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The KSR Summer Tour heads to London (Thursday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the KSR Summer Tour heads to Shiloh Steakhouse in London, so if you’re in the area, come on out to enjoy the show and hear the gang discuss Matt’s win at the Barbasol Championship Pro-Am.

Tomorrow, the show will be live from the Barbasol Championship. Next week, the crew makes its way to the western part of the state:

7/23 – Edmonton – Metcalfe County High School – 709 West Stockton Street
7/24 – Benton – CFSB Bank – 221 West Fifth Street
7/25 – Paducah – Academy Sports and Outdoors – 150 McBride Lane
7/26 – Madisonville – Watermark Toyota – 1055 Crossing Place
7/27 – Louisville – Salsarita’s in St. Matthews – 285 N. Hubbard Lane

Remember, if you go to four tour stops, you’ll be entered into the drawing for the Bahamas trip. For a complete list of tour stops, click here.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.

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Meet the Wildcats Podcast: T.J. Beisner discusses P.J. Washington’s return and interviews Keldon Johnson

Our buddy T.J. Beisner from CoachCal.com released his third edition of his “Meet the Wildcat” series on the Behind Kentucky Basketball series. The purpose of the podcast was meeting and interviewing freshman Keldon Johnson, but Beisner started the podcast discussing Washington’s return to practice. The sophomore forward finished the season with a broken pinky and played a few months with the injury.

Here are the P.J. Washington highlights:

  • P.J. Washington has been a leader, even when sidelined after his surgery. “P.J. has shown at this point he is a leader.” Beisner said he was always engaged during practices and would point out mistakes and give advice. That’s pretty cool to hear.
  • Beisner said the team was having great practices but when things were starting to possibly get stale Reid Travis was added to the mix. Then once things may have started slowing down P.J. Washington is now back. Adding these experienced pieces have to be great for the younger guys.
  • Don’t read into who’s wearing blue/white jerseys in practices, says Beisner. That’s smart advice because these guys switch jersey colors multiple times throughout a practice.
  • P.J. stayed nearly two hours after practice on Tuesday night going through individual drills. “P.J.’s practice was only part of the work he put in last night.” Beisner said he’s embracing the process and the grind. “You need a leader to be the first one there and the last one to leave,” he said.

Great stuff regarding P.J. Washington. On the Soundcloud link you can listen to Beisner’s thoughts on Washington from the start to the 6:20 mark of the podcast.

Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Keldon Johnson

  • Beisner said he loves watching him practice. “He makes everyone better because if you don’t play better you’re going to get run into the ground.” He said that Johnson is having to guard every player on the team and putting him in uncomfortable situations and he’s thriving.
  • Beisner notes that Calipari said last week on KSR that Johnson was UK’s most consistent shooter. “I like my job so I won’t disagree.” It sounds like there may have been a little Cal fluff on Johnson’s shooting, but Beisner said he’s been impressed with his outside shot.
  • The interview starts at 8:48 in the podcast.
  • Keldon Johnson said practices get a little chippy because everyone wants to compete.
  • Keldon Johnson’s brother is a senior at Georgetown and he grew up with the mindset that he needed to be better than him. Johnson said he is better than his brother although his brother would disagree. Kaleb Johnson averaged 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and two assists per game during his junior season for the Hoyas.
  • Johnson said every player is different on the team, so each player has to expand their game to be able to keep up with their teammates.
  • “I’m a dog. I do whatever it takes to win. I’m the ultimate competitor. I score the basketball very well. I lock up on defense. My shot has improved a lot and I’m starting to knockdown more shots,” Keldon said when describing his game.
  • Keldon said interacting with the Big Blue Nation is a once in a lifetime experience. He said he maybe signed 2k-3k autographs during the summer.
  • Keldon said one of his first basketball memories was watching Jodie Meeks scoring 54 points against Tennessee. After that Keldon wanted to play with UK on video games and shoot threes with Jodie Meeks.
  • The interview ends at the 16:30 mark.

Other tidbits

  • The teams in the Bahamas are better than the ones they played four years ago. Beisner was told by Calipari that UK may lose some games, maybe all the games, but no one should hit the panic button.
  • Beisner said the last game in the Bahamas will feature UK squaring off against former Cat Kyle Wiltjer. I did not know that and that will be incredibly cool.
  • Beisner said no one is really separating themselves, but he said Calipari is adamant there will not be any platoons, but Beisner said you just never know with Calipari, but the plan will be to not platoon.
  • Beisner said UK is NOT switching from Nike to Jordan Brand. The practice jerseys were a one time deal and they were immediately available. Those are temporary practice jerseys and it was a “technical” issue.

You should listen to the entire interview. Beisner is informative and has been killing it on the CoachCal.com beat.

 

 


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

McDowell


The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen, mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.


You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

If you are interested in sponsoring KSR’s Top 10 Tweets, please contact us at Via Email.

#10 MizRoc


Let’s hope it worked!

#9 Eric J Redmond


He seems nice.

#8 Trent Walker


I’m going to the beach Saturday, can you make me one?

#7 Dave Bloom


Probably 100.

#6 Wendy Anderson


Same!

#5 Elliot


Love this spirit!

#4 Wes Ledford


So true!

#3 R. Routt


What does this even mean?

#2 Marvis


Ryan is a gem!

#1 Patrick Spalding


The cutest!


Damien Harris brushes off Benny Snell’s self-praise, says he’s a Duke basketball fan

Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

At one point, Damien Harris was the biggest Kentucky football recruit in decades. As the top running back prospect in the nation, the five-star out of Richmond, KY held offers from just about every school in the nation, but his decision came down to the Cats and the Crimson Tide.

In the end, the opportunity for championships won out and Harris committed to Alabama.

Just a year later, a no-name three-star running back named Benny Snell became a Wildcat, expected to be nothing more than a role player for his first few seasons. Solid recruit, but most felt he was a project.

Three seasons later in 2018, Harris and Snell are seen as the top-two running backs in the SEC. Not too shabby of a consolation prize for the Cats.

If you ask Snell, though, there’s no debate. The Kentucky star is the best in the conference.

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran loves the confidence, and even more so because Snell backs it up both in practice and in games.

When asked about Snell’s comments today, Harris took the professional approach.

“Who doesn’t think they’re the best? Don’t we all think we’re the best at our position?”

A different reporter asked a similar question later in the day, and the Alabama senior wasn’t as kind the second time around. According to Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader, Harris had the ‘no-comment, next question’ approach.

Did Harris have any opinion on that? “No,” he said simply, looking around the table for the next question.

If he wasn’t an enemy of the Big Blue Nation yet, his next comments will certainly do the trick.

Harris, who has rushed for 2,194 yards and 14 touchdowns over his three-year career, said he’s a Duke fan.

“I haven’t (yet) but I would love to meet Jay Bilas. I’m a Duke basketball fan. I’m not sure how or why. It just happened.

Alabama football and Duke basketball? Shocker.

Wonder if he’s a fan of the Patriots, Lakers, and Yankees, too.

#BennySnellForHeisman


Matt Jones sinks long birdie putt at 2018 Barbasol Championship Pro-Am

Matt Jones sinks long birdie putt at 2018 Barbasol Championship Pro-Am

@KYHuangs

Did you know Matt Jones was a putting legend?

After today’s performance, you certainly do.

At the 2018 Barbasol Championship Pro-Am this afternoon, our fearless leader sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole, arguably the toughest hole of the course.

If you ask Matt, it was the greatest sports accomplishment of his life.

The best part of it all was Drew Franklin’s “I didn’t know you could putt?” response.

Matt was with Tubby Smith, John Michael Montgomery, and Rick Dees, along with pros Zac Blair and Stephen Jaeger:

Congratulations to Matt and the gang on finishing first at the Barbasol Championship Pro-Am!


WATCH: Kentucky basketball releases MORE practice highlights

WATCH: Kentucky basketball releases MORE practice highlights

@KentuckyMBB

If you’re not aware of this yet, the Kentucky coaching staff and those around the program are excited about the basketball team. Extremely excited.

We’re already getting inside information from our friend TJ Beisner at CoachCal.com, who has been releasing practice recaps, player interviews, and podcasts each week.

Now, the official Kentucky men’s basketball account is unleashing more practice content on both Twitter and Instagram almost daily.

First up, a Reid Travis slam in transition, assisted by Tyler Herro:

Next, Immanuel Quickley swatted Quade Green’s shot back in his face:

On Instagram, we’re getting similar videos to the ones shown above, but also more raw footage on their story:

Very, very impressive.

We’re just a few weeks away from the Bahamas trip, BBN. Hang on just a bit longer, and then we’ll have all the highlight videos we could ever need… To hold us over until Big Blue Madness, at least.


DeMarcus Cousins on backlash received upon joining Warriors: “I don’t give a f**k”

When free agency opened on July 1, former Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins was in a tough situation. Following a season-ending Achilles injury suffered back in January, the four-time All-Star’s stock was low, and interest wasn’t all that high around the league. There were even reports that his team, the New Orleans Pelicans, didn’t even offer a contract.

So after two days of stress and lack of interest, Cousins shocked the world by joining the Golden State Warriors.

Showtime is currently working on a documentary series on Boogie’s rehab called “The Resurgence,” where we get an inside look at the recovery process and training for the upcoming season.

In the latest release, Cousins was interviewed about his free agency decision and how he ended up on arguably the greatest NBA team of all time.

“I’ve been up for two days straight, honestly,” Cousins said. “I’ve been up for two days straight. We reached out to teams. The Pelicans, there was no offer. I understand, it was a big year and you don’t want to ruin it taking a chance on a damaged player. Cool.”

And the lack of interest wasn’t just from the Pelicans. Almost no one around the league, despite averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds last season, wanted him.

“We reached out to some other teams. We got answers like “We don’t believe it’s a good fit” or “We gotta see what we’re doing with our roster.” Just kinda, like, bulls**t answers. And then there were some that flat out said “We can’t take that risk.”‘

And then he reached out to Golden State and their players, where he was welcomed with open arms.

“I talked to Draymond, talked to KD, and talked to Steph. They were like “Hell yeah, let’s do it.” You know, this was my ace of spade. This was my nuclear bomb, my last resort.

Cousins said he understands he could’ve gotten a fine contract on a losing team, but that’s not his goal. After years of losing in Sacramento, he wanted to win.

“Yeah, I probably could’ve gotten a decent contract with a bad team. But how does that help me? I’m already fighting a (potentially) career-ending injury. I’m not going to put myself in an already-bad situation… A situation that’s not looking to win,” he said.

And if you don’t like his decision? He doesn’t care. At all.

“I knew how I would be perceived from some. I don’t give a f**k… There’s some motherf***ers out there that are probably ripping their hair out right now. And I love it.”

Check out the full interview below:

#TheResurgence


There’s still time to catch the KSR Summer Tour

Tuesday’s crowd at Blazer’s in Ashland was nuts.

The KSR Summer Tour took a brief hiatus today for Matt to participate in the the Barbasol Championship Pro-Am, but picks right back up tomorrow at Shiloh Steakhouse in London.

Here’s the complete schedule so you can make a date with the KSR crew:

7/19 – London – Shiloh Steakhouse – 218 Russell Dyche Memorial Hwy
7/20 – Lexington – Barbasol Championship

7/23 – Edmonton – Metcalfe County High School – 709 West Stockton Street
7/24 – Benton – CFSB Bank – 221 West Fifth Street
7/25 – Paducah – Academy Sports and Outdoors – 150 McBride Lane
7/26 – Madisonville – Watermark Toyota – 1055 Crossing Place
7/27 – Louisville – Salsarita’s in St. Matthews – 285 N. Hubbard Lane

7/31 – Lexington – Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship – Hillary Boone Tennis Complex
8/1 – Jackson – Kelsey’s on Main – 1124 Main Street
8/2 – Somerset – Woodson Bend Golf Resort – 900 Colyer Road Bronson, KY
8/3 – Fort Wright – Dickmann’s – 479 Orphanage Road

8/15 – Campbellsville – Gatti’s Pizza – 1301 E. Broadway Street
8/16 – Lexington – Everybody Fights – 124 Malabu Drive
8/17 – Louisville – KY State Fair

GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com will be giving away tickets at each show, and don’t forget, if you come to four KSR tour stops, you’ll be entered into the drawing for the Bahamas trip (August 6-13). Sounds like a great excuse to miss work if you ask me.