It was the ending everyone was talking about last night. The dagger through the heart that exorcised demons and left a city burning in grief.
Oh, you thought I was talking about Game of Thrones? Haha, oh no. Don’t even get me started on that. I’m talking about Kawhi Leonard’s incredible shot at the buzzer in Game 7 of Toronto vs. Philadelphia. I could watch this for hours and still not understand how it went in:
KAWHI CALLED SERIES! pic.twitter.com/V4AIuMULNO
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 13, 2019
How does this shot drop? pic.twitter.com/QJt2euCZFD
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) May 13, 2019
Sports, y’all. Almost always better than fiction. Definitely better than last night’s GoT. (Roush and TJ Walker have their hands full recapping that on today’s Kentucky Thrones Radio.)
On that note, let’s head in what could be another huge week. Here’s what’s happening.
I’m still digesting the Beilein to Cleveland news
In case you missed the post directly under this one, John Beilein is leaving Michigan to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. That in itself is a lot, but it also opens up the possibility of Rick Pitino becoming a candidate for the opening in Ann Arbor. Legend has it Pitino actually agreed to take the Michigan job back in 2001 until his wife talked him into going to Louisville instead. Will history correct itself this time around?
UK Softball gets home field advantage in the NCAA Tournament
Last night, Rachel Lawson’s crew drew the No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament and, for the fourth straight year, will host a regional. The Cats will take on Toledo Friday at 2:30 p.m. at John Cropp Stadium, right after the conclusion of Illinois vs. Virginia Tech. Each regional follows a double-elimination format with at least three wins required to get to the NCAA Super Regionals.
All-session tickets just went on sale here. Single-session tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, based on availability. If you can’t make it down to the ballpark, the games will be shown on ESPN3.
Jaden McDaniels watch continues
On Friday, Kentucky added another piece to next year’s puzzle in sharpshooting wing Johnny Juzang. Could Calipari pull another ace of out of his sleeve with five-star power forward Jaden McDaniels? On Friday, McDaniels’ trainer shot down a report that he would announce on Wednesday, the final day of the spring signing period, and although recruits can still commit after that, you have to think the end is near.
Right now, Kentucky has the momentum, with 85 percent of the predictions in McDaniels’ 247 Sports Crystal Ball, including picks from Evan Daniels, Jerry Meyer, and Andrew Slater:
That being said, Rivals’ Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader he’s sticking with his prediction of Washington but said it’s a back-and-forth battle. So, stay close to home or go to the school you’ve been dreaming of playing for since you were a kid?
McDaniels doesn’t seem like the type for a showy announcement, so we’ll keep our ears to the ground for any rumblings. Adding a top ten player like him to the mix would be absolutely huge, and further proof that Cal’s still got this.
The NBA Draft Combine starts tomorrow
Tomorrow is the NBA Draft Lottery and the start of the Combine in Chicago, so it’s a big week for PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson. What about EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards, and potential grad transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr.? None received Combine invites but can continue to work out for teams until May 29, the deadline to withdraw.
Calipari’s still galavanting around Italy
John Calipari’s grand Italian tour continues today in Rome, where he and Ellen are taking in the sights:
Ellen and I are playing tourists again today in Rome. First stop was the Pantheon. pic.twitter.com/4Uq9VNJ0dT
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 13, 2019
Quick stop at Castel Sant'Angelo before heading to Vatican City. pic.twitter.com/2NritfMIRn
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 13, 2019
Speaking of galavanting…
Put Greece on your bucket list
After a weekend to recover, I’m feeling more like myself after a ten-day trip to Greece with my husband and pals. It goes without saying, but if you ever have the chance to take a vacation like that, do it. Sadly, I didn’t run into Rick Pitino, but I did drive a dune buggy around Santorini and Paros, hike six miles from Firostefani to Oia, eat all of the feta, drink all of the wine, and make memories that will last a lifetime. You can see more of my adventures on Instagram:
If you need me, I’ll be working out for a month. So. Much. Bread.
KSR Dog of the Day
Meet Blue, who came home with her new owners the day the Cats beat the Gators in the Swamp:
You’re our girl, Blue!
KSR in one hour
The gang’s all back together. Can you believe we’re only one week from Ryan’s Putt for Prison?