We all got dreams and we all start reaching, all start peaking, all-star weekend… One hotel room that all ya’ll sleep in, housekeeper knock to see if all ya’ll decent…
1. NBA All-Star Weekend begins today.
It’s a big couch weekend for NBA fans as All-Star Weekend kicks off today. Nine ex-Wildcats will participate in some form, beginning with Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray and Karl-Anthony Towns in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (First-Year/Second-Year game).
Here’s a complete schedule of where/how you can find your favorite former Wildcats in New Orleans:
Friday, Feb. 17
BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (9 p.m. ET | TNT) – Booker, Lyles, Murray, Towns
Saturday, Feb. 18
NBA D-League All-Star Game (2:30 p.m. ET | NBA TV) – Johnson, Poythress
Taco Bell Skills Challenge (8 p.m. ET | TNT) – Booker, Cousins, Davis, Wall
Sunday, Feb. 19
NBA All-Star Game (8 p.m. ET | TNT) – Cousins, Davis, Wall
I love that half the field in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge are UK guys, although you and I both know I could take down anyone in a real Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
2. We will hear from John Calipari later this afternoon.
Coach Cal and a couple of his players will hold a pre-Georgia press conference around 2ish before the team takes off for Athens. As always, we will carry everything live via a video stream here on the internet with plenty of conversation about their comments to follow.
So check back later today for lots of basketball talk ahead of tomorrow’s tough road game.
3. It’s really hard to believe the SEC Tournament is three weeks away.
It’s actually less than three weeks if you like the non-Kentucky games, and you should.
Do you have the fever yet? Can you feel it? SEC Basketball Fever will soon be airborne and it’s contagious and you’re all going to catch it. Brace yourselves.
4. The second installment of our series of profiles on the basketball signees is up.
In case you missed it, my story on Nick Richards went up last night and can be found just south of what you’re reading right now on your computer screen. Tonight I will share more from that trip (the fun stuff) and then we’ll have more to come from Quade Green, PJ Washington and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander over the course of the next few weeks. In the meantime, read the Richards story that was almost impossible to write and check out Jack Pilgrim’s story on Jarred Vanderbilt here.
5. In today’s University of Louisville Scandal News…
Former UofL President/Scumbag James Ramsey secretly promised Tom Jurich an additional $6 million in incentives via the university’s nonprofit foundation back in 2014. The story from WDRB says, “There is no evidence that the athletics association board, nor the board of the foundation, approved the deal.” We’re talking about completely under the table, back alley handshake stuff here.
WHEN DOES IT END!
6. Trae Young will disappear at Oklahoma.
I’ll go ahead and go on record as saying what most of you are probably thinking: Trae Young going to Oklahoma means we will never hear a peep out of Trae Young again. Selfishly, as UK fans, that’s good. Because if he had gone to Kansas, he would’ve been a big addition to the Jayhawks and improved that team and all that. But now that he’s sticking around Norman, he’ll likely fall off the college basketball radar. Good luck to him, though. I won’t sit here and pretend like I didn’t want him at Kentucky when that was still a possibility. He’s a good player.
7. Why aren’t you following the new KSR Instagram page?
You need to be doing that. It’s hot in the streets right now.
8. Let’s play “Guess The Line!”
Later today we’ll know the spread for Georgia-Kentucky when Vegas releases it into the gambling wild, but let’s toss our guesses out there now to see who can hit it.
I’ll say… Cats -7.
9. The new Country Boy Brewery and Taproom opens in Georgetown today.
Big thanks to the guys and gals at Country Boy Brewing for having me out to the soft opening of the new facility in Georgetown last night. I got to tour the new brewery, which is massive, and have a couple beers in the new taproom, which were delicious, and you should do the same tonight or tomorrow or Sunday or whenever. It’s a really cool spot and the expansion only means Country Boy is getting closer and closer to taking over the beer world, or maybe the whole world. I’m completely okay with either.
10. You’re stuck with me.
With Tyler and Nick on the road for various KSR assignments today and tomorrow, I’ve been left behind to hold down the KSR fort. That means I’m responsible for every single post from now until Sunday, so bear with me as I power through these next couple of days and nights. We’ll probably have to get off-topic from time to time or I’ll run out of things to say… I’m open to all suggestions and requests if you have any. Perhaps a Rising Stars game live blog? Taco Bell Chicken Chalupa review? My gambling picks since I’m on the hottest heater of all time? Lots of possibilities outside of the regular news stuff.
But for now, I need more coffee.