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Eric Bledsoe Gets S#!t Right, Grizz Force Game Seven

No player exemplifies the Kentucky Effect gone right better than Eric Bledsoe. While guys like Daniel Orton, Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins also benefited from better draft positions than they might have received if they had played anywhere other than Kentucky, Bledsoe has stepped in a made a huge impact for his NBA franchise. Last night for the Clippers in a crucial close out game six, Bledsoe had 14 point, six assists and four rebounds. While the Clips would lose by two to the team from Memphis and fall into a game seven they didn’t want to play, the blame can’t be put on the broad shoulders of Eric Bledsoe.

Think for a minute that this was our backup point guard in 2009-2010. Bledsoe played out of position his one year in Lexington so John Calipari could get him on the floor as much as possible. Now Clippers fans are calling him the ‘X-factor’ and with Chris Paul in limbo regarding the severity of his hip issue, Bledsoe may be called upon to provide a spark, similar to what he brought last night, when the team goes to Memphis.

Of all the players from john Calipari’s first illustrious recruiting class, Bledsoe is having the most success upon the professional stage. Most of that can be attributed to the fact that he landed with a better team than any of his running mates, but his play has still been noteworthy. If there’s a recruiting tool better than Bledsoe, I’ve yet to see it. Not many coaches can tell kids to come to a school where they’ll be the second best in your position, in your recruiting class and I’ll get you out in one year to a team that’s competing for NBA championships.

He is the consummate example of the ‘Kentucky Effect’ and the boy just keeps getting s#!t right.

 

Article written by Matthew Hays

27 Comments for Eric Bledsoe Gets S#!t Right, Grizz Force Game Seven



  1. Wow
    1:07 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    I love some Bledsoe but saying he is having the most success of any of that first recruiting class is crazy. His team will make it further than the rest sure but being sent to the D-league for a while and rarely seeing minutes until these playoffs with chris paul’s injury isn’t near the sucess that Cousins has with his numbers. Jared Lorenzen has a super bowl ring but would we call him the most successful UK football player. I doubt it



  2. isecondthat
    1:13 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    You need to understand the way that you’ve worded this is misleading, Mr. Hays. John Wall and Demarcus Cousins are both much more successful in what matters to NBA players (playing time, pay, and stats). So I guess Daniel Orton, Deandre Liggins, and Josh Harrellson are more successful than Wall, Cousins, Knight, and Patterson because they made it to better teams where they ride the bench in the playoffs and only come out when a starter is injured? WOW. WOW. WOW.



  3. You Crazy Denny
    1:19 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    “Bledsoe is having the most success upon the professional stage.”

    Who hired you?



  4. burger
    1:23 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins is by far having more “career earning potential” success.

    And Wall still makes more money than all of them (being the 1st pick).

    So Matthew, that narrows down the time frame of your statement, “Bledsoe is having the most success upon the professional stage” to “Last Night”

    Love Bledsoe, but also appreciate reality.



  5. burger
    1:26 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Professionalism isn’t the goal, it’s the standard. Perfection is the goal (which will never be reached).

    You’ve got a long way to go son. Now go fix me my chicken pot pie.



  6. Bledsoe
    1:33 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Who you calling boy???



  7. areyouserious?
    1:33 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    C’mon man! Cousins & Wall are both enjoying more success than Bledsoe! They are THE players for their respective franchises. That being said Bledsoe was certainly a huge spark off the bench last night.



  8. HeyMatt
    1:34 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    You were doing fine until you stated that Bledsoe is having the most success of any from that class. He may be having the most success in the NBA playoffs, because he is the only guy from that group in the playoffs…otherwise, no one buys that statement. Cousins is clearly experiencing the most success on the professional stage of the 3.



  9. areyouserious?
    1:38 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    8. should read “of the 5”



  10. jaaaaayyyyyy
    1:41 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    He wasn’t the “backup point guard”, he was a starting 2 guard who moved over to the point when Wall was out.

    But anyway, congrats to Bledsoe for having a big game.



  11. Bledsoe Fan
    1:44 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Bledsoe is playing really well. He’s not having a better career than Boogie or Wall though. Those acting like he was a scrub until the playoffs are flat out wrong. He plays well whenever he gets in. It’s just tougher to get time when the Clippers have Chris Paul and like 3 other veteran points on the bench. He will be hard to keep off the floor in the future.



  12. john
    1:58 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    stopped reading after I read “Bledsoe is having the most success upon the professional stage.” Cousins averages a double double. Not even close



  13. bmt22033
    1:59 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    If you haven’t seen it already, you’ll want to watch this new video of Ryan Harrow. He’s obviously been doing work….. 😉

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nPKktC6ud0Y



  14. Jorts' Tightie Whities
    1:59 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like I’m not the first to note this, but Bledsoe’s success in no way is more than Wall’s or Cousins’ success. Cousins is on the Olympic practice squad and one of the 5-10 best big men in the league. Wall has not succeeded like we expected, but he is on the fringe of qualifying for an all-star game if he gets some better teammates and cuts down on his turnovers. Bledsoe doesn’t even start. End of story.



  15. But Seriously
    2:02 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    How come Cousins and Walls teams both suck? If they were any good, their teams wouldnt be terrible.



  16. HenryEarl
    2:07 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    10 >moved over to point when Wall was out

    yeah. that would still make him the back up point guard, regardless of whether he started at another position.



  17. BRASSOW's Girlfriend
    2:12 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    15) You obviously know nothing about the NBA if you think Wall and Cousins should make those abysmal teams better by themselves.

    “How come Cousins and Walls teams both suck? If they were any good, their teams wouldnt be terrible.”

    So explain to me how there were years when superstars like Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Vince Carter, the old Tracy McGrady, and plenty of others all experienced playoff woes when they were each phenomenal players?

    ONE PLAYER DOES NOT MAKE A TEAM. People really need to give Wall credit. All of you so called “fans” loved every second of it when he was here doing the dance, but now he’s in the NBA and you can’t cut some slack or show support? Screw you.



  18. KSCZAR
    2:19 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    -*-*-must delete all relevant comments-*-*-



  19. Mr. Blonde
    2:24 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Who would have ever guessed in a million years that the “better team” would be the Los Angeles Clippers?



  20. HenryEarl
    2:30 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    17 chill out dude. I have never heard anything but support for Wall from our fans. If my memory serves me well “But Seriously” is an IU or UL fan anyway.



  21. UKalum
    2:30 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    17) calm down 15) is clearly a troll



  22. Mack
    2:46 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Bledsoe is one that so far is getting it done in the Playoffs, great job.



  23. the Big Dog
    4:23 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    Not so fast my friend. The most success of his class? What are you smoking? Ever herd of John Wall and Boogie? Despite the over exuberant statement- great job Eric and nothing but the best for you.



  24. HeyMatt
    4:40 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    #9 – He stated of Cal’s first illustrious recruiting class. Patterson was not in the recruiting class, and while Orton was in the recruiting class, I don’t consider him as Cal’s recruiting get and frankly don’t care about him all that much. I was referring to the 3 Cal recruits that were in the league from that season.



  25. MYOLDKENTUCKYHOME
    5:15 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad to see Eric playing well and getting some minutes. I’m a big Bledsoe fan – I even sent some emails to KSR after his role in the Game 1 comeback.



  26. Roscoe
    6:23 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    My Daddy on Earth is by far the most successful player from that draft class. I piss on you from Puppy Heaven.



  27. lane taylor
    10:30 pm May 12, 2012 Permalink

    While Bledsoe is doing well, Cousins is having by far the best pro career of any our recent players to go pro.