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This past week sure was a real tease, huh?


First, let me be clear: Kevin Knox should go to the NBA to achieve his lifelong dream and to get his money. It’s the right move and I think I can speak for everyone in Big Blue Nation when I say we’re happy for him and we appreciate what he did to West Virginia and others.

With that being said, Knox, via his father, took us on a bit of ride this past week. I don’t think Knox or his father intentionally lifted the fans up so they could knock them down, but that’s a little bit of what happened as Knox Sr. gave several teasing interviews during the decision process.

In his most recent and promising interview, conducted by LEX 18 last night, Knox’s father said he was leaning toward his son returning to Kentucky. Those comments generated a ton of excitement about the possibility of a return, only for the decision to go the other way today. Those comments weren’t even 24 hours old at the time of Knox’s announcement. Looking back, he probably should’ve kept that info to himself.

Hopefully, none of you got too invested in the idea of a sophomore Knox in Lexington. If you did, that’s on you, although we hope you get to feeling better soon. The NBA was always the most likely scenario, but it would’ve been a little easier on his fans in Kentucky without all of the false hope they were fed, all the way up until the final hours of the process.

Anyway, that’s my two cents on it all. Good for Knox on going pro. Hope he kills it. Kentucky will be fine without him. His dad could’ve been a little easier on the fan base though. BBN can be fragile.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

59 responses to “This past week sure was a real tease, huh?”

  1. A_Blue_Wildcat

    Stop playing us.
    -Sincerely, all UK fans

    1. runningunnin.454

      Not all, speak for yourself.

    2. njcat54

      Don’t think he was playing the fans… just think the fans and KY program are not very high on their list of concerns.

      Cal’s players can’t seem to get out of Lexington fast enough. Even if they have no shot at the NBA they leave.

  2. njcat54

    The one and done kids and their families couldn’t care less about KY fans. They always say otherwise, but their actions speak much louder. Dialo’s and Knox’s decision processes are prime examples. Calipari and his extreme ‘player first / championship last’ philosophy is slowly eroding the KY fan base.

    Cal will never sniff another final four unless he gets his recruiting game back.

    1. Voice of Reason

      Clueless “fan” mumbo jumbo… “extreme player first/championship last philosophy”

      You wanna see a one and done failure? Watch Duke next season.

    2. King_tucky

      K starts killing the recruiting scene. If Cal could have got a good player to stay another year it’s bigger than another round of unknowns. I know it ll be fine. But man, just quit with all the teasing. BBN them to go n then chatter gets their hopes up n then BBN looks like the Ahoes cause we are disappointed that it was all a tease. N now we are deflated for the weekend.

    3. catsarerunnin

      If “slowly eroding” means “fans” like you are moving on then I’m all for it.

    4. njcat54

      I know LOTS of people who have lost interest. Keep drinking the cool aid.

    5. catsarerunnin

      Well obviously anyone who refers to “cool” aid is an expert…

    6. Blue Bill

      Bye!!! Don’t let the door hit ya.

    7. Bobbum Man

      lol, I think we’ll be just fine without ya… if we can make it through the Billy G days I think we’ll be just fine watching some of the best players in the country year in and year out

    8. Rixter

      I agree. Cal is bringing in kids who view it as nothing more than a springboard to the NBA. I would much rather have kids like Villanova, who come in planning to stay 4 years, care about the team, the school, the fans. They’ve done fairly well with that type of kids.

    9. ClutchCargo

      njcat54, do you actually know these people, or do you just pay too much attention to the cry babies online? You might need some new people to hang around with.

    10. njcat54

      Cal has one championship. Tubby had one championship. Average final ranking of Cal’s teams is about the same as Tubby’s – 12thish. Neither one of them set the world on fire, and Cal is trending in the wrong direction. Getting his butt kicked in recruiting and can’t seem to game coach his way out of a paper bag.

    11. catsarerunnin

      So in your expert opinion who should take his place? Bill Self? One title. Tom Izzo? One title. Rick Barnes? Zero titles. Sean Miller? Zero titles. Adolf Rupp? 4 titles but dead. John Wooden? 10 titles but dead. Rick Pitino? One title,one taken away,looks dead.

    12. runningunnin.454

      Coach K? 400 year old vampire, 5 title, undead.

  3. Mr. Cub

    This played out just like the postseason did. The reality was that this team was a Sweet 16 team all along but we all got our hopes up late in the process.

  4. JTHinton

    Drew is right, he should go and fulfill his life long dream of playing in the NBA, but not until next year

  5. ClutchCargo

    And along comes Drew to stir up the Chicken Little crowd.

    1. Realme

      Yep. More of those click$.

    2. really

      Drew has to have a certain amount of posts. There was no way in hell Knox was coming back for another season. Anyone who thought otherwise is just kidding themselves. Just so you know I think he made the right decision.

  6. JTA

    My favorite part was when they pretended he was thinking about coming back

    1. ClutchCargo

      Do you key that in each time, or just copy/paste?

  7. BigBluSoTru

    Why the hell did anybody expect this kids family to care about us the BBN? This kid had millions right in front of him just to come back and play ball in Rupp i sure wouldnt allow my kid to come back sometimes we fans at UK are really retarded i admit to being stupid alot about Uk BB and kids. But i sure as hell know you alwys take the millions when offered and leave nothing to chance. Being from the hollas of eastern kentucky i can attest to that shit.

  8. secrick

    Grow up BBN ,shit you sound like a bunch of cry babies. Good luck Kevin.

  9. Peter Criss

    I am so sick of the 1 and Done. It’s not Cal’s fault, it’s just basketball now. It is refreshing to see experienced teams like Villanova win the whole thing. If you don’t think experience makes a big difference, just think about how excited you got thinking of Knox coming back with a year under his belt.

    1. njcat54

      …this!

    2. catsarerunnin

      You didn’t complain in 2012.

    3. Peter Criss

      Of course not, why would I? We had the top 2 freshman in basketball with AD & MKG, a very good one with Teague, plus (and I think most importantly) we had guys with some experience with Miller, Jones and Lamb who had made a deep, deep run in the tournament the year before. It was more balanced than what we had this year. Even with Knox and SGA leaving, next year, most likely, can set up much, much better than this year.

  10. a21CATSfan

    The only thing I was excited about was the potential of Kevin Knox and Keldon Johnson in the same lineup. We (Kentucky fans) have now went through 9 offseasons of this; did you expect anything else? Good luck Kevin!

  11. chris43

    Fully expected him to be gone from the start of the year. I want to make it 100% clear that I had zero issue with that. But all the comments and false hope this week could have been left out especially last night. It is what it is but it takes a scenario that wouldn’t have bothered me at all and turns it into a WTF why’d ya say all that stuff moment? Wish ya all the luck in the NBA but you’d be much better off going next year.

  12. RealCatsFan

    Bummer. Feels like BBN gets teased more than satisfied lately. Good luck to Kevin, he made the right decision for himself, but I would be lying if I said I’m not disappointed.

  13. TB112162

    Njcat54 how did you survive 1999-2008 no final fours and 2 elite 8 if you don’t want to cheer for Kentucky go cry in your basement

    1. njcat54

      Wasn’t particularly happy then either. Tubby’s teams had an average final ranking about the same as Cal’s. Certainly nowhere close to what Rupp and Pitino accomplished at UK.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Might want to do some research before you post something as ignorant as this njcat. If you lose interest and leave BBN for another team you won’t be missed….good riddance.

  14. njcat54

    Note to Cal… please go find some Malcolm Brogdans, Jalen Brunson’s, Devonte Graham’s, Frank Mason’s, Joel Berry’s, or Luke Maye’s, Kamba Walker’s, i.e. players who are interested in winning college championships AND making millions in the NBA.

    1. 4everUKblue

      If you were Villanova fan you’d have lost your mind and been crying last year when they went out in the second round with the same players, even though they just won the NC the year before. Because your a whiner not a fan.

  15. bigbluehank

    Congrats to Cal…a step closer to winning the NBA Draft this summer!

    1. 4everUKblue

      Expected no less from you Henry “Hank”. Keep drinking the hater-ade.

    2. bigbluehank

      Just congratulating our coach on reaching his goal!

    3. catsarerunnin

      You’ve reached your goal of stupid comments Hankie.

  16. TB112162

    I don’t know what’s worse Drew writing this article to suggest the Knox family was disingenuous or you crybabies for backing him up

    1. Rixter

      They ABSOLUTELY were disingenuous. Knox, Sr said last night he was leaning toward kevin returning. But the ‘goodbye’ video had already been taped. Unless you think Knox flew home to Florida last night, then flew back to UK this morning to tape the piece. No.. the decision had already been made when sr made those comments.

  17. Troll Slayer

    KSR comments are ridiculous. So his dad said some positive things about UK the whole time and got a few people’s hopes up, big deal. The media were the ones putting the info out there. They know what moves the needle during the aftermath of college basketball.
    Good luck, Kevin!

    1. Rixter

      If the media doesnt put the info out there, then we dont get the info.. unless you want Knox’s dad to call each member of BBN.

    2. njcat54

      Excuse me?! It was Knox’s father who spoke the words ‘leaning toward coming back’! You really hanging this on the media???

  18. Rixter

    Knox, Sr said on Thursday night that he was leaning toward his son returning. Meanwhile, his son had obviously already taped his decision video, telling us he was leaving – as the video was shot at the UK basketball facility, and Knox flew home to Tampa yesterday. Oh, we got played, and played hard.
    Lesson learned, right?

  19. TB112162

    Yeah Cal and Tubby are comparable your and idiot Nijcat54 anything you say on her is a waste go away

  20. 4everUKblue

    Good luck Kevin, there’s not one of us on this site (especially the whiners) who would have done any different.

  21. spincr4hire72

    Looking forward to next season. Hopefully PJ comes back at least. Tyler Herro is gonna be fun to watch

  22. plumloopy

    There is an assumption that the only thing that matters is Wins and Losses and hardware. But what is being lost is the pleasure of getting to know the players, of essentially forming a relationship between fans and the players. There will not be another Chuck Hayes in this system, no Unforgettables.

  23. plumloopy

    And for all the fans who think they get to say “good riddance” to anyone that disagrees with them, you don’t own this team or the rights to be a fan.

  24. TonyMontana

    I cant believe you whining little b*tches posting on here about how these kids dont care about Kentucky. It’s obvious Knox did and so did his dad. He said it was the best year of his life. And he struggled with a decision between living his NBA dream with Millions of dollars or postponing that a year and risking an injury and losing it all.

    He was a projected lottery pick, ok? Its not like he’s the #38th prospect. We’re talking Top 10 possibility. Who has ever came back when they were projected in the Lottery? You have to give Kevin Knox a ton of props and plenty of respect for almost coming back for another year. Coming back to the #BBN?
    Judging by these comments it looks like the #BBN doesnt even deserve him. You are the biggest bunch of dumbasses I’ve ever had to read comments by.

    Always have faith in Cal and always support your team and its players. Thats BBN.

  25. cats646

    Eh, I never liked Knox too much. He was dang good but he was very selfish and had terrible body language. Didn’t care whether he stayed or left. We will be fine without him.

    1. michaelb

      Yea , I’m just hoping we get PJ back, that dude was really getting a feel for the interior game. Priceless asset coming into this season

    2. cats646

      Agree.

  26. bluecrowe

    Knox should have returned. I think he is going to have a year similar to Monk this year. Monk had no business in the NBA this year. It is almost as though UK kids are embarrassed at the idea they might should return. I admit I wish we had something closer to what Villanova has right now. I enjoy watching a player develop over a couple of years vs months and getting to know him a little better. I do not think these kids understand what UK basketball really means to the fans. I think most of them believe we started caring about UK basketball since Cal/Wall/Cousins. I truly believe this and it is sad. It is frankly becoming an exhaustive exercise to go through this every 5 months. I do believe we were sort of played by the father, but he did go to Florida State….. I love Knox and Shai, but they are leaving and we did not really accomplish anything as a team or a program and they are leaving. With the possible additions of Diallo and Vanderbilt, this becomes insanity. We lost to an NIT team with a clear path to the FF.

  27. Atg2112

    Written by the guy who posted the most articles on said false hope. His dad said, in a nutshell, what most UK OAD parents say. Tough decision, love UK and fans, etc. Drew, your site and your articles are the ones who turned this into a “tease”, and now, guess which article all day has the most clicks and comments? Kid made the right choice for him, anyone upset takes a game played by boys who haven’t even physically reached an end to their bodies growing and still have to ask their parents if they can stay over at a friend’s house WAY too seriously.

  28. Megan

    By definition, any decision a player and his family make is best for them. I might not agree, but I don’t know what’s important to them.

    A couple of factors stood out in this case. The family was financially in a good place, something we usually don’t know. Cal made the case for coming back, which is unusual. And given the weakness of next year’s draft, the rookie salary scale indicated Knox had a very real chance of making twice as much money if he stayed in college another year. That’s a lot to overcome.

    So what was it that made this decision “the right move,” to use Drew’s words? Unless Kevin or his family explain, we just don’t know. And that includes Drew.