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Grant Hill and Jason Kidd’s Tuesday News and Views

The National Basketball Association bid adieu to two of its greats when Grant Hill and Jason Kidd announced their retirements. Hill announced his retirement over the weekend, followed by Kidd’s departure from the game Monday afternoon. The two 40-year-olds entered the league together in 1994 and shared Rookie of the Year honors that season. Together, they combine for 17 NBA All-Star game appearances.

There was a time, toward the end of the Jordan era, when it appeared Grant Hill would become the face of the NBA. After leading the all-star voting as a rookie — the only pro athlete to accomplish that feat in any of the major sports — Hill was the heir apparent to MJ’s throne; he even led the all-star voting over Jordan in 1996, his second NBA season and Jordan’s first season back after baseball. But injuries kept the Pistons point forward from reaching his full potential and he spent the last decade of his career as more of a veteran role player, a shadow of his former self, on three different teams. His numbers drastically declined and Grant Hill the superstar was no more.

To put it in perspective, when Hill suffered his first injury in 2000, he had a total of 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds and 2,720 assists. Only Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and LeBron James eclipsed those numbers after their first six seasons in the league.

Jason Kidd, on the other hand, was one of the league’s best at his position for 19 seasons. He is second all-time in assists and steals; third all-time in triple-doubles; and, surprisingly, third all-time in three-pointers made despite entering the league with an inconsistent outside jumper. The five-time All-NBA first team selection won a championship in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks and will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. If you’re talking about the game’s best point guards, Jason Kidd is certainly in the discussion.

With all that said, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd never accomplished one thing until tonight: They’re KSR’s Tuesday News and Views honorees. What an achievement and a fitting finale to their incredible careers.

Let’s get to it…

 First and foremost, we need to address Gregg Doyel’s first appearance as host on KSR tomorrow. Somehow, someway, Doyel booked Rick Pitino, John Calipari and Dan Dakich for Tuesday’s show. We knew handing the reins over to Gregg would make for must-listen radio, but we had no idea he’d pull off the unthinkable by getting Pitino to make an appearance on the KSR airwaves. Not to mention, Dakich despises all things Matt Jones and KSR, so it’ll be interesting to see what angle Doyel takes with him, too. Luckily, John Calipari will be on to save the show and steal the spotlight from whatever negativity the other two may spew. It’s going to be a fun one, one way or another.

 Be on the lookout for new Wildcats on campus this week; Julius Randle is scheduled to arrive in Lexington Tuesday to begin life as a UK student. A little bird told KSR that Dakari Johnson, Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins will also move in this week. The other four members of the class will be on campus in a few weeks. It’s going to be a fun summer in the Joe Craft Center.

 In UK football news, it was announced on Monday that Kentucky’s season opener against Western Kentucky will kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET at LP Field in Nashville. That gives Big Blue Nation plenty of time to tailgate and enjoy all that Broadway has to offer in the hours leading up to the game. It was already going to be a fun weekend no matter what time the game kicked off, but now it’s reached a whole new level of fun for the official launch of the Mark Stoops era. See you there.

 File this one under Things-You-Never-Thought-You-Would-Read: Kentucky is in a recruiting battle with Alabama for two of its top targets in the 2014 class. First, Matt Elam, the defensive tackle from right here in the bluegrass, is believed to be down to Kentucky and Alabama, and he took a visit to Tuscaloosa on Monday. He posed for a photo with this miniature Nick Saban figurine during the trip:

Also, Derek Kief, the wide receiver from Cincinnati, plans to visit Alabama next weekend and he has the Tide high on his list. Keif is also receiving interest from Ohio State, Notre Dame and every other school with a football program, but Kentucky is still squarely in the mix.

 As if you need more proof that Drew Barker is the best kid ever, the folks behind the Nike Elite 11 gave him a shout out on Twitter for being the first to submit his paperwork for camp. Barker received the invite over the weekend.

 What has John Calipari been up to, you ask? He spent Monday night at the Henry Iba Awards, rubbing elbows with Adrian Peterson, Bob Stoops and Eddie Sutton…

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The Henry Iba Awards were held at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center Monday night. Cal was accompanied by his good friend, Mr. Joe Craft.

 The Miami heat covered, therefore Floyd Mayweather is five million dollars richer. All is right in the world.

 A big congrats to Josh Teater for qualifying for the U.S. Open on Monday. Teater qualified for the British Open a week ago, so it’s pretty safe to say he’s on a good run this year. We can’t wait to see how he does at Merion in 10 days.

That’ll do it for now.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for Grant Hill and Jason Kidd’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Chicago Chris
    11:22 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, is that Sutton? He is really getting up there.

  2. Platinum Unis
    11:29 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, Jordan’s first season back was 95-96, not 1997

  3. GoCats2
    11:38 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Took me a minute on the Saban picture, I may be admitting my lack of intelligence but I looked a little too long before I decided that it was not a miniature Saban figurine. Just tired I guess.

  4. Kidding me
    11:43 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    I will NOT be listening to the show tomorrow!!! Fu(k Ricky 3 stacks. And f the show for allowing this a$$hole to spew $hit over the airwaves. Only thing that need to be discussed is when his name is coming down from the rafters! FTC

  5. andy
    11:50 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Wow that kid is big. Saban wants every pound of him. Tough to pry him from alabama.

  6. Blue To The Bone..
    12:13 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with 4 Drew won’t be listening tomorrow…Matt isn’t allowed to be on UL radio shows by the dictator why did you all let this be set up…Why are you punishing the faithful…This will be worse than Cutler…See you on Wed…

  7. Blue To The Bone..
    12:15 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    #5…Have the faith…He will be in BLUE in 2014..

  8. Costa Rica
    12:29 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    I can remember when we’d beat out Bowling Green, Toledo and North-South-East-Western Louisiana for a kid. Nice to get commitments from kids with offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc.

  9. Andy
    12:37 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    This kid remnds me of that one kid Saban recruited Mount Cody is what they used to call him. His name was Terrence Cody and he was also 6″6 350. That kind of size rarely comes along and requires a double team most of the time.

  10. Buckets
    12:44 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, man, there aren’t two people I’d rather hear less on KSR than Quick Rick and that d-bag/gas bag Dakich. Well, they’ll be better than Chris from Richmond…

    Between Quick Rick, Dakich and Cal, the hot air will be blowing at an all-time high across the KSR air waves.

  11. tyson
    12:51 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    i really get tired of all the manufactured Pitino hate. he left UK for a better job, it didn’t work out, and he came back to college at the best job available. it happened to be Louisville. big deal. he won a championship when he was here and set Tubby up for his. thank you Rick and i will listen to the show for the fist time ever tomorrow.

  12. Mack
    12:59 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    What time will Calipari be on?

  13. Jordan
    2:20 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Mayweather only won 600k because of the odds according to the espn article

  14. dave
    3:24 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    11-he couldve gone to michigan. which, at the time, was easily a better job. but, he chose uofl (more $$?) instead.

  15. Few Dranklin
    4:22 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    I think Elam’s shirt is all that needs to be said about going to play for Alabama. NSFC if I’m reading it correctly, which means Nick Saban’s Football Camp. C’mon man, it’s about the school & they only get a small A on the neck of the shirt?? Personally, I wouldn’t want to play for anyone who was more into themselves than the team. Ego is too much.

  16. rainman
    7:08 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    I will NOT be tuned in today, or AGAIN!

  17. Uk4life
    7:14 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Cal looks fantastic in tux and bow tie!

  18. SamKat
    7:22 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Who should forget that der ricker left Grant Hill unguarded when Hill threw the perfect pass to Laetner with two seconds remaining for Duke. Rick thought he created UK basketball when he only revived it. Rupp was a fair (starter) for the legendary program in Lexington. Lil ricky is a traitor to UK fans’ causes.

  19. Wild Blue
    7:35 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with#4 and the others on here about Pitino. I will not be listening and have lost much respect for KRS for the UL lovefest of late. Pitino chose to leave Kentucky and chose to coach our most hated rival. He and Jurich are doing everything they can to make UK athletics look like $hit and things like today’s program is a good example of how KSR is helping them get air time to promote UL.

  20. hill goes in to retirement and pitino still hasnt put a guy on him!!!

  21. wickedgood
    8:14 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    without matt creating ksr and bringing BBN to a statewide audience everyday these debates could never happen its hard for me to believe that these are life long fans of more than 30 years on here because without pitinos success at uk we would have never been able to hire calipari.we had no chance hiring a great coach because of tubby’s or billy clydes success and our great network of fans have to realize this program had a losing record and no real talent coming back when pitino took over .yes he divorced our family but he is still the greatest uncle we ever had.for matt jones he has put his heart and soul in this site and the radio show and its a slap in the face for people to bash todays show when matt does not even get to interview them. we can always go back to having only the monday night call in show. quit being dumbasses people

  22. Tanks fer Nuttin
    8:23 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    First time I’ve ever seen Saban smile.

  23. Rockfield, KY
    8:59 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    21. Dead on the money

    16. Try acting like an adult for once in your life. It’s college basketball, not politics or religion

    14. Even if Michigan had a better record the previous year, UL will always be a better job than Michigan for basketball. That’d be like saying Georgetown was a better job than UK after BCG left. A couple years does not a program make.

  24. mjburke
    9:19 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Was that picture of Kidd and Hill taken at Pro Image in Lexington Mall?

  25. BlueCamo
    9:45 am June 4, 2013 Permalink

    I for one remember the glory days when Rick Pitino was here and I am thankful for what he did! I am not a UL fan but you can’t blame him for taking that job. Hell, he has said many times that he loves the state of Kentucky. I would much rather have him here in state than somewhere else. He is keeping the rivalry exciting. Between Cal and Rick, they are making the state of Kentucky the ultimate basketball mecca and this will only help us in the long run. I am a born and bred Kentuckian and anything that brings money and positive attention, like winning two national championships in the past two years, to the state is okay in my book. Clearly those who can’t see that are just holding a grudge for some dumb reason. I do not care for Dakech though. HA