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Cats in the NBA
Former Kentucky Players in the NBA
By Drew Franklin on ©October 31st, 2014 @ 6:45pm
What, they didn’t have dinosaurs in Alabama? Watch Bledsoe sprint away from the fake dinosaur set up inside the Suns arena.
In his defense, that things looks pretty real.
Eric’s reaction was great, but Archie Goodwin’s is even better. See it below in the full version.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 30th, 2014 @ 3:00pm
Doron Lamb was waived by the Dallas Mavericks five days ago but he’s not giving up on his future in the NBA. Lamb is currently living in Lexington, working out with the UK coaching staff two and three times a day until the phone rings again.
“He will be ready for his next opportunity,” Coach Cal tweeted today. “Proud of him.”
If Lamb’s NBA dreams don’t pan out, he has a future in giving advice on Twitter. His most recent one looks like this:
Don't leave the one you love for the one you like because the one you like will leave you for the one they love
— Doron Lamb (@DLamb20) October 27, 2014
IT’S LIKE HE IS SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO ME.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 29th, 2014 @ 9:15pm
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Last night, Anthony Davis, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, and Julius Randle represented Kentucky on NBA’s opening night, and tonight, 16 former Cats will keep things rolling, including James Young and Nerlens Noel, who will make their NBA debuts.
Here’s the schedule, with all games on NBA League Pass or various regional sports channels:
7 p.m.: Milwaukee Bucks (Brandon Knight) vs. Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist)
7 p.m.: Philadelphia 76ers (Nerlens Noel) vs. Indiana Pacers
7:30 p.m.: Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics (Rajon Rondo, James Young)
7:30 p.m.: Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors (Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes)
7:30 p.m.: Washington Wizards (John Wall) vs. Miami Heat
8 p.m.: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Tayshaun Prince)
8 p.m.: Chicago Bulls (Nazr Mohammed) vs. New York Knicks
8 p.m.: Detroit Pistons (Jodie Meeks) vs. Denver Nuggets
9 p.m.: Houston Rockets (Terrence Jones) vs. Utah Jazz (Enes Kanter)
10 p.m.: Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle–out) vs. Phoenix Suns (Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin)
10 p.m.: Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings (DeMarcus Cousins)
According to Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan, Julius Randle’s surgery on his fractured right tibia this morning was successful, and although he’s expected to make a full recovery, Randle will not return this season.
All day, there has been an outpouring of support for Randle in the NBA community. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said the news broke his heart. “That broke my heart, it really did,” Rivers said. “I have a son in the NBA, and that was my first thought. Man, to have a rookie, your first game, and the team leaves that night to go on the road, and you’re just sitting in the hospital by yourself, honestly, that really tugged at me.”
Clippers star Chris Paul agreed. “You could tell he was sort of in shock, and for him to be as talented as he is, for your opening game of your NBA career, for that to happen, I hate it for him.”
We love you, Julius.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 29th, 2014 @ 11:30am
After Julius Randle fractured his tibia in his NBA debut last night, Twitter was buzzing with messages of support for the rookie. Former Lakers star James Worthy also tweeted about Randle’s injury, which is very similar to one he suffered during his rookie season. Worthy broke his leg when he landed improperly after trying to tap in a missed shot against the Phoenix Suns on April 10, 1983, but he rehabbed in time to start the 1983-1984 season.
— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) October 29, 2014
From there, Worthy went on to become a seven-time NBA All-Star, a three-time NBA champion, and the 1988 NBA Finals MVP.
You got this, Julius.
According to RealGM’s Shams Charania, Julius Randle will have surgery this morning to repair his fractured right tibia. The Lakers are expected to release an official update later today.
While Randle was being tended to on the court, Kobe Bryant came over to comfort the rookie. “I just told him, ‘Keep your spirits up,'” Kobe told reporters afterwards. “We’ll help him through this. He’ll come back a better basketball player. That’s the goal, is to try to find the silver lining.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 29th, 2014 @ 10:45am
In case you missed it late last night, Julius Randle broke his right leg in his NBA debut. The news is just awful, as are the pictures of Julius being taken off the court on a stretcher and his mother crying by his side. The Lakers are expected to release an update later today, but for now, all we know is Julius suffered a fractured tibia.
Many of us woke up to the horrible news, including John Calipari, who tweeted that he feels “absolutely sick” over it.
“Feel absolutely sick for Julius Randle, but I know he’s going to come back from this better than ever. I’m praying for you, kid. Hang in there.”
Many of Julius’ former teammates tweeted their support as well:
Waking up seeing the things about Julius. We're all praying for you bro @J30_RANDLE
— Alex Poythress (@AlexTheGreat22) October 29, 2014
Praying for my brother @J30_RANDLE I know he's going to come back better then ever hardest worker I've been around love you bro
— Dakari Johnson (@SafariDakari44) October 29, 2014
Prayers up for my brother @J30_RANDLE. If anybody can bounce back, it's him.
— Tod Lanter (@tod_lanterIII) October 29, 2014
By Drew Franklin on ©October 29th, 2014 @ 1:37am
Some late breaking news from Los Angeles, where Julius Randle was escorted out of the Staples Center on a stretcher in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut. TNT called it a broken leg on the broadcast, suffered on this drive to the basket:
Kobe Bryant and Carlos Boozer, two of Randle’s mentors in L.A., were visibly shaken as they attempted to keep Randle calm and help load him onto the stretcher. The former Cat was grimacing in pain as trainers put his leg in an air cast and wheeled him off the court.
The Lakers should have an update some time on Wednesday, but it’s not looking good right now.
Earlier tonight, Charles Barkley said Anthony Davis is the next superstar in the NBA behind LeBron and Kevin Durant, and plays like this are why.
The Pelicans are playing the Magic right now, and Julius Randle and the Lakers will play Terrence Jones’ Rockets at 10:30 p.m. on TNT.
After a promising end to his preseason, Julius Randle will make his official NBA debut tonight with the Los Angeles Lakers. The potential NBA Rookie of the Year is expected to get big time minutes for the Lake Show in the regular season opener against the Rockets. That means Randle will see a lot of fellow former Wildcat Terrence Jones, plus the opportunity to cram on Dwight Howard. (Prediction: He will.)
To get you ready for the beginning of Randle’s career at the next level, I highly recommend you take a second to read this piece from the Los Angeles Daily News on his relationship with his mother and other important mentors in his life back in Texas. It’s a reminder that he’s more than just a basketball star; he’s a fine young man, too.
Randle and Kobe tip off with Houston at 10:30 pm ET tonight on TNT. It’s a late one, but worth staying up to watch.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 28th, 2014 @ 12:30pm
Some unfortunate news from the NBA: according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have waived Marquis Teague. Teague was traded to Philly on Friday. Rosters for opening day have to be set by 5 p.m. today, so the future doesn’t look too great for the former UK point guard.
Where does Teague rank on the list of players who really could have benefitted from another year in college?
By Caleb Epley on ©October 26th, 2014 @ 2:45pm
The Charlotte Observer ran a great piece about the maturation of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist this weekend. While he hasn’t necessarily been a disappointment, some expected more out of the #2 draft pick’s first two seasons in the league. Regardless, Kidd-Gilchrist has put in work this off season, which can be seen in his jump shot:
That work is most reflected in an improved jump shot. Kidd-Gilchrist, a forward, made an 18-footer to start Thursday’s exhibition against the Indiana Pacers. That forced the Pacers to guard him more tightly, opening driving lanes. He hit his next three shots, all on drives, because of how Indiana’s defense changed.
After gaining some much-needed playoff experience last season, Michael is beginning to assume a leadership role for the Hornets. It’s a tall task for a 21-year old, but with two years of NBA experience under his belt, Gilchrist is due for a breakout season. We’re looking forward to watching.
According to Adrian with the last name over at Yahoo, the Philly Sixers are interested in former Kentucky point guard Marquis “Mookie” Teague. Teague saw limited time for the Brooklyn Nets this preseason and could use a fresh opportunity to prove himself. Philadelphia would be great because Philadelphia can use any help it can get.
Make this happen.