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More lower bowl tickets on sale RIGHT NOW for alumni game

John Calipari announced that he opened up more seats for fans to purchase for the UK Alumni game. There are now 1,000 more lower bowl tickets for sale, plus courtside seating for those who would like to be Spiked out.

Go to Ticketmaster.com to get yours because they will go fast. That game is going to be awesome.

Ticketmaster: UK Alumni Charity Game


Grantland checks in on Kentucky’s historic draft class

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Jonathan Abrams over at Bill Simmons’ old place has a fantastic piece of writing about Kentucky’s latest draft class and what the 2014-15 basketball season in Lexington meant to them. Called “These Are the Things That Change Boys to Men,” Abrams has quotes from the new NBA Cats, including this heartbreaker we can all relate to:

“Couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat well, couldn’t drink well,” Towns said of how he felt in the days after their loss to Wisconsin. “I’m never going to let go of that,” added Dakari Johnson.

The article goes on to talk about how each player handled their role in Kentucky’s platoon system, and how it made them become a better player. We also hear from the guys about their new NBA homes and what they expect at the next level.

Check ‘er out.

[Grantland: These Are The Things That Change Boys To Men]


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The Alumni Game will be Televised

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This UK/UNC Alumni game is getting so good, it’s almost too good to be true.  With stacked rosters on both sides, the four-letter network could not resist.  The September 13th alumni showdown will be nationally televised on ESPNU. 

Even though it will be on the tube, it’s hard to resist watching this historic event in person.  Click here for tickets, and check out the rosters below.

Kentucky

  • Demarcus Cousins
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Brandon Knight
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Karl Towns
  • Devin Booker
  • Trey Lyles
  • Willie Cauley-Stein
  • Anthony Davis (will be there, but we’re unsure if he’ll actually play)

North Carolina

  • Harrison Barnes
  • Danny Green
  • Rasheed Wallace
  • John Henson

Chuck Hayes will sign a one-year deal with the Clippers

It looks like Chuck Hayes has still got it. According to Yahoo’s Marc Spears, the Los Angeles Clippers will sign Hayes to a one-year deal, the terms of which have not been disclosed.

Last week, Hayes parted ways with the Houston Rockets after the two sides couldn’t agree on a deal because of salary cap concerns. Hayes, now 32, was offered a coaching position with the Rockets, but after training to prepare for this season, he wanted to continue his playing career instead.

In ten years in the league, Hayes has played in 642 games, averaging 3.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game. Not bad for a kid who went undrafted in 2005.


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Anthony Davis might be shooting more 3s this season

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis is going to be one the most exciting players in the NBA to watch in the 2015-16 season. Along with putting on 10-12 pounds this offseason, Davis has been working on his 3-point game. In an interview with SLAM, Davis talks about how he transformed his game in what has been a busy offseason for him.

SLAM: There was a video out a few weeks ago with you working on your three-point shot. Can we expect you to step out and take more going forward?

AD: I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them. That’s one thing for sure that coach Gentry has told me—“Shoot the ball,” “Let it go.” I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game.

I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year.

Davis has been called “the best player in the NBA not named LeBron James and is only 22-years-old. If Davis became a threat around the perimeter, you can almost guarantee him the MVP title of this season. With a trip to the playoffs under their belt last season and arguably one of the best players in the league, the Pelicans could make a special run this season.

 


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Boogie gives us a glance at the Kings

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Here you have it. A first look at the Kentucky Sacramento Kings. Boogie just posted this picture with the caption “We hear ya….”

This is weird to look at, right?

 

@Hessler_KSR


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Anthony Davis’ New Diet has Transformed his Body

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If you’ve seen recent pictures of Anthony Davis, it’s impossible to ignore his increased stature.  Not long ago, he was lanky string-bean.  He’s since transformed into a monster, poised to make a potential run for MVP, all thanks to a strenuous offseason workout and diet plan.

Over eight weeks of working out in LA with new Pelicans strength coach, Jason Sumerlin, Davis has packed on 12 pounds while maintaining 10% body fat.  The primary reason he’s up to 253 pounds is a new diet, explained by Sumerlin to the Pelicans’ official website.

“I wanted Anthony to eat more than he does, actually, because that’s the only way to gain weight. You have to get more protein, more calories. He’s never going to cut out pizza, but I finally got him to eat seafood, for the first time ever. He had salmon. He also has a chef now, so he’s become more adventurous when it comes to food and his diet. Changing his diet is a huge thing and probably half the battle.”

The 2015 first team All-NBA selection was amazing in his third season, averaging 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.  Despite the amazing output, Davis still has plenty of room to improve, most notably against bigger, stronger post-players who often out-muscled him.

Sumerlin already sees an improvement without having seen against an opponent, ““He’s going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year,” said Sumerlin.  “He talks about it all the time.  He feels it.”

If he’s feeling it, I have a feeling we still haven’t seen the best from The Brow.

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World’s Tallest Man made Enes Kanter look short today

At 8’3″, Sultan Kösen is the world’s tallest man. At 6’11”, Enes Kanter is a very, very tall man. The two Turks met today at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Fulton Science Academy in Atlanta, and the pictures are pretty awesome.

For perspective, here is tall Enes with some children:

And Sultan and Enes with normal-sized adults:

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, Sultan’s record-breaking height resulted from a tumor affecting his pituitary gland and he actually had to have surgery to stop the growth in 2010. He also holds the record for the largest hands of a living person, each one measuring 28.5 cm (11.22 in) from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. Take that, Jahlil Okafor!


Karl Towns posts emotional tribute to Darryl Dawkins

Earlier this afternoon, the unfortunate news came out that NBA great Darryl Dawkins passed away from a heart attack at the age of 58. Dawkins, known as “Chocolate Thunder” for his monster dunks, was the first NBA player to make the leap to the league straight from high school.

The news was especially hard for former Cat Karl Towns, whose father knew Dawkins. The two practiced together during Karl Sr.’s playing days at Monmouth University and kept in touch, to the point that Karl Jr. referred to Dawkins as “Uncle Darryl.” Karl posted this touching tribute on Twitter this afternoon:

In a loss of words….

I’m going to miss you so much Uncle Darryl. There will never be another Chocolate Thunder. Love you so much and going to miss you so much..

Always told you I would make it to the NBA since I was little, I thank the man above  for allowing me to come through on my promise to you.

Rest in peace, Darryl.


Chuck Hayes will NOT sign with the Rockets

Last month, Chuck Hayes agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets, but apparently, he’s going to pass. Hayes’ agent Calvin Andrews told Yahoo’s Marc Spears that Hayes will NOT sign with the Rockets due to salary cap issues.

Hayes has discussed a future in coaching, and apparently has multiple coaching/front office job offers, but according to his agent, he still wants to play. In a statement, Andrews said Hayes has spent a lot of time preparing and training for this season, and is “in better shape than he has been in years.” While it didn’t work out with Houston, Hayes and his agent will look for other playing opportunities.

Best of luck, Chuck.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist signs new deal with Charlotte

It was reported earlier this week and now it’s official: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has more money than you do. He already did before, but now there’s no catching up. Sorry, everyone.

MKG signed his new contract with the Hornets today, reportedly worth $52 million over four years, though the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I want to thank Hornets ownership, Rich, Chad, Coach Clifford and the entire organization,” said Kidd-Gilchrist, in a release from the franchise. “I’m excited to continue my career in Charlotte and be a part of the Hornets organization moving forward. I can’t wait to get out on the court with my teammates for this upcoming season.”

Couldn’t happen to a better guy.


Photoshopped John Calipari was on NBA TV last night

Photoshopped John Calipari was on NBA TV last night

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John Calipari did a phone interview with NBA TV last night and I don’t know anything he said because I was too busy laughing at the photo used while he was on the program:

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If you can’t tell, that is photoshopped and done so poorly.

Anyway, I think he talked about his Hall of Fame induction and the next wave of Kentucky players entering the NBA.

Watch the video below:

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George “The Snake” Karl sporting a Boogie jersey at Kings event

Remember when George Karl wanted to trade our boy Boogie? He did all he could to get rid of the former UK big man in Sacramento, even going behind Boogie’s back in the locker room to get some of the players to help out.

Well now it looks like Karl is a fan. He wore a DeMarcus Cousins jersey to a charity event last night, which suggests the two are on the same page.

I guess the snake’s out of the grass, although I still don’t like him as the head coach of my favorite NBA team.

Can’t wait to see the Suicide Squad this season…


Sam Sharpe | USA Today

Woj: MKG is Getting a Contract Extension

Sam Sharpe | USA Today

Sam Sharpe | USA Today

Cal’s Cats are pretty rich, and they keep getting richer.  Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that MKG is about to ink a 4-year $52 million extension with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets.

Hopefully this long-term invest pays off better than some of Jordan’s previous management ideas.  The Kidd has the work ethic and saw his offensive game improve during his third season.

As long as he’s not shooting like this, I think we all know the sky is the limit.

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The trailer for NBA2K16, starring the University of Kentucky

The trailer for NBA2K16, starring the University of Kentucky

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The trailer for the new NBA2K16 debuted on Twitter today, and includes several familiar virtual faces. I counted at least five former Kentucky players in the two and a half minute long video: Anthony Davis, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, Rajon Rondo, and DeMarcus Cousins. Predictably, Davis gets the most airtime of those five, and maybe as most as any player in the whole trailer.

Check it out for yourself:

NBA 2K16 will go on sale September 29th for XBox One, XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and PC. Video games have become so lifelike it’s creepy. What happened to the good old days of Zelda and Kings Quest?