Fireworks, barbecue, picnics, baseball, parades, drinks. You name it, the Fourth of July has some of the best things in the world, outside of UK basketball, incorporated into one holiday. Whether you’re spending it in the city watching the government-funded entertainment, or out on the lake having your own fun, have a happy Fourth of July, Big Blue Nation! I hope you all have a fun and safe Independence Day celebrating this great country. To honor the occasion, I took the liberty of assigning each player on the basketball team a specific firework. When you’re firing off your lot tonight, think of your favorite player and do it for him.
A small backyard magic trick, these tiny pellets grow into an ashen serpent when lit. Marcus Lee might be “small” and undetected right now, but once the fire is lit (and it might be already) he has the potential to take off into something huge. Don’t sleep on Lee because he’s quiet.
One of the most basic fireworks any young boy or girl can get their hands on. Firecrackers are a solid stand-by and reliable all day long during your Fourth of July celebration. James Young might be underrated versus the rest of the headliners in Kentucky’s class but he’ll always be there and will always be a fun addition to the lineup.
Among the many tasks that will be assigned to him on offense, one very valuable asset Aaron Harrison can bring to the table is defense. Like a smothering smoke bomb, Aaron must utilize and constantly improve his defensive skills if this team wants to go far in March. Coach Calipari has already said he will be looking to him as a sparkplug and demanded to be a lock-down defender.
Another solid backyard toy for the kiddos, bottle rockets — and modifications to your bottle rockets, like taping a wad of them together, or ripping the sticks off and tossing them in the air while playing “dodge the rocket” — is the childhood boy’s nirvana. The perfect Fourth of July. They can pack a punch; I speak from experience. Polson is like a little bottle rocket for this team, always there, always going full speed ahead.
These little paper snappers buried in sawdust are fun for the kids. But what happened to John Hood and his career at Kentucky can be summed up in one short phrase: “Aww, snap.” It just never panned out the way many Cats fans thought it would during his recruitment with Billy Clyde.
Twenty-five shots of red, green, white, and blue cracklers… Kentucky lacked a real “powercell” last season without a point guard or any true leader. With so much talent coming in, someone will have to step up and be the frontrunner for the squad. I see no better fit than Andrew Harrison.
This firework shoots 12 red and green pearls, with alternating blue and yellow cracklers. No idea why they call it a “Boston Tea Party” but Sam Malone is from Scituate, Mass. which is about 30 miles away from Boston. Sounds good to me.
This finale rack features various effects with glittering centers and a crackling barrage. It’s going to impress. If Willie Cauley-Stein ups his game with a second season in Lexington, the post presence combined with Dakari Johnson and Julius Randle will be tough to handle and surely make anyone double take.
No party is complete without boxes on boxes of sparklers, and no Wildcat team is complete without a little Tod. The quality Fourth of July item is just one of those things you get by default, and the same can be said about a Championship caliber team: you need those solid practice players.
This 500-gram 12-shooter packs a serious punch for your nighttime enjoyment, and that is exactly what Alex Poythress brings to the table… If he gets an attitude adjustment. Not a major knock on the young kid, because it’s not a serious flaw or something which cannot be fixed. But if he gets his mind right, good things will happen.
This huge rocket flies high and displays large brilliant blue stars with silver flying fish. Floreal is a new resident of Lexington and the newest member of the Wildcat basketball team, but he brings that beautiful “blue streak” of Big Blue Nation pride with him.
Found in most supermarket value packs, this little guy spins upwards and emits showers of sparks, lasting only a few seconds. For a point guard, Dominique Hawkins has a nice vertical jump that has impressed a number of people. He has no problem dunking the basketball, something many point guards do struggle with.
A thermobaric bomb uses mid-air blast waves to produce its devastating damage, just like this firework of powerful 16-shots of red, silver, green, purple, and gold. Quite simply; Julius Randle is going to be dropping bombs all season long.
These tanks with little wheels actually move forward and fire three little blasts of sparks and smoke. They are cool to watch battle, but don’t really see a lot of action during the party. Brian Long is a cool guy, but just doesn’t get a whole lot of praise.
These bad boys can be treated mildly, launching them softly into the air one-by-one. But you can really ramp it up once you start shooting them at your friends. You can go either way: lame-o or hardcore. Nobody really knows what we’re getting with Derek Willis, we know he’s certainly more than a one-and-done, but what lies beyond that is anybody’s guess.
The only purpose of this firework is to make noise and make a lot of it for a long time. We all know those beauties. Setting off neighbors car alarms and waking the grumpy curmudgeons already in bed. Dakari Johnson enters Kentucky as a solid mass of inside muscle and he can bring the thunder. Just wait for it.