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Basketball Movie Stars Want Friday Night Notes

(Hand check…)

Two of the main characters in my two favorite basketball movies of all time share a birthday today: Omar Epps and Ray Allen. Epps is celebrating his 39th birthday and Ray Allen is celebrating his 37th (for some reason I pegged him as a lot older than that) birthday. Epps starred in a movie, Love & Basketball, that incorporated three of my favorite things: the game of basketball, a seemingly deeper chick flick level of romance, and the song “This Woman’s Work.” Some folks wanted a love like Johnny and June. Well I wanted a love like Quincy Big Head and Monica.

Ray Allen on the other hand played the role of a prized recruit in the much edgier basketball movie He Got Game. Thanks to that movie I still shout “Jesus Shuttleworth!” every time Ray Allen drains a three pointer. Also thanks to that movie, I would wager that at least a few thousand people tried to google search Big State at some point. Don’t lie, you know you did too. The movie also featured bit roles by Walter McCarty (I think he wants you to follow him on Twitter) and Rick Pitino. I refrained from making a joke about how he was only on screen for about 15 seconds…

 

And now on to some notes from the day that was…

– The buzz this week has centered squarely around the Peach Jam AAU tournament in Augusta, Georgia. We are beginning to sound like a broken record around here with this statement, but all that anyone can seem to talk about is Andrew Wiggins. The praise is constant and it’s coming from all directions. Tonight Wiggins suited up in what became the showcase game of the evening, featuring a match-up between he and another Kentucky recruit– Julius Randle. The two put on a show for the massive crowd that poured into the gym to catch a glimpse of two of the biggest stars in the high school circuit. According to those in attendance, Wiggins drew the defensive assignment of Randle from the start and held him in check early. The final numbers for both players were impressive though, with Wiggins posting 28 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Randle finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Twitter world has been enamored with Wiggins all afternoon and evening. Here’s just a sampling:

– In related news, I just finished by Christmas List

1) Andrew Wiggins

2) Derek Anderson to join Calipari’s staff in some capacity

3) Andrew Wiggins

4) Love & Basketball on Blu-Ray

Another Kentucky target, 2014 point guard Tyus Jones, dropped 31 points and 10 assists in the evening session tonight. Tyus has been on fire during the Peach Jam this weekend, racking up a 24 ppg scoring average heading into the late session tonight.

– I’m not exactly sure what to expect when it comes to football game attendance by the fans in the fall. First it was the stories flooding in from some long-time season ticket holders about forgoing their renewal heading into the season. Then the rumors began to sprout about people formerly on a long waiting list for parking passes being offered those passes. Today we mentioned two more tidbits about football tickets that will hopefully help encourage and increase the attendance at Commonwealth for next season. The first tidbit was that the cheerleaders and the mascot have been going around and rewarding season ticket holders with surprise visits. The second was that UK will now be offering football “mini-pack” ticket options for fans who may not be able to make every game in Commonwealth. The information below explains more specific details of the package:

UK is offering the “Touchdown 3-game pack” and “Quarterback 4-game pack” for fans who can’t make it out for every game. The tickets packs are priced at $115 and $140 each, so you’ll save up to $24 per person over the cost of buying single game tickets. Plus, if you get your order in by August 10th, you’ll receive a free Olympic Sports Pass. That’ll get you into volleyball, gymnastics, women’s basketball, and soccer games.

Check out UKAthletics.com for more information.

-Marquis Teague likes gummy bears and Doron Lamb washes his hands before games. Hey, it’s summer!

– Our friends over at NBACats.com shared a fun nugget from the upcoming NBA2K13 video game that will be coming to an XBOX Live near you. Apparently Anthony Davis will be the #1 ranked rookie (duh) in the game with the skill set given to him. 

“AD’s game should give him high ratings in defensive awareness, shot blocking and dunking and he’ll be respectable with his inside scoring and rebounding ratings. Davis should have shooting range of out to 17 feet and have plenty of plays run for him in New Orleans offense by default.

The No. 1 overall pick will be New Orleans best big man and arguably their best player regardless of whether Eric Gordon returns or not. He’ll be most effective on the defensive end where his ability to help on defense and swat away shots should make him a favorite of gamers who love defense.”

– 2 thoughts: Do any gamers actually love defense? And just point me to the lob button and I’m good.

(h/t NBACats.com)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is still nursing an ailing left knee and had his impressive start to the NBA summer league cut short. Best of luck to MKG for a speedy recovery, though the Bobcats (who have done unbelievably well in summer league play) are likely just being cautious with their new prized rookie.

– If you don’t mind reading a bit of a lengthy article, and you enjoy reveling in the wonder that has been Anthony Davis’ life over the past 12 months… head on over to KSR College to read Will Totten’s post on how Davis could wrap up the greatest amateur season EVER with a gold medal in the London Olympics. 

If you are wondering what our current crop of Wildcats are up to, Josh Hopkins tweeted out a great picture this evening. I love everything about this picture. What a backdrop to train in front of, eh? 3 points for the first person to name the order in which each of the players is running in the picture…

 

 

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

32 Comments for Basketball Movie Stars Want Friday Night Notes



  1. Poopy Hot Dogs
    11:05 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Is that Nerlens in front of the pack? Thought he wasn’t on campus yet.



  2. SuperCats
    11:13 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    nice post girl
    more and more we want to
    tuck into Ally



  3. Jack
    11:22 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a shame NCAA doesn’t make video games any more. Those games were legit.



  4. Shawn
    11:25 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress, Archie, WCS, Twanny Dollar Bill, Harrow, Wiltjer, Malone



  5. the other maggard
    11:26 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens, Poythress, Cauley-Stein, Mayes, Harrow, someone, and Hood.



  6. Garrett
    11:29 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress
    Goodwin
    Cauley-Stein
    Beckham
    Harrow
    Wiltjer
    Hood



  7. Go Cats
    11:35 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    It looks like 5 should be right but in reality i think 4 and 6 are right



  8. WilliamB
    11:35 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    harrow, poythress, cauley-stein, goodwin, mayes, wiltjer, malone



  9. jhat_trey1
    11:36 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    harrow
    beckham
    poythress
    archie
    wcs
    kwiltj
    hood



  10. UK
    11:36 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Noel, Poythress, WCS, Beckham, Harrow, Wiltjer, Malone



  11. jhat_trey1
    11:37 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    or mayes instead of archie goodwin



  12. UK#9
    11:41 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow
    Poythress
    WCS
    Beckham
    Goodwin
    Witjer
    Malone



  13. UK#9
    11:41 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’m 100 percent sure thats right



  14. UK
    11:47 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Current lob button on 2K12 is *left trigger + B*



  15. Claydwildcat
    12:14 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone needs to try again there are nine in pic. You can only see shoes or legs of two.



  16. really?
    1:29 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    derek anderson on staff? suspected drug financier – did that all just BLOW by or what?



  17. David
    1:59 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    I liked Derek Anderson but way to much baggage. The drug label has been on him for a very long time.



  18. A voice of reason
    3:31 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis, as stated above, making history by playing the best players at every level as their equal and does it with humility, grace and respect. Add in how all of our Cats are performing in the NBA summer league followed by the football team, with all the distraction, have maintained the attitude of confidence by predicting a win at U of L.
    WAIT, WAIT THE REAL STORY HAS BEEN DISCERNED BY THE BLOG THAT
    PROUDLY REPORTS TO BE THE 9TH FAVORITE OF THEIR COACH!!!!! THE SAME COACH THAT DECLINED TO READ THE NCAA REPORT ON HIS 2ND IN COMMANDS ‘ INVOLEMENT WITH MIAMI CRIMINAL!!!!! THAT IS REAL
    OBJECTIVE INTEGRITY.
    Duty to truth, Justice and setting the record strait, this blot humbley
    Set out to instuct the ignorant cult worshipers of A. Davis and the iconoclastic jealous hatefilled inbreds spitting moonshine at USAs coach
    for not playing their baby boy was do to the baby’s failing to do no more
    Than score 4 points, block a shot and grab some rebounds in the first couple minutes in his first game. Even worse in ADs second opportunity, 11 point’s, some blocks & rebounds took SEVERAL minutes. CLEARLY performance keeps him benched. It is also clear this group of Rutherseeitmyway correctly outed, then newspaper reporter, Jo dengaling as a UK spy. Dengaling NEVER RESPECTED OR REPORTED ON ANY U. L PLAYER. Had to be a u l hater, he graduated from there and now runs a u l blobs. A consistanly obtuse op/ed observer. Called UKs
    Football team out due to three players being quoted “guranteeng a victory over u l this year.. trash. Trashy. Trashiest



  19. A voice of reason
    3:47 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    This voice of reason is thoughtless trying to understand the depravity of that
    supposedly SEC team speaking about that burgeoring national.power trendkng with losses in their last two games one of which was THE BELKALICIOS BOWL!!!!!!!! Wake up bumpkinz, our guys have already tried to explain to you, you are NOT EVEN In the same league as us. Your fans are so dumb we to send out a picture of YOUR WILDCAT LOGO placed in our urinal.



  20. Don't Geek
    4:17 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    WOWWWWW!! A BUTT HURT uofsmell fan is really that pathetic that he would come to the champions house and try to disrespect them.. When all of that is just bull. You know this really hurts your fan base cause of people like you.. Go back to your little bird cage, we’ll see you in the chicken bucket later. But, until then how bout you shut your little bird beak up!



  21. aCATSfan21
    4:22 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    I only see eight and I think it’s Harrow (flattop jr), Goodwin/Poythress, Polson, WCS, Beckham, Mays, Wiltjer and Hood? Guessing either Archie or Alex are hidden.



  22. Honest Truth
    5:06 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    It feels great truly being on top of the college bball world.
    2012 National Champs
    6 players drafted including 1&2
    Anthony Davis’ amazing year
    Going to have another good team
    Karl Towns Jr on the DRT
    Wiggins a UK lock
    James Young a lock
    Twins a lock
    Basically on top of the recruiting world

    We are truly on top of college bball



  23. monty403
    5:27 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    Did that tweet just say theres “NO DOUBT” a 17 year old junior in high school will be better then 11 time champion and the hall of famer, most players (current and Retired) call the greatest of all time?



  24. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:06 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    They look like they all have flat tops.



  25. Mudcreekmark
    9:27 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    Bill Russell? Is the kid a center? I don’t understand the comparison. Anyway, I am one of the biggest basketball junkies out there but there is one flaw in my resume, I have never seen He Got Game for some reason. My favorite is White Men Cannot Jump.



  26. i get it
    9:39 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    #18
    1rst paragraph.,genuine celebration of UK and it’s players.
    Everything else is a parady of some post on another teams meedage board. It seems their envy of all things UK makes them unable to grasp some facts. The Ant Davis part is there was speculation Davis was not
    Playing much due him being a former Uk player. The out of town blog
    Was attempting to assert superiority over UK posters claiming predjudice in lack of playing time. Ignoring Ants accomplishments on the flloor examples their UK denial.
    Same with the attempt to equate UK players guarantee of UK victory to the u of ls trash tweets of UKs inferiority (in their opinion) and u of ls
    Players posting the picture of their urinals whith UKs logo on it. The stupidity of attempting to make a guarantee of victory equal to degrading remarks and excretion on a logo begs to be made fun of



  27. minor point of contention
    9:47 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    it’s actually Shuttlesworth , not Shuttleworth … there’s an ‘s’ in there



  28. minor point of contention
    9:50 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    also, Walter McCarty actually also auditioned for the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth … but obviously didn’t get it.



  29. JRHopkins
    9:54 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    spoiler alert: the correct order. (i took the photo)

    first four, in order, every time were:
    harrow
    polson
    goodwin
    WCS
    poythress/beckham
    wiltjer/mays
    hood

    no nerlens, malone or long



  30. BravoBigBlue
    10:18 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    I want that picture as a framed poster. Pretty damn cool.



  31. I remember Bill Russell
    1:47 pm July 21, 2012 Permalink

    23- I agree. I wathced Bill Russell. No disrespect to Wiggins, but he’s going to have to show me that he’s better than Russell. I doubt Parrish ever got to watch the guy play, but Russell was just something else. 25- I also wondered about the comparison based on position played.



  32. HamnEggs
    3:32 pm July 21, 2012 Permalink

    With regards to Bill Russell tweets: Those guys were going back n forth on twitter earlier in the week as one stated Russell was overrated

    Reall has nothing to do with Wiggins they were just continuing with the running jokes on the subject