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DeMarcus Cousins is going to the All-Star game

DeMarcus Cousins is going to the All-Star game


What a day for DeMarcus Cousins. First he broke the internet with his call-out of Clay Travis. Now he’s an NBA All-Star.

Boogie will replace the injured Kobe Bryant for the West squad in New York City.



Clay Travis finally apologizes to Boogie

Now, can we stop giving this guy attention?

Boogie wants you to show Clay Travis some love

Today's the day!! Let's all show him some love!! @ClayTravisBGID

A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on


UPDATE: Clay Travis has responded in a surprisingly impressive manner, pledging $5,000 to Demarcus’ charity of choice:

That may be the only decent thing he’s ever done.

Clay Travis was just a bit off with his DeMarcus Cousins prediction

Note the date on that tweet: 1/30/10

Five years ago, today.

Arrests: 0



DeMarcus Cousins isn’t going to be an All-Star

Throughout the evening, ESPN’s Marc Stein has been leaking out which players will be named NBA All-Star reserves. Unfortunately, Stein says it appears that DeMarcus Cousins didn’t make the cut:

UPDATE: It’s official: Demarcus is NOT an All-Star. Despite being 5th in the league in points per game, 3rd in rebounds per game, and 4th in double-doubles. Total BS.

Anthony Davis helped to the locker room with a leg injury



*** UPDATE ***

He walked back out and checked in the game minutes later.

As you were.

Nerlens Noel will play in the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend


Congrats to Nerlens Noel, who has been selected to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on February 13 as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. So far this season, Noel is averaging 8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. It will air at 9 p.m. on TNT.

Last Thursday, John Wall and Anthony Davis were named All-Star Game starters, and DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Knight still have a chance at making the reserves, which will be announced tomorrow night. John Wall will also face off against Stephen Curry in a game of H-O-R-S-E on February 14. That means you’ll be able to watch former Cats play Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night of All-Star Weekend.

Keep making us proud, boys.

EKU bar fight victim threw beer bottles at Nerlens Noel’s car in 2013

EKU bar fight victim threw beer bottles at Nerlens Noel’s car in 2013



By now, you probably know that EKU lineman Colton Scurry was hospitalized over the weekend with major facial injuries after an alleged brawl with UK football players Drew Barker, Dorian Baker, and Tymere Dubose. No arrests have been made, nor any official details released, but the rumor mill is churning, with both sides pointing fingers at the other over who started it.

Two witnesses who said they came to the bar with the UK players told The Courier-Journal that Scurry instigated the fight, while the girlfriend of the bar’s bouncer told LEX18 that Barker, Baker, and Dubose jumped Scurry, breaking a bottle over his face. Scurry locked down his Twitter account yesterday, but this screencap of a tweet he sent nearly two years ago is making the rounds. Scurry tweeted that he threw beer bottles at Nerlens Noel’s car back in June 2013. That may suggest that Scurry has a history of antagonizing UK players, or it may suggest he was just a dumb kid doing dumb kid things. Regardless, this is a really unfortunate story and I’m incredibly disappointed UK players are involved.

The Top UK Players In the NBA, Week 13

With all these Tuesday night games it’s been a while since we checked in with our former Cats around the association. Time to remedy that. Tonight’s post couldn’t just honor five guys, we had to turn it up to seven. Here are the top UK players in the NBA for Week 13:

7. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

MKG continues to make an impact in the month of January. The Hornets are 9-3 with the Kidd averaging 10.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. After being an afterthought for much of the start of the season the Hornets have now slid into the 8th seed of the Eastern standings. MKG’s return from injury is the biggest factor in that.

6. Enes Kanter

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Enes has struggled to find consistency during his short NBA career but this past week he turned in four solid performances for the Jazz. Thus, the big Turk is making his first appearance of the season on the former Cats in the NBA list. Kanter poured in 24 & 17 against the Cavs and then followed up with 23 and 16 against the Bucks. At only 22, Kanter’s game should continue to develop and reach the potential worthy of the number 3 pick.

5. Brandon Knight

I can’t make the case for BK as an All-Star any better than Marc Stein did in his weekly NBA power rankings:

Brandon Knight is generating zero All-Star buzz. Even in the East. But maybe he should be: Knight is one of only eight players averaging 18+ PPG, 5+ APG and 2+ RPG; four of the other seven are All-Star starters … with James Harden, Damian Lillard and Russ Westbrook all likely All-Star reserves.

That’s some elite company. Coaches’ votes for the all-star reserves were due today at noon and hopefully Knight will get his name called next Thursday.

4. DeMarcus Cousins

Consensus around the talking heads of the world wide interwebs seems to be that Cousins will not be named a reserve for the all-star game this season. It would a real shame as the NBA’s best true Center is having  stellar year. Big Cuz is averaging 24.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.9 steals during the new year but the Kings have been sliding into the Western abyss. Sacramento has lost six in a row and will probably start looking at which player they will pick up in the lottery.

3. Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe continues to earn that big contract he signed in the offseason by helping the Suns cling to the 8th seed in the Western conference. For January Bledsoe has averaged 17.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. The amount of talent on that 2010 team was ridiculous.

2. John Wall

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After being named a starter for the Eastern All-Stars,  Wall posted two more double-doubles to push his season total to 24. The Wizards are taking on the Lakers tonight but Wall is likely to miss his first game of the season. The star point guard is dealing with a sore Achilles and the Lakers are awful, get the man some rest before the All-Star game.

1. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is a freak of nature. He’s averaging 25.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 2015 while still posting an amazing PER of 31.91. The newly minted All-Star should rack up a few MVP votes if he continues at this pace.


Still can’t get over these Anthony Davis highlights

As posted in the News and Views post last night, Anthony Davis had a pretty good game against Philly. In just 31 minutes, Davis tallied 32 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. He also went 12 of 19 from the pant and hit all eight from the line.

Sounds pretty good on paper, right? Well, its even more exciting when you watch the over six minutes of highlights he racked up. Here is a look at the actual highlights from the matchup.



John Wall to face Steph Curry in H-O-R-S-E at NBA All-Star Weekend

The NBA announced a new All-Star weekend competition today, pitting John Wall and Steph Curry against one another in a game of H-O-R-S-E. The All-Star game’s two starting point guards will go shot-for-shot in what they’re calling the ‘Degree Battle of the Game Changers.’

“Curry is having a phenomenal season, and is a great shooter, but there’s more to being a ‘Game Changer’ than throwing up three pointers,” John Wall said in today’s press release. “My skills reign supreme, not only in the east, but across the league and I’m looking forward to seeing what Curry brings to the court.”

For Wall, the entire competition will come down to whether or not dunks are allowed. If it’s just throwing up halfcourt shots, Curry wins this one easily. However, I’m sure the NBA kept that in mind when establishing the rules so Wall should be allowed to utilize his athleticism.

This has potential.

Further proof that Anthony Davis isn’t human

Davis slammed in this impossible lob, somehow.

He’s not real.

John Wall and Anthony Davis named starters for the NBA All-Star Game

John Wall and Anthony Davis named starters for the NBA All-Star Game

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Congratulations to Anthony Davis and John Wall, who have been named starters for the NBA All-Star game. Davis and Wall earned the third and sixth most votes, respectively:


Don’t worry, there’s still a chance DeMarcus Cousins or Rajon Rondo will make the squads. Reserves will be announced next Thursday night, January 29th, on TNT. The All-Star game will be held February 15 in New York City.

Cousins finished seventh in the Western Conference Frontcourt voting, with 465,334 total votes, while Rondo finished eighth in the Western Conference guard voting, with 219,506 votes.