Good morning, dear friends of KSR!
It’s yet another gorgeous day outside the KSR imaginary office with tons of stuff ahead to be excited about. I’ll catch you up to speed on everything you need to know before we lace up our tennies and carpe this diem at full speed.
The NBA Combine begins in Chicago.
Kentucky has four NBA hopefuls at this year’s combine: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington.
You can follow their professional tryout today on ESPN2 beginning at 3 p.m. and concluding at 7 p.m. The schedule is the same for Friday.
Maria Taylor will host the two-day coverage, and will be joined by Jay Bilas, Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA Draft experts Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony, and front office expert Bobby Marks.
Viewers will be treated to interviews with NBA coaches and general managers in attendance, one-on-one interviews with draft prospects, free agency news and updates, and player breakdowns and mock drafts.
The KSR Food Bracket will be voted down to the Elite Eight on today’s show.
This year’s KSR Food Bracket gave us two hilarious days of radio on Tuesday and Wednesday, so the gang will keep it going today as they trim the field to eight restaurants. Tune in to hear which of the remaining restaurants will live to see another day.
Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive passed away.
The man who took the Southeastern Conference to the top died Wednesday after a long battle with prostate cancer. Slive, 77, held the position of “commish” for 13 years before his retirement in 2015. UK head coach John Calipari took the news especially hard. Calipari considered Slive a mentor and had written a post on his website about Slive shortly before Slive’s passing. You can read that here.
Vernon Carey Jr. named his five finalists — Kentucky included.
Five-star big man Vernon Carey Jr. will only consider five schools throughout the remainder of his recruitment, he announced Wednesday. Kentucky made the cut, along with Duke (once the heavy favorite), Michigan State, Miami and North Carolina.
Carey is the No. 2 player in the class behind James Wiseman, another top UK target. John Calipari is selling them on the opportunity to play side by side in Lexington.
Former UK wide receiver Alex Montgomery is one hell of a bowler.
Montgomery joined Team KSR as our rotating fourth player in the KSR Bowling League last night and he guided us to our first win of the season. He told me his career-high is a 274 and that he got so good by playing with fellow former Wildcats Stephen Johnson and Nick Haynes, who are also very good. They made weekly trips to the bowling alley while at UK together.
Montgomery also provided individual instruction that turned me into a real threat. With his coaching, I turned a 69 total score in Game 1 into a 144 in Game 2. (Never mind the fact we ordered a bucket of beer between games, although that probably played a little bit of a factor, too.)
I could also tell you we needed Lee Cruse to get four pins (FOUR!) in the final frame to win the third game, and he rolled two gutter balls, but I won’t embarrass him.
Rick Pitino might be a psychopath.
Pitino did his last radio interview yesterday, for the fourth time, and babbled on like a crazy person to our friend Mike Rutherford and our not-friend John Ramsey. If you missed it, give it a listen here and then try to think back to happier times, like when he was “A Man Possessed” on the cover of Sports Illustrated.