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Davis, MKG, Bledsoe, and Cousins debate who will win the Alumni Game

It was a La Familia reunion this morning at the Joe Craft Center, with Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Eric Bledsoe, and DeMarcus Cousins back in town to help out with Calipari’s pro camps. The four held a brief press conference afterwards, the video of which you can see above. Here are some highlights:

— How many of the players will be back for the Alumni Game on September 9th? Michael Kidd-Gilchrst was the only player who said he was definitely attending, while DeMarcus Cousins joked that he would “if the money’s right.” Davis and Bledsoe are still debating.

— Of course, the Alumni Game is a showdown between the 2010 and 2012 teams, which you knew would be a hot topic of debate between the former players. Here’s their exchange when asked who would win:

Cousins: We will.
MKG: Everybody knows who’s going to win the game, really.
Davis: 2010. I say 2010 will win it.
Cousins: Thank you, Anthony.
Bledsoe: Did you say 2010 will win? Glad you’re honest.
Davis: Nah, 2012. We’re proven winners.
Bledsoe: Wow.
Cousins: Got nothing to say to that.


— What do they think of the current team?

Cousins: “I haven’t gotten a chance to work out with them, but I’m impressed with Julius Randle.”
Bledsoe: “Been back playing pickup. Like DeMarcus, I’m impressed with Julius and the Harrisons”
MKG: “I like Dakari Johnson and Julius, too.”
Davis: “What everybody else said.”

— The strong bond between the 2012 team was one of the reasons they won the national championship. MKG called it “a brotherhood,” and said that “it’s just different” in the NBA. He said that he’s growing up fast, which makes coming back to UK that much sweeter: “I just like being back here. Old memories. Friends here. It’s just an excuse to come back.”

— How much does DeMarcus Cousins thinks he’s matured since his time at UK? “I’ve matured.” Anthony Davis wasn’t about to let him get off that easy: “You saying he was immature before? That’s what he was implying, DeMarcus.” Cousins replied: “I’ve matured. I’m 22 now. I’m in my fourth (NBA) season. I’ve matured.”

— Eric Bledsoe was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he’ll join rookie Archie Goodwin. Any advice for young pup? “Archie’s only 18. He’s got a lot to learn. He’s still growing as a person too. Archie’s going to be a pretty good player in the league.”

— Last season, MKG’s pickup game with Michael Jordan created a lot of buzz. MKG says that he’s a little less starstruck these days, but the two have bonded during his first year in Charlotte: “I see him like every day, so now it’s like, ‘Whatever.’ But when I first got there, I was shocked. I was shocked I was the No. 2 pick in the whole draft. He taught me a lot. I talk to him like every week. It’s a good feeling.” Want to feel old? MKG said that he didn’t really see MJ play back in the day because he was so young.

— We all know DeMarcus Cousins is a big kid, which he says makes the camps fun, not work:

“I don’t think people realize that me and Eric would’ve just finished our senior year last year, so we’re basically still kids. So when we’re around situations like this, that’s what we are: kids.”

I miss them.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

27 Comments for Davis, MKG, Bledsoe, and Cousins debate who will win the Alumni Game

  1. BigBlueBob
    12:14 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    It’s an Alumni game but none of them are graduates..Weird

  2. bmt22033
    12:16 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    @1 – alumni: a person who has *attended* or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university

  3. James
    12:20 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #1 needs to lighten up

  4. Profound
    12:29 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Heavy quotes, man. Heavy!

  5. btowncatfan
    12:34 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Move along trolls.

  6. realme
    12:39 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Love those guys.

  7. Weird?
    12:40 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Really #1? Wow.

  8. rick
    12:46 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t football season almost here?

  9. The Loco Pollo
    12:59 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I love those guys, but that was painful.

  10. Pmo
    1:00 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    And MacGruber needs to go to an anger management class. All I am saying is that they can at least sit up straight and act like they care that they are there.

  11. lil c
    1:07 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    They said they were all kids. they sure acted like kids in this interview! wow.

  12. Dave Chappelle
    1:13 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    10. They Rich b****

  13. Mike porter likes kids
    1:18 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’m the biggest CATS fan you’ll ever meet, but Cousins saying the camp and alumni game are just an “EXCUSE” for him to come back rubs me the wrong way. If you don’t want to come back, stay the hell away you big uneducated ogre. Thanks for a mediocre season while you were here and getting beat by a team that wasn’t even in the same league as you, but I could care less about him now.

  14. JT
    1:28 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    At 13- He means that they are good reasons for him to get back to Lex, most likely because he misses it. It’s a figure of speech, and one that’s meant in a positive way. Chill out

  15. JT
    1:28 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    And, this video makes me miss MKG even more

  16. Buck Sleazy
    1:32 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Did Cousins say ‘If the money’s right’?

    If so, in what context?

  17. TheLaw
    1:35 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    13 – wow…please see #14 (pathetic).

  18. TheLaw
    1:36 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    14/15 – Agree with both comments.

  19. Joe
    1:48 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Damn, the hate train has no empty seats today! Hateharehatehate

  20. Sean
    1:50 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Did anybody even watch the video? They were all just joking around and laughing. Cut these kids, yes they are kids, some slack.

  21. Roflectomy
    2:38 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    They seemed so disinterested in doing the interview. Only MKG and Bledsoe ever really gave good answers. Davis mumbled a lot and Demarcus looked like he was hiding his phone or something the whole time.

  22. Rockfield, KY
    2:44 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Name a more athletic 1-2 combo than Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

  23. Rise
    3:07 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    Mario Chalmers and Dewayne Wade. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. There are plenty more.

  24. Sarah White
    4:05 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just thankful and grateful they came back. They certainly didn’t have to, but they chose to. Are they great on interviewing? No. But, who cares. They are here out of love.

  25. realest
    4:15 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    And this is why black athletes should go to other schools…cause if you not playing for whitey and not winning,you get comments like you do in this thread. Go to all black university guys

  26. Steve
    7:33 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    this is an embarrassment to uk. I am embarrassed being an alumni.

    I love uk. went to school there and graduated.

    but I would not put forth stuff like this.

    they seem really uneducated and pathetic
    roll models for our youth.

  27. lesigh
    7:57 pm July 31, 2013 Permalink

    #26 Which one is the baguette? Which one is the petite pain? Sourdough? Surely, an “educated and non-pathetic” man should know this.