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By Drew Franklin on ©October 02nd, 2015 @ 3:45pm
Willie Cauley-Stein needed a brief nap in the van at Kings training camp in San Diego. DeMarcus Cousins, being the veteran, was quick to snap a photo and put him on SnapChat blast.
And before you ask… Yes, that is Marshall Henderson in the background. I still don’t know how I feel about him being on my Kings.
Wake up, Trill!
By Nick Roush on ©September 30th, 2015 @ 11:00pm
Randall Cobb is on a roll. After his explosive Monday Night Football performance, he starred in Fox Sports’ new digital mini- series , “The Maestro.”
Levi Maestro is a documentary maker, taking his talents into the sports world to go behind the scenes. He traveled to Maryland in the offseason to watch Cobb workout. It wasn’t all business — they also went crabbing. Yes crabbing.
Be careful around those pinchers Randall. Those hands are your moneymaker (not those golden eyes, contrary to popular belief…I’m looking at you Mrs. T).
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 28th, 2015 @ 10:20pm
Today was Media Day for the majority of NBA teams, and because there are Cats all over the league, I thought it would be good to check in and see how they’re doing. Or, at the very least, see if their selfie form has improved in the past few months.
Let’s start in Phoenix, aka Lexington Southwest. Ladies, it looks like Devin Booker is still rocking the Twitter mirror:
Archie’s still saying “Brrrr”:
Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe:
Here’s John Wall in Washington:
Karl Towns gave “The Wolfpack,” aka Timberwolves fans, a shoutout:
In true Karl fashion, he joked he was retiring when he took the podium to speak to reporters.
Anthony Davis got photobombed by Eric Gordon:
By Nick Roush on ©September 28th, 2015 @ 10:00pm
Today is the NBA’s league-wide media day. Anthony Davis, John Wall, or DeMarcus Cousins could (and probably should) be making KSR headlines, but not tonight. That is reserved for our favorite jean-short wearing Wildcat.
The Washington Post handed out awards to summarize their media day coverage. At the top of the list – Worst Nickname. In the process of explaining why he’s known by most as Jorts, Josh Harrellson gave KSR a shout-out.
“Matt Jones, he’s a writer for Kentucky Sports Radio, he saw me, got a picture and then put it on his website,” Harrellson, who wears number 55, said. “Everybody started calling me jorts. And it just kind of stuck with me. Now, I just kind of accept it now. It’s never gotten me endorsements. I tried to get some Levi or something, but it didn’t work out. But you know, I’ve actually sold jorts with my logo on them, for a little bit. But I just kind of got out of that. You know, it’s definitely carried a name. When I got back to Kentucky, sometimes people don’t even call me Josh, they just call me Jorts.”
Yes, KSR is in The Washington Post, arguably the nation’s most important newspaper behind The New York Times. Yeah, we’re kind of a big deal #HumbleBrag.
We’ll have more from NBA Media Days shortly.
It looks like Andrew Harrison will start his professional playing career with the Iowa Energy. According to Chris Herrington of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Harrison is expected to sign with the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, this season.
Andrew was not included in the Grizzlies’ training camp roster released this morning; however, they will retain his rights, which means he has a good chance to make next year’s roster since the Grizzlies only have five players currently under contract for the 2016-2017 season.
By Matt Jones on ©September 27th, 2015 @ 9:46pm
The saga of Daniel Orton continues to be troubled. This news today from Sportando.com, a site that follows European Basketball:
Per SDNA, AEK Athens have called Orton to apologize since they are very troubled with his behaviour. Orton,in the halftime of the game between AEK and the Skyliners,was laughing in the locker rooms. Sakota admonished him and when he left the locker rooms, Orton was out of control and started to smash things. Assistant coach Angelos Koronios tried to calm him down but Orton pushed him back. What is more,the 25-year-old center in the past, had missed unreasonably a training and had abandoned a team dinner.
I wish Daniel the best. Things haven’t gone well for him for quite some time.
In a familiar story, John Wall gave away a lot of money this weekend to help needy children in the DC area.
Wall made a $400,000 contribution this Friday to Bright Beginnings, a group that supports kids who are living in crisis shelters and transitional housing. His donation will help the program open a brand new facility in 2017 – which will include a “Wall of Achievement” (designed to highlight the accomplishments of kids in the program) and will also have a classroom with Wall’s name.
Here are some photos of Wall visiting the charity:
— Bright Beginnings (@sunnystarts) September 25, 2015
The spirit of giving is nothing new for Wall; he donated $1 million to several DC charities after signing his contract extension in 2013. It’s always great to see a former Cat using his position to support a greater good.
Somewhere out there, Colin Cowherd is ignoring this.
After we told you yesterday that Dakari will start his season in Oklahoma City’s D-League program, NBC Sports confirmed that he will not start his season with the Thunder.
It isn’t much new news, except when you consider his contract. It was originally believed that he would be earning the NBA league minimum, but it now appears he will only be making the D-League salary. The Thunder will retain rights to Dakari. NBC’s Dan Feldman believes he is taking this deal because the Thunder promised an even better one for next season.
Whatever the case may be, good luck in Oklahoma, Dakari.
Adrian Wojnarowksi — yeah, that guy who always spoils the NBA Draft — wrote a fantastic piece on Julius Randle’s road to recovery in Los Angeles and two mentors guiding him along the way. The first is Kobe Bryant, Randle’s idol growing up in Texas. The other is the unlikely mentor: Metta World Peace.
Bryant and World Peace have been by Randle’s side throughout his journey back from the fractured leg that took away his rookie season. He’s taking in all he can from the two veterans because he knows one day the Lakers franchise will be his, and they will be long gone.
“He’s a five-time champion and an MVP,” Randle said of Bryant. “I’m thinking to myself, “What’s my excuse?”
Take a second out of your morning to read about the former Wildcat’s relationship with his older teammates and how he will come back a better player because of them.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 23rd, 2015 @ 10:00pm
Trey Lyles held a Q&A session with his Twitter followers earlier today and one internet tough guy took the opportunity to troll Lyles, John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.
User @GriffenHenry asked, “What’s your favorite gift that you have acquired from Calipari during your recruitment?”
Lyles’ response was perfect:
The promise he made that he was going to challenge me everyday to be better and that I wold have to earn everything. https://t.co/4jSGrkooF2
— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) September 23, 2015
Ha! Got eeeeem!
But seriously, great answer, Trey.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 23rd, 2015 @ 6:15pm
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that Dakari Johnson will play in the NBA D-League this upcoming season. The former Kentucky Wildcat will likely spend his entire rookie campaign with Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s minor affiliate.
OKC Blue moved to Oklahoma City from Tulsa last summer, so at least Johnson can stay close to the Thunder organization. Most D-League teams are located in other cities, away from their NBA affiliate.
Marquis Teague is also a member of OKC Blue.
If you haven’t yet, you should make sure to wish Dakari Johnson the Happiest of Birthdays. Before you do, guess how old he is. Go ahead, take a guess. I tried and I couldn’t believe it either. Dakari is only 20 years old.
In Dakari’s two years at Kentucky he had big boards and diabolical dunks, all while being a teenager. It’s easy to forget these guys are just teenagers, until Dakari’s goofiness helps you remember.
Happy birthday, Dakari Johnson. Stay crazy. pic.twitter.com/WnLScwOhNI
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) September 23, 2015
Dakari celebrated his 20th with the woman responsible for making him the gentleman he is today, his Mother.
AD is in Lambeau to see ex-Wildcat Randall Cobb take on the Seahawks on NBC Sunday Night Football tonight. He was spotted taking in the sights and getting cheesy with the Green Bay faithful. Sporting the Cobb jersey and all, you know why he’s here.
BBN runs deep. Two of our favorites, too!
By Caleb Epley on ©September 20th, 2015 @ 12:57pm
In his return to Lexington last weekend for the UK vs. UNC alumni game, Anthony Davis received some of the loudest applause out of UK’s former players who were in attendance – and he didn’t even participate. This is something one can expect from the Most Outstanding Player of Kentucky’s first national title in 14 years, and a salute he will likely continue to receive for the rest of his career as he positions himself as the best player in the NBA.
Brett Dawson, in his new role of covering the New Orleans Pelicans, published this piece Saturday on Anthony and his quest to win an NBA Title. After establishing himself as the future of the NBA in his first three seasons, winning is the next goal for the 22-year-old:
“Winning kind of — I don’t want to say it defines greatness, but it’s, like, 80 percent of it,” Davis said. “At the end of the day, I want to win a ring — multiple rings — and I think that helps you if they do have a debate whether you’re great or not“
Davis, who has already has already collected a couple of rings with Kentucky and Team USA in 2012, hopes to complete the Triple Crown with the Pelicans. He’ll face a tall task the next couple of years in the loaded Western Conference, but at the rate he is improving and if New Orleans can develop a few more pieces around him, championships are certainly a worthy aspiration for Anthony.
Though New Orleans won’t become as prestigious as Kentucky any time soon, Davis certainly offers them a good start.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 17th, 2015 @ 11:15am
Devin Booker is back in Phoenix after a weekend with his former teammates in Lexington, and last night, threw out the first pitch in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ game. Check out Booker’s low slider for a strike:
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 17, 2015
From long range, did you expect anything else? However, it appears Booker wasn’t as successful catching the ball as he was throwing it. According to ArizonaSports.com, he failed to catch three pop-flies sent his way from the Diamondbacks mascot Baxter, which earned him some good-natured ribbing from teammate Eric Bledsoe:
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) September 17, 2015