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The Sixers are interested in Marquis Teague


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.

Plus, Nerlens.

Make this happen.

Sources: Sixers in talks to acquire Marquis Teague

Bledsoe made his defender look foolish

Bledsoe made his defender look foolish


The folks out in Phoenix love Eric Bledsoe and it’s because he does things like this. Watch as he sends the Clippers’ Jared Cunningham into the stands with a crossover.

Bledsoe had a night in Los Angeles against his old team. The former Cat hit his first three three-point attempts and had 14 points through the first quarter. He’s going to earn that max deal over the next five years.

As for Cunningham, it’d be a good idea to hide out for a little while.

Julius Mays stopped by practice today


…and posed for a picture with his old coach. Mays played basketball in Italy last season, but he doesn’t appear to be on Mobyt Ferrara’s current roster. Regardless, it’s so good to see Uncle Julius, I won’t even mention Calipari’s crazy hair.


Kobe Bryant thinks Julius Randle is a really big idiot if he “F’s this up”

Between Kobe and head coach Byron Scott, Julius Randle has some pretty solid leaders in Los Angeles mentoring him in the early stages of his young career. It’s a support group many rookies would like to have, and Kobe can’t imagine Randle having a bad first year with that kind of guidance. Last night, when asked about mentoring his rookie teammate, Kobe said, “It means he can’t f*** it up. If you f**** this up, you’re a really big idiot.”

Randle said, “I’m in the perfect situation, I can’t mess it up.”

It’s kind of bizarre to  hear Randle say “Kobe, Booze and Nash” when talking about his teammates. Seems like yesterday he was playing video games with Jon Hood and Dominique Hawkins and beating Louisville twice.

Daniel Orton is headed to China

It looks like Josh Harrellson will soon have a fellow former Cat join him in China. Yesterday, the Washington Wizards released Daniel Orton, who agreed to a $1 million-plus deal with Shanxi in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Shanxi is in the CBA’s Northern Division, while Jorts’ Chongqing is in the Southern Division.

Best of luck to Daniel. As Larry Orton would say, “he’s a good kiiiiiiid.”

5 Charts to Get You Ready For UK’s NBA Combine

5 Charts to Get You Ready For UK’s NBA Combine


On Friday, scouts from all 30 NBA teams will make their way to the Joe Craft Center in Lexington to watch your Kentucky Wildcats practice in the school’s first NBA Draft Combine, which is also the first of its kind in the sport. For two hours, 85 NBA scouts/personnel will watch the team go through individual and team drills, including speed, agility, leaping, and other physical tests, along with 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 action. The combine is just the latest brainchild of John Calipari, who continuously proves he is ahead of the curve when it comes to preparing his players for the pros.

The combine is also a great chance for the program to show off its stellar NBA tradition. UK currently has 22 players on NBA rosters, with a few others with the chance to join a roster before the season starts.


That’s right, this year, former UK players in the NBA will make almost $117 million, and their current contracts are worth over $450 million. Not to sound like Cal, but imagine what that number will be once Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Terrence Jones get their next contracts. Phew.

Right now, UK is tied with UCLA for the most draft picks in college basketball history with 112, but the Cats clearly have the momentum in the past five years:


Right now, more NBA teams include former UK players than those that don’t:


In the past five years under John Calipari, Kentucky has become especially dominant in getting players to the pros.


When you factor in the current 2015 NBA Draft projections from Draft Express, the gap widens even further…


No wonder the rest of college basketball hates us.

DeMarcus Cousins catches Nik Stauskas taking pictures of his money


Caught the rook @nikstauskas11 💪💪💪 😂😂😭😭

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Smdreads…what a rookie move.

…that I would totally do as well.

Keith Bogans waived by the Sixers

After being traded twice in two weeks, Keith Bogans was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last night. The move isn’t very surprising; Bogans was included in the trades because his two-year $5.3/$5.5 million contract wasn’t guaranteed. Here’s hoping the recent UK Athletics Hall of Famer finds another spot soon.

[SB Nation]

Nerlens Noel dancing with an older woman in Spain

Look at those moves on the former UK big man!

He’s currently playing James Young and Boston on NBATV if you’re interested.

Anthony Davis, Brandon Knight, John Wall, and Demarcus Cousins in NBA 2K15

Anthony Davis, Brandon Knight, John Wall, and Demarcus Cousins in NBA 2K15

With the release of NBA 2K15  tomorrow, we get a early look at what some of the players are going to look like, including some former Cats. We’ve already seen what Julius Randle will look like, but now we get a sneak peak of Davis, Knight, Wall, and Cousins.

2K’s attention to detail is truly unbelievable; at first glance, it really is difficult to tell if you are looking at the real thing or a video game. I’ll be getting the game at midnight, so be on the lookout tomorrow for screenshots of every former Cat.

Which player do you think looks the best?


(H/t @UKCoachCalipari

The Cats are back in town

(H/t @UKCoachCalipari

(H/t @UKCoachCalipari

Well. Close enough. Tonight the New Orleans Pelicans begin preseason NBA play against Miami Heat in Louisville (at the same time as Kentucky’s football game). Here are a few tweets about the homecoming:


Cal took the players to dinner last night and footed the bill. It seems like it was a nice relaxing time for them to not talk about basketball for once: 

….. I knew Cal couldn’t go an hour without talking about basketball



Miller gaves his prediction for this year’s basketball team:



Russ tried talking about loving not having class, then Davis interrupted:



Me too, Anthony, me too:



Goodman projects five NBA first-rounders from Kentucky


Is it that time already? I guess so. At least in Jeff Goodman’s mind.

The ESPN analyst released his first 2015 NBA Mock Draft today and he projects there to be five Kentucky Wildcats taken in the first round.

Up first is Karl Towns going second overall to the Milwaukee Bucks, one spot behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor to Philadelphia with the top pick. Does Philly really need another center?

Following Towns is Willie Cauley-Stein at No. 9 to join Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix, then Trey Lyles to the New York Knicks right after him at No. 10. Goodman writes, “Phil Jackson needs to accumulate some high basketball IQ guys in New York, and Lyles really knows how to play.”

Then he has Aaron Harrison up next, headed to Toronto to join Patrick Patterson with the Raptors at No. 18. Dakari Johnson is the fifth first-rounder, going 28th overall to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

That leaves Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and maybe more as second round picks if they decide to leave. I think UK could potentially see more than five in the first round when the picks are made next summer.

But let’s get that title first.

[ESPN: Jeff Goodman's mock draft 1.0]

MKG’s shooting form finally back to normal

Good news! After a two-year hiatus to crazy town, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shooting form is back to normal. Check out this video the Hornets posted on Instagram today. Now, compare it to these pictures of MKG’s form last season:

Looks like all that hard work this summer is paying off.

Noel excited to get back on court after 20 months


Photo by Chris Reynolds,

Photo by Chris Reynolds,

Nerlens Noel is ready to get back on the court and start his NBA journey after 20 months away from basketball, according to the 76ers. Yesterday at media day Noel shows his excitement and joy to be able to finally start playing compeitive basketball after being injuried against Florida. While the injury might have kept him off the court competiviely, Noel used his recovery time to step back and work on other things to help his game get better, such as basketball education/knowledge, his outside game and specifically his jump shot, which we didn’t see at all during his time at Kentucky.

“I bring the most on the defensive end of the floor. I’m able to affect passes as well as shots. I can also start fast breaks, getting the rebound and then quickly getting the ball to [Michael Carter-Williams] or Tony [Wroten]. At Kentucky, I didn’t shoot one jump shot, so it was important for me to get in the gym and start shooting jumpers and shooting them with confidence. This confidence will definitely translate into the season. When I get in a groove and start hitting two or three in a row I think it’s really going to take me some places.” 

While Noel expects to have a big role for the 76ers alongside center Henry Sims, he also has a big job off the court as well by helping new teammate Joel Embiid as he goes through a similar track Noel did in his rehabilitation after a foot surgery.

You can read his quotes about his struggles sitting on the bench for a year and how he plans to help Embiid learn lessons Noel wishes he would have learned sooner here.


Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today

Your favorite former Cats do NBA Media Day

We are one month away from the start of the NBA season and teams are getting ready by doing interviews and posing for pictures this week. Today on KSR we have some of the best images from NBA Media Days, featuring many familiar faces to Big Blue Nation. I think you’ll recognize these millionaires and wish some of them were still in Lexington wearing blue.


David Butler II/USA TODAY

“Young & Smart” – James Young and Marcus Smart model their new “We Are Young & Smart” t-shirts in Boston.

Elise Amendola/AP Photo

Injured Rondo - The former Kentucky guard models a new sling on his left hand, days after he underwent surgery to repair a metacarpal fracture. He is expected to miss six weeks.

Alejandro A. Alvarez/

Nerlens and his new friend, Joel Embiid – Embiid believes his fellow 7-footer will win the NBA Rookie of the Year.

AP Photo

The Real T. Jones - Terrence Jones looks ready to teach ‘em ’bout Kentucky in Houston.

CSN Wizards

Wall adds a veteran in Washington. – Paul Pierce said yesterday he believes the Wizards can reach the NBA Finals.

Burr – Archie Goodwin is ready for his second season with a new 10 lbs. of muscle he added over the summer.


Boogie Selfie – In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins took several selfies with teammates and reporters during Media Day. He needed help to frame up this shot.

Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today

Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today

Bledsoe’s Back – The 70 Million Dollar Man is back in Phoenix and ready to shine with the Suns.

Russ Isabella/USA Today

Russ Isabella/USA Today

The UnderKanter – Utah is working to re-sign Enes Kanter before the season begins.

Nazr Mohammed

Caylor Arnold/USA Today

Back for a 17th season. – Nazr Mohammed will play forever.

Crystal LoGiudice/USA Today

Crystal LoGiudice/USA Today

Superstar – Anthony Davis is ready to take over the NBA in 2014-15.