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Baron Davis’ Tuesday News and Views

We don’t often show love for UCLA Bruins, but this week’s Tuesday edition of the News and Views goes out to Baron Davis and the NBA career he’s soon to leave behind. Davis suffered a horrific knee injury in the third quarter of New York’s game 4 win over Miami that will most likely bring his 835-game career to a tragic end. On Monday, the Knicks announced it’s a partial tear of the patella tendon and complete tears of the MCL and ACL. That’s about as gruesome as a knee injury can be, with expected recovery and rehabilitation time of at least one year. The 34-year-old NBA veteran is expected to hang up his jersey and move on to life after basketball.

It’s a sad ending to the career that produced an afternoon’s worth of highlight videos on YouTube. Davis was one of the most athletic point guards to ever play the game, and there are numerous NBA big men who have been on the receiving end of one of his dunks who will back that up. I’ll never forget the 2007 NBA playoffs when Davis’ 25 points per game led the Warriors to an opening round upset over the top-seeded Mavs. It was the NBA’s first and only Cinderella story and nearly every basketball fan in the country jumped on the Golden State bandwagon that postseason. Davis played with so much heart and showed so much leadership in those games, as his team became the only 8-seed to win a 7-game playoff series. The Jazz would end up knocking the exhausted Warriors club out in the next round, but not before Andrei Kirilenko got his face on a Baron Davis poster

That dunk pretty much sums up Baron Davis’ entire career. He was so fun to watch when he was in his prime, and it’s a shame to see him leave the game on a career-ending injury.

Thanks for giving us a fun career to follow.

News and Views…

 I was going to focus most of my ramblings in tonight’s night post on that handful of embarrassing UK fans on Twitter, but I see Matt did a solid job of doing that in the post directly below this one. (I wasn’t planning on being so nice.) I’ll never understand how anyone can think it’s okay to talk trash to an 18-year-old kid on Twitter, simply because he chose to go to another school. I don’t mind if it’s in good sports fun — like joking about Shabazz playing at 3am on FSN or so-and-so giving up on the NBA by committing to Louisville — but wishing a kid tears his ACL is not only offensive, it’s disgusting. Not only that, these people are tagging the players in the tweets so they can actually read them. I noticed Alex Poythress responded to one of the idiots, telling him to respect Bennett and “stop saying that stuff.” Good for Alex. And shame on that guy who continued to do it after one of Kentucky’s own players asked him to stop. I just don’t get it. What an embarrassment to everyone else who has to be associated with these clowns. Let’s move before I start linking to their accounts…

 Monday was a pretty slow news day around these parts, and by pretty slow, I mean nothing happened. We should get used to these slower days throughout the summer months. I guess the biggest story from the day came from KSTV’s one-hour interview with Mitch Barnhart when the UK athletic director said he is confident there will be a “marquee” non-conference game in Rupp Arena next season. UK is taking some heat for dropping the Indiana and North Carolina games, so scheduling a top tier opponent could help silence those haters saying the Cats are afraid they’ll lose at home.

The interview with Barnhart will air in two parts, Thursday and Friday night on KSTV.

 Before Barnhart mentioned adding a marquee home game to Matt in the inteview, Calipari explained Kentucky’s scheduling in a post on his website. Cal said Kentucky hasn’t been a traditional team since he took over the job three years ago, so they will schedule in a nontraditional way. He said three things are considered when scheduling games:

1. Preparing the players for the postseason
2. The fans
3. Money

Calipari urged fans to join him in thinking nontraditionally and to ignore what everyone else is saying. “Do not listen to someone who has never coached or listen to media who are agenda driven for another program,” he said. “That includes fans from other programs. Don’t listen to those people and have them affect how we think, because they have no effect whatsoever on how I think. We’re in this together and we will always keep the Big Blue Nation’s thoughts in mind, but I have to protect this program and these players. We’re not traditional and we’ve got to think differently than everyone else.”

 We also posted a quote from Cal that came from his KSTV interview outside the Usher concert Barnstable Brown party. He told our own Matt Jones, “You know, they always say this: You have about as much of a chance to get drafted as getting hit by lightning… unless you go to Kentucky.” I hope the nation’s top recruits caught that episode of KSTV — and I’m sure they did.

 Enes Kanter’s first NBA playoffs appearance came to a disappointing end Monday when the Spurs swept the Jazz in the opening round. The former Kentucky Wildcat — yeah, the former Kentucky Wildcat — had 14 points and 16 rebounds in the series. Rajon Rondo, Jodie Meeks, Nazr Mohammed, and Eric Bledsoe are still alive.

 Fox 56 in Lexington ran a story on Ryan Lemond’s son Michael and his hero Eloy Vargas. You may remember young Michael’s story from the radio show or Larry Vaught’s website last week, but it has a new chapter after the two unlikely pals made a trip to the movies. Check out Fox’s video to see Eloy and Michael hanging out at the arcade and eating popcorn on their day out. It was a very cool thing for our boy Eloy to do.

That’ll do it for now. Come back tomorrow as we continue to chase Amile Jefferson and Julius Mays around in circles. See you then.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

31 Comments for Baron Davis’ Tuesday News and Views

  1. HeyItsShabazz
    12:10 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I hear that Ryan Lemond had to give Eloy a bunch of UK shirts to get him to hang out with his son.

  2. Cousins Fake Tooth
    12:27 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Tearing ACL was brought up pretty quick on the UL boards. I would imagine it was one of the many UL fans with UK twitter handles.

  3. WeShouldBeEmbarrassed
    1:04 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    These are the main guys making us look ridiculous on Anthony Bennett’s twitter.

  4. Donkey from Corbin
    1:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Two of the were troll U of L fans and another is a UT fan.. So I feel a little better no much though…

  5. Donkey from Corbin
    1:23 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry bad keyboard

  6. Ciggy
    3:39 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    so sad about the baron davis injury, always really liked watching that guy play.

  7. Jim
    5:24 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Part of the problem is that all of these high school kids have twitter accounts. Why? You are setting yourself up for negative criticism. Why don’t you just put your personal cell phone number or personal email address out there too. Sometimes you bring it on yourself – good and bad. Why do these kids think they are so hot that they must let everyone know what they are doing?

  8. Wow
    7:02 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Dang Ryan, those glasses are horrible!

  9. dumpryanlemond
    7:09 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, if you read this, PLEASE find another person to do the radio show. Ryan is terrible. Actually, he is beyond terrible, but I don’t have the words to properly capture that. I’m sure he is a nice dude, and all, but he has the personality of an old shoe. And he is always clueless about everything that is discussed, sports or non-sports. Surely, you can do better. Why don’t you do a radio casting call?

  10. The Realist
    7:27 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Remember when it was illegal to take your left arm to push the defender down and help lift you up so it appeared that you dunked on someone?

  11. cats
    7:38 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ok…Ok….so I hope he gets a severe case of the runs in a game next season then.

  12. James K
    7:39 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    If the tweets are public, someone should pick the worst ones and post them. Might embarrass the idiots that are doing it.

  13. bmt22033
    8:18 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    @12 – Anthony Bennett has re-tweeted the worst ones already. I doubt the people who are doing it care much, though.

    8:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink


  15. What?!?
    8:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Has drew ever watched nba? First and only cinderella story? Uhhh…what about dikembe’s nuggets? Or allen houston’s knicks that went to the finals as an 8?

  16. Lemondfan
    8:28 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I actually think Ryan is a nice compliment to Matt’s goofiness but for the love of Dan Issel, can we please stop talking about Eloy and Ryan’s son?

  17. Yitbos
    8:43 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    What’s an ‘escape goat’?

  18. DCS195
    8:44 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s amazing that one or two fools in this modern day instant communication age can completely tarnish the image and perception of hundreds of thousands of people, but it now happens. There should be some price to pay for their actions. Even with the right to free speech they should be allowed to remain anonymous. They should be required to face and take ownership of their own inane statements. Please publish their accounts.

  19. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:45 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    17-It’s a reference to a guy name Mark Hamilton who tweeted Daniel Orton after he declared for the draft. It was kind of a big deal then.

  20. DCS195
    8:46 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Should be “should not be allowed to remain anonymous.”

  21. pelphrey4life
    8:46 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I saw an interview with Davis a few years ago. The reported asked him about his most memorable moments from college. He said playing against UK in the NCAA tourney was his most vivid memory. He said that he remembered being really excited and nervous to play them because they had always been his dream school. He said he remembered being really upset when UK didn’t recruit him. I’ve liked him ever since.

  22. Here we go now
    8:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    They are faster than they look, but if you can catch it, please bring back.

  23. HibbsUKFan
    8:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I usually don’t comment on these thing but this is very immature on certain UK fans part i am a die hard UK fan and would never even have contact with a recruit let alone hope for a recruit to tear his ACL. We can get every recruit some will go else where that is how this works. Our team will be fine next year and we will make a nice run in the tournment and who knows might get hot and win the championship but damn certain UK fans need to grow up!! GO CATS!

  24. James K
    9:06 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Davis is a good dude. He’s been a little bit of an enigma, in terms of getting him motivated to play at a high level, but when he was at his best, he was one of the 10-12 best offensive players in the league, easily. Maybe even higher.

    This is the second major knee injury he’s had, and this latest one is one of the worst I’ve ever seen in a game. He tore his anterior cruciate, his medial cruciate, AND partially tore his patellar tendon. It takes a ton of force to damage the patellar tendon, because that’s a pretty common tendon used in autograft surgeries to repair the ACL.

    I say all this to say that it was serious shit. Shaun Livington is the only thing that I’ve seen that’s worse.

  25. bmack
    9:31 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    That story about Eloy and Ryan’s son was nice. Eloy seems like a good kid (and he graduated). Hope he has a successful career playing basketball somewhere. And to the UK/recruit twitter stalkers: just stop. Please.

  26. Carol
    10:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #15 “dikembe’s nuggets” LMAO

  27. bluefan
    10:39 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #7, Sorry, but do you live under a rock? Yes, they ALL have Twitter accounts. It’s a new world out there. Social media is here to stay.

  28. Jim
    10:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    @27, then they shouldn’t get upset when someone comments. Isn’t there a way to block a follower or remove them from being a follower? I don’t know, but when you open yourself up, that is exactly what you do. Coach Cal doesn’t always get nice responses on his Facebook account either.

  29. Dustin
    11:33 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Dobt forget Jorts. He’s still in playoffs too.

  30. Ed combs
    1:10 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Davis is one of the absolute worst human beings EVER!!!! Way to honor a totally self
    Absorbed ass who treats service workers and fans like dirt! Good job, maybe you can nominate him a humanitarian award!

  31. What?!?
    6:31 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hahaha I didn’t even realize it when I said it.