Wednesday was a tough day. Big Blue Nation lost a legend with the passing of Jared Lorenzen at 38 years young. I still can’t believe these words as I type them. Our good buddy lost a battle with cardiac and renal issues sometime Wednesday afternoon, six days after checking into a hospital in Northern Kentucky. Jared’s many fans and friends and former teammates, and even some former rivals, are crushed, absolutely devastated, by the loss of a such a special human being. The big fella was so fun to watch on the field and even more fun to be around, and it is a tragedy that his fun-loving life was cut short.
We will continue to remember Jared throughout the day with more stories and highlights from his extraordinary life and football career.
But first, some news of other things that don’t seem all that important right now:
— Tyler Herro had a strong showing in his second NBA summer league game on Wednesday. Herro scored 20 points in the Heat’s final game of the three-game slate in the California Classic out in Sacramento. The former Wildcat averaged 19 points in his two appearances, tying another former Wildcat, Wenyen Gabriel, for the second-best average in the four-team event.
Check out Herro’s highlights from the 20-piece:
— Wenyen Gabriel did more than scoring in his first two games of his second summer; he was also the top rebounder in the California Classic with 17 rebounds in two games. If he can keep playing that way through the Las Vegas summer league, Gabriel may just land a full roster spot with the Kings this fall.
— Kentucky’s other summer leaguer, Keldon Johnson, is already impressing his new teammates. Spurs’ forward Thomas Robinson said of Johnson, “He’s baby Russ, that’s what I call him,” and, “I definitely see the makings of a superstar in him.”
— The Las Vegas summer league (the big one) starts tomorrow with thirteen former Wildcats on summer league rosters:
Tyler Herro, Miami Heat
Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornets
Reid Travis, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Knox, New York Knicks
Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder
Jarred Vanderbilt, Denver Nuggets
Isaac Humphries, Los Angeles Clippers
Wenyen Gabriel, Sacramento Kings
Skal Labissiere, Portland Trail Blazers
Derek Willis, Phoenix Suns
Mychal Mulder, Chicago Bulls
Aaron Harrison, Boston Celtics
PJ Washington will not play due to soreness in his left foot, his new head coach said yesterday. Good luck to everyone else.
— Almost all of the pieces have fallen into place in NBA free agency, yet DeMarcus Cousins still doesn’t have a team. Cousins’ options are very limited, per reports, but the latest rumor is he has been in contact with the San Antonio Spurs. Can you get behind Boogie in San Antonio with Keldon Johnson?
— Today’s KSR radio show will be a “Best Of” edition. No new episode of your favorite radio show this morning due to the holiday. We will instead re-air the Monday morning show following Kentucky’s streak-snapping win at Florida last football season.
— I’ll leave you with this heartbreaking clip of Jared from an interview with WKYT in 2016. Thanks to Lee K. Howard for sharing it.
Listening to this interview from Jared Lorenzen in 2016 is heartbreaking. Please say a prayer for his family.
"Life's too short to cry about stuff. So get out there laugh, smile and have fun doing it." pic.twitter.com/82ZvKYtwZ1
— Lee K. Howard (@HowardWKYT) July 3, 2019
Now let’s all try to enjoy this 4th of July holiday and the long weekend for those who get tomorrow off too.
Jared would be pissed if we didn’t.