the head man at UofL. John Calipari, on the other hand, has no former players in the Finals. Pitino has been on quite a run at the expense of Calipari this summer. First, Rick Pitino’s son Richard got a head coaching job, while Calipari’s son is still toiling away in high school. Then, Montrezl Harrell picked Louisville over Kentucky (this was such a foregone conclusion that Calipari didn’t even bother offering Harrell a scholarship). And to top it all off, Louisville was announced to be an 11 point favorite over Kentucky in their September 2 matchup. The guess here is that Pitino’s recruiting will only get better when youngsters across the country take note of the fact that Pitino is solely responsible (along with Tubby Smith and like a bunch of other people) for developing the Thunder’s superstar 11th man.
*A Lack Of Understanding: As we approach the NBA Draft, Kentucky fans are basically taking it for granted that UK big man Anthony Davis will be the first pick taken. But are they jumping the gun? (Hint: Yes.) It is by no means a guarantee that the New Orleans Hornets will in fact select Davis with the top pick, and the reasons therefor are numerous. For example, why would they waste their #1 pick on someone who could only manage one field goal in the most important game of his life? This wasn’t an aberration, either. In NCAA Tournament title games, Davis is only shooting 10% for his career. And while Davis blocks shots, can he do anything else? None other than ESPN calls him “the most ridiculously overrated one-trick pony in the history of the draft.” And ESPN isn’t the only one who thinks Davis will be a complete failure. Kansas forward Thomas Robinson said that he, not Davis, should be the top pick. So. Big Blue Nation, when you sidle up to the TV on June 28 to watch David Stern announce the #1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, don’t be shocked if it’s not Anthony Davis. (And even if it is, the Hornets are notorious for making terrible personnel decisions.)
*Family Friend: John Calipari’s reputation as the Point Guard Whisperer is taking a beating these days. Recently, objective journalist John Feinstein said that Calipari’s skills as a talent developer were severely overrated by suggesting that the Wizards trade John Wall, presumably because he was never developed in college. And to make matters worse, Feinstein said that the Wiz should try to draft UNC point guard Kendall Marshall, who Feinstein says is “a lot better than John Wall.” So not only does he think that Calipari is a terrible coach of point guards, but he also thinks that Roy Williams is far superior. Frankly, Feinstein may be on to something. How many other coaches could get Stillman White to lead a team to the Elite 8? And remember, Feinstein is not from Kentucky or North Carolina, so he is 100% unbiased in his assessment of these two coaches.
* On this date: On this date in 1919, Kentucky was coming off of a season in which they didn’t even make the NCAA Tournament.
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