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Derek Anderson is on his way to support Nerlens

One player who might understand what Nerlens Noel is going through right now is Derek Anderson. If you’re too young to remember (why didn’t your parents tell you??), Anderson also tore his ACL back in 1997 during his senior year and was able to rehab and have a successful NBA career. Anderson is now an inspirational speaker and author, and spoke to the team last weekend about overcoming struggles. He tweeted Nerlens this after the news broke of his injury:

Anderson also told his followers that if it weren’t for the Big Blue Nation’s support in ’97 after his injury, he never would have played eleven years in the NBA or won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat.

#LaFamilia

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41 Comments for Derek Anderson is on his way to support Nerlens



  1. wildcatfan52
    3:48 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    It’s things like this that make me so proud to be part of the BBN. Thank you DA. #LaFamilia.



  2. slimflannery
    3:49 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Great to see the BBN family pulling for each other. BBN for life!



  3. beanie weanies for breakfast
    3:49 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    One word……WOW!



  4. uk3k
    3:51 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    DA was the man. I’m glad he is going to come back and help him pull through this.

    Derek Rose should come visit him too!



  5. Ridge Runner
    3:51 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Wildcat brotherhood. A tie that binds. Awesome.



  6. you the man #3
    3:52 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    derek Anderson is by far one of the greatest kentucky players to ever put on a blue and white jersey.. tons of class and was a dunking machine.. my 2nd favorite UK player.. mashburn being #1. good luck 3#



  7. UK Fan
    3:52 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Derek! Thanks to BBN. There is nothing comparable to Kentucky Baskeball!



  8. MemphisCat
    3:53 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    That is the power of BBN and the players #oneteamonefight



  9. Rockfield, KY
    3:55 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Derek has proven to be a great UK basketball alumnus. He’s been a real asset to the program and is great with fans. Glad to have him. #LaFamilia



  10. Ridge Runner
    3:56 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I have seen how certain folks have a favorite UK player. I have so many…I guess I am in the minority but can’t list a favorite. I mean it’s cool that some of you can narrow it down but damn if I can.



  11. Go4It
    3:58 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    All recruits who are on the fence about picking UK need to read this.



  12. HeGetsIt!
    3:58 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    That is awesome!!!! Way to step up, Derek! That’s family right there!



  13. 1997 NCAA Runner Up
    3:59 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Best of Luck Nerlen. The injury to Anderson cost us a championship. Bounce Bounce Noel/Big Blue Nation (BBN)



  14. Big Blue 66
    3:59 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    BBN go support DA….order his new book Stamina from his website derekandersonworks.com



  15. Great Memories of '97
    4:02 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I remember Anderson stepping in during the 1997 Final 4 and making two free-throws (technical foul, dead ball) after his “season-ending” ACL. Many may forget how special he was, what could have been in 1997 with him playing, etc. But wow…he brought tears to my eyes shooting those technical foul free-throws. Good deed, DA!



  16. Scott in Nashville
    4:03 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    BBN unite!! No doubt there is also so much support for Nerlens that is going on behind the scenes that we’re not even seeing yet. Proud to be a Kentucky alum and fan. Players first…because if you take care of people first, then all else falls into place afterwards.



  17. Great Memories of '97
    4:04 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    …and who can forget DA’s slam and dance over Little Brother (AFTER he transferred from louisville to UK)….



  18. Say that again
    4:04 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    13) Bounce Bounce Noel? well then. huh?



  19. RealCatsFan
    4:05 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!



  20. Clouseau
    4:07 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #18 – I still have the picture of that from the Courier Journal framed and hanging in my UK room. Awesomesauce



  21. Nick Rakestraw
    4:07 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I love this. We here for ya Noel!!! Once a cat always a cat!!!



  22. Must Be Foggy Memories
    4:14 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    18) He actually transferred from Ohio State, he played high school bball in Louisville tho



  23. LansingCat
    4:16 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This is the third time I’ve gotten misty-eyed in less than 24 hours. Dang. Look at all the support and love from BBN!



  24. Ridge Runner
    4:17 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking of coming together, Coach would certainly appreciate our support here BBN.

    You can vote between now & Feb 27th in this initial round “once every day”…

    Infinity Coaches Challenge South Region (Current Leaderboard)…Haith 24%, Calipari 22%, Gottfried 13%, Donovan 12%
    http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/infiniti/2013/



  25. WHOA!
    4:21 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    DA must be from the future! Either that or he’s out of the country.. That tweet came through at 7pm today.



  26. BennyHans
    4:27 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This is all Dave Baker’s Fault, Damn You Dave Baker!!!



  27. CatfaninNky
    4:28 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    26, Are you the dude that stands on the street corner preaching as we drive by in the evenings?



  28. DA
    4:28 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    @ 25. The column indicates this was sent last night. he was prob west of KY….



  29. uk3k
    4:31 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    When Derek Anderson got hurt when I was kid and I was devastated. All the sudden I realized that Superman wasn’t invincible, Santa wasn’t real, and that life wasn’t fair. All in one ACL tear



  30. tyson
    4:34 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This is awesome. Good reporting Mrs. TT



  31. Realist
    4:35 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe while he is here he can help the rest of the team not suck.



  32. Yeah, but...
    4:41 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    29) The post says 13feb13. Dude’s from the effin future!! On a serious note, It’s great to see all the well-wishers. I’m confident Noel will bounce back from this and be an even better person than he already is. Get well soon, big fella



  33. Katdaddy
    4:46 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #31 I doubt that very seriously!



  34. olympian?
    4:47 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    why does the cover of DA’s books say Gold Medal Olympian? What Olympic team was he on?



  35. TruCat
    4:54 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Where is our resident troll, UL Doucheman? He/she/it predicted last night that BBN would “forget Noel”. Read this Doucheman! #LaFamilia#BBN You will never understand.

    14: Great idea for BBN. I just ordered DA’s “Stamina”



  36. buzzard
    5:02 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    The power of BBN! DA was awesome. How cool is this? It goes to show how important those ‘life lessons’ Coach has been talking about. Get well soon Nerlens!!!



  37. Freddie Cowan
    5:10 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    One of the greatest achievements of Coach Cal’s time in Lexington has been bringing back all the older wildcat players to the BBN family. That had been missing for a long long time. Get well Nerlens…you will be fine.



  38. Spencer
    5:15 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, this is really impressive. There really is a connection within the #BBN.



  39. Corey Davis
    5:27 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Who better than DA to help Nerlens through this? Kentucky effect never ceases to amaze.



  40. Uk4life
    6:04 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    For those of us who want to send him a card (via real mail!) where should we address it?



  41. Dr. Marley
    6:58 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    DA has the best “home grown pain killers” in the area. I’m sure his visit will make Nerlins feel better.