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Derek Jeter’s evening notes


Sunday is his birthday, but it turns out I don’t like Derek Jeter at all and you probably don’t either. Besides, NYC belongs to Jorts now, so let’s skip the BS and get to a few quick notes before I turn you loose for the night…

Brandon Knight was officially introduced to the Detroit media this afternoon, and he put to bed the speculation from the draft that his reaction after being picked meant that he was unhappy going to Detroit. Knight chalked it up to being a ‘serious guy’ and reiterated that he’s happy to be going to a franchise with tradition like the Pistons. He acknowledged that there are things he needs to work on, like getting stronger and improving as a point guard, but he will work hard to get better. Joe Dumars said that it was ‘better to be lucky than good’ when referring to Knight (and Kyle Singler and Vernon Macklin) falling to them in the draft when they weren’t projected to be available. He also talked about how getting tough, high character guys was important to the Pistons and they feel like they got just that in the draft. I would have to agree.

Here’s video of the press conference:

–The other news of the day from the former Cats was that Knight and Enes Kanter selected the jersey numbers they will wear with their new teams. Kanter picked the #0 which, as one of our commenters pointed out, might just be a tribute to the number of career losses the Undertaker has at Wrestlemania. Or, he could just like the number. Initially, it looked like Knight would also choose #0, but after clearing up some confusion on which number Ben Gordon would wear next year, he chose the #7 that Gordon had previously opted to give up. Knight said that the ‘7’ is for the number of picks that went ahead of him, demonstrating that he’s coming to the league with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.

–In a bit of recruiting news that I don’t think has graced these pages yet, 2013 wing prospect Ishmail Wainwright decommitted from Missouri and has listed Kentucky as one of his schools of interest. Wainwright is currently the 30th-ranked player by Scout and, according to ZagsBlog, is considering the Cats along with UCLA, St. John’s, Arkansas, Memphis and several more schools.

–It’s not Kentucky related, but if you haven’t heard about the Minnesota Timberwolves acquiring the draft rights to a guy who is actually 26, it’s worth checking out. Apparently teams were told that Tanguy Ngombo was only 21, but Draft Express reported that he was actually born in 1984 and will turn 27 in less than a month. The Wolves even went so far as to purchase the #57 pick to take Ngombo, ensuring that they are the jokes of the NBA draft yet again. Because players his age can’t be drafted, the pick will be voided with no compensation for the team. The fact that this probably isn’t the worst draft move the team has made lately only serves to make it more comical. Kahn!

That’s it for now. Someone will be along to greet you all in the morning. Until then…

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

17 Comments for Derek Jeter’s evening notes

  1. yeahright
    10:55 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink


  2. yeahright
    10:56 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    Ugh, I gotta get a life.

  3. BPsycho
    10:56 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    **** Dereck Jeter and baseball.

  4. Jason
    11:03 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    I was bored messing around on the ESPN app on Xbox, and i noticed they had a game avaliable to watch from the ACC tounrnament this past year, NC State vs. Maryland. Decided to check it out to see if i could get a glimpse of Ryan Harrow. Sure enough, the second possesion of the game, the announcers begin talking about him and say, “Whenever Ryan Harrow is in the game, NC State plays with a lot more energy. He has a bounce in his step.” Good news.

  5. Yogi Berra
    11:19 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    Derek Jeter has had his :15 of fame in NYC. So did Rick Paaaaatino (via Shelbyville Road). Who is this Jorts person?

  6. bigbill992001
    11:48 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    No disrespect to BK, but Joe Dumars hasn’t exactly been the hottest GM around the last few yrs.

  7. George's Ghost
    11:59 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, it is so easy to hate a guy who exhibits class on and off the field. Dude never gets in trouble, plays hard, and gets really hot chicks. Yep. I hate him all right.

  8. The Rock
    12:39 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    7- That’s what everyone said about Tiger a few years ago. And now looks where we’re at.

  9. Cousins Fake Teeth
    12:50 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Eh? What has Jeter did to anyone to cause him to hate him?

  10. BPsycho
    1:06 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    #9 I’m just flunkin around, I don’t watch baseball and hate on it for no good reason. I think he has great game * game meaning he’s dated like 10 of the most beautiful woman in the world.

  11. tdogg4033011
    5:51 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    8) Tiger is in terrible shape huh?? Now he only has about 400 million in the bank

  12. tdogg4033011
    5:52 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    ^^^^^ meant for 8

  13. Old White Man (Larry Vaught) says
    9:59 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    This technology thing…I just don’t get it. My grand chitlens listen to radios on cellular telephonies.

  14. mark p
    10:05 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Jeter is one of the few class acts in pro sports. If you don’t like him than you have a problem. Go Yankees!

  15. cracka
    10:24 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    nobody ever talked about tiger exhibiting class on and off the course, wth are you talking about? traditional golf guy did NOT like all the attitude he showed – fist pumps, throwing/breaking clubs, cursing … the entire us open was a big jab at tiger from what i heard on a few sports radio shows – saying every time they would talk about how rory was doing things the right way on the course that it was a stab at how tiger used to behave during a tournament

  16. Lee
    10:30 am June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Besides being a great baseball player, Jeter is a classy guy whether mingling with fans, talking to the media, or being a teammate. He doesnt get into trouble, doesnt have 8 illegitimate kids, shows respect for his managers and owners. Yeah…..I can see why you dont like him. Probaly because he’s half white.

  17. Knowledgeisbeautiful
    9:26 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t believe this is the best the Pistons can host a press conference. Our church has a better looking basketball goal to have a press conference in front of.