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Is it okay to make fun of Shabazz now?

“I immediately regret this decision.” -Ron Burgundy and Shabazz Muhammed

ESPN’s college basketball page is plastered with an image of a miserable UCLA player.  No, not Shabazz.  Someone different.  Maybe someone who remembered when UCLA was great, and has reason to be disappointed.  Because regardless of what they used to be, even four years ago, now they’re just, well… miserable.

So far this season, the Bruins have escaped UC Irvine by one point in overtime, then lost to Georgetown during their early season tournament.  That’s bad, but it’s not awful.  The real kicker, though, is last night’s blown lead against Cal Poly, who to this point has losses to TCU and Fresno State.  UCLA, at one point up 51-33, lost 70-68.  This is a Gardner-Webb type loss.  The only difference is, Howland isn’t a new coach, and the Bruins had the number one recruiting class in the nation.  And they still can’t win.

Shabazz did fairly well in those games, and so far is averaging 17 points per game.  But he has to battle his teammates, and his coach, in order to will this team to victory.  Kyle Anderson is not a point guard.  Josh Smith can’t get his weight under three bills.  Howland can’t motivate.  It’s a bad situation for an otherwise talented player.

Cal doesn’t need to counter-recruit.  He does what he does, and he doesn’t have to talk badly about other coaches in order to get recruits.  But if he did, well, Shabazz would be the perfect example.  He could have been at Kentucky right now, playing alongside teammates who give each other piggy back rides when they get hurt.  It seems silly, but just that little gesture shows the difference in programs; Cal is able to develop a team that plays for each other more than themselves.  More than losses to Cal Poly, that’s what has to make a player in Muhammed’s situation envious.

It’s almost appropriate to feel bad for Shabazz.  At this point, he would have been better off staying in Las Vegas and playing for 3-1 UNLV.  He at least would have had Anthony Bennett (averaging 20 and 8) to play alongside instead of the underachieving trio of Smith and the Wear Twins.

We won’t say “Told you so,” Shabazz, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.  But hey, look on the bright side: at least you might sell out some home games.

Article written by Corey Nichols

52 Comments for Is it okay to make fun of Shabazz now?



  1. Oogie
    9:04 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t say “I won’t say I told you so” without saying “I told you so.”



  2. kentuckyjoe
    9:06 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Great, Corey. Shabazz is a great player but it’s gonna take more than that. Say for instance, Coach Cal.



  3. Punter U
    9:11 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Quote: “He could have been at Kentucky right now, playing alongside teammates who give each other piggy back rides when they get hurt.”

    This is false…if he were at UK he would have been ruled ineligible for the entire season…



  4. cant believe
    9:11 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    that Howland still is coaching that storied program. One would think they would see the light



  5. bmt22033
    9:14 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    To be accurate, only ESPN proclaimed UCLA to have the #1 recruiting class (and even their own numbers didn’t bear that out). All of the other major recruiting services gave the nod to Kentucky. Just saying…



  6. Steve Miller
    9:17 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    “Go on, take the money and run. Oooh yeah…”

    See where that got you Shabazz?



  7. Peoplee
    9:18 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    If you cant have em, bash em. Right KSR



  8. BBB
    9:18 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    This post is to show the passion of the UK football fanbase.
    OK OK OK…I get it. Even though the best choice out there is no doubt, Petrino. And thats who most of us want…. probably. We aren’t going to get the GREAT hire that we all want. We are UK? If I HAD to and was FORCED to make a choice of the “list” I would choose Stoops who seems to have the ability to bring in recruits (i.e. Charlie Strong) from FLorida. OUr only hope then would be for him to choose an OC who wold bring in a MUMME type of offense that would hide our obvious lack of talent in certain areas. We need a “niche” offense. An “air raid” attack is a great option and is actually fun to watch for our fans.



  9. Fred
    9:19 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    UT radio saying Butch Jones to UK? Anyone? Buehler?



  10. barn
    9:21 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    wow, i almost stayed up to watch that game. i did see them play against gtown. shabazz is a great looking player and would have looked good in Ky Blue. lotta bball to be played yet, but i think howland’s best days are behind him



  11. Big Blue 66
    9:22 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    but but i thought Coach Cal just had to roll the ball out on the floor??



  12. Will S
    9:23 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Shabazz would have been better off at UK or Duke. UCLA is miserable, the Wear twins are horrible, and they have no leadership or team chemistry.

    The kid chose the glamour, bright lights and money of UCLA. I guess he didn’t realize Duke would be arguably the #1 team in the country and UK looks destined for another final four. He definitely will regret that decision for a while.



  13. KSR1080Fan
    9:24 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hit reply to say exactly what #11 said.



  14. Stigall
    9:25 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    5 – corey doesn’t do research. His posts suck and are without a purpose. He probably stole all of this from a message board, as most of the writers on ksr do



  15. gumby
    9:27 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    the Mays giving Goodwin a piggyback ride thing was cool and all but lets not kid ourselves…if Duke had done this, we’d be killing them on here…just saying.



  16. bluefan
    9:28 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Eh, I think his decision had more to do with Adidas and his sister actually. But I also think he wouldn’t have ever been cleared at UK. He sure doesn’t look like a kid anymore.



  17. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    9:34 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    UK#1 class.



  18. Breaking
    9:35 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones to uk is breaking at the rubes at KSR are asleep at the switch.



  19. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    9:35 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    This is an example why Cal is the best coach in the country. Literally no one can do what he does.



  20. TC
    9:35 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone else remember CJ Leslie?



  21. tom
    9:35 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Why must we revel and gloat over the difficulties of others? Shabazz is a tremendous talent. So what, if he didn’t choose UK? He made a decision that he felt wa right for himself and his family. Grow up Nichols…don’t act like a little child. ANother stupid post



  22. Dr. PinDyke
    9:36 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    #9) Hearing the same thing, I hope not,but on the bright side maybe Jones and Mitch will both be fired in 3-4 years, then maybe we can get a AD that cares about football.



  23. DC Cat
    9:39 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    14- wow, jealous much?



  24. Skooter
    9:41 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    22 -i’m hearing that matt jones is a mouthpiece for barnie. Matt has become a mouthpiece for the administration. That’s why he was so anti-petrino. Barnie told him to say those things. Also, it’s the reason he yells at people who say mitch had nothing to do with hiring cal. Way to move up the ladder, matt.



  25. Stigall
    9:42 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    23 – jealous of what? A no talent writer that doesn’t get paid? You’re right. I am completely envious.



  26. Drew
    9:47 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    @25 I agree to a point, but its not just cory its a lot of them on here.



  27. kycatsfan
    9:47 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone notice the Herald-Leader is instituting a paywall next month? Their demise is truly assured now. LEX18, WKYT, and KSR are gonna be getting tons more page views now!



  28. Stigall
    9:50 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Corey sucks. Now allow me to continue to click on his post to prove my point. I wish I was married to Rachel Nichols.



  29. Jim
    9:53 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Butch Jones to UK. Done deal, but Matt didn’t say that in his midnight post. What’s going on? Is Mitch giving out false information? Who’s going to pay the buyout clause for Butch?



  30. DC Cat
    9:58 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    28 – get him man. We gotta weed out all of these haters cuz thats our moral obligation. We ignore facts and are completely biased against those who have differing opinions than our leader. Matt jones is never wrong and our lives are meaningless without his leadership. Down with opposing thoughts!! That’s the comment section motto



  31. RaleighCat
    10:10 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    “Poly Pavillion”



  32. Marvin
    10:11 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    I abhor “told you so” junk.



  33. Ron
    10:19 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    UCLA was a baddddddddddd choice!



  34. DaveTV
    10:21 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Premature rantings …



  35. Cats
    10:26 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    The truth is no one is going to listen to comment section genius as opposed to a guy who created the biggest blog in KY and actually has connections to the program.

    Everyone hates tipton bc he is pessimisic to the organization but since Matt supports the organization we must hate him too.

    Have you guys ever though that just maybe Matt doesnt agree with you. Does that make you wrong, no……

    Butt-hurt much?



  36. Cats
    10:27 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    You asshats make the comment section unbearable



  37. Axe Cop
    10:28 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    It’s still early in the season, even this is a really really bad loss. UCLA still has plenty of time to turn it around.

    As for Shabazz, he seems like a good kid and he’s fun to watch on the offensive end. It must suck to be jerked around by the NCAA to finally get eligible and this is the team you have to play on.



  38. believeblue
    10:42 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Shabazz made the right decision going to UCLA. If he would have come to UK, the NCAA wouldn’t have ruled him eligible. How quickly we forget Enes. It doesn’t matter how great of a player you are, if you have any questions about eligibilty KY is not the school for you. Unfortunately, it’s the NCAA’s world and we’re just living in it.



  39. Cal rocks
    10:58 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hurts the hater argument that Cal just rolls the ball out there



  40. J
    11:13 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly the smartest move Baz could have made would have been to go to Duke…God I hate to say that…If he would have went there he would have been cleared from the get go, played on a better team “that we all hate” and probably went in the top 3 of the draft…He would have been screwed by the NCAA if he came to UK and probably have to set out the whole season…Duke would have been the best choice for him honestly and it pains me to say that cause I hate Duke.



  41. BradyCat33
    11:14 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Shabazz is a great talent , any basketball player can c that but Howland has no clue how to treat one & dones! ! NONE!!! Should have came too the blue & learn under Cal & he would learn the most important thing of all to these yyoyoung kids SHARING & PLAYING 4 EACH OTHER & NNOT THEIR STATS!!! ITS a,shame, he will make it to the league NO DOUBT, But it wont b with a National Championship Ring! ! Championship ring thats 4 sure! !! ps…. like whhat UNLBV R DOING



  42. Mr Obvious
    11:23 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    See what happens when family/father makes decisions for you.



  43. Mack
    11:23 am November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t this happen to a recruit in the John Wall class who ended up going to Kansas because that was the school his mother or father or maybe both attended and he really didn’t do as well and of course we could have used his 3 point shooting against wvu..



  44. Duuuuuude
    12:00 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Any of you KSR bashers out there have a right to demand a full refund of your subscription. Everybody else out there shut up about the writing.



  45. UKEngr
    12:09 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    “I’m a football fan and I like winning. Bobby Petrino doesn’t have a job right now. He can and did win on the highest level (SEC). I cannot deny that he does have personal issues that he would be bringing to UK. I have weighed these things out as I just care a lot about winning and don’t think these issues will plague him at UK. Alas! Matt Jones doesn’t like Petrino because Matt thinks Petrino is too risky. Because of this disagreement, I am going to hate Matt, KSR, and anyone who agrees with him because I am not getting what I want. I don’t care that Matt has connections from within the program and I only watch on TV, I am still going to call Matt a saboteur who wants UK to suck at football indefinitely.” -Majority of Petrino supporters who comment on KSR (a.k.a. whining babies)

    Tell me if I am wrong with this logic….



  46. MattHater
    12:15 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Man i love Uk but matt and them are starting to get ridiculous i completely agree #15 the piggyback was cool no need to keep stringing it out though. if another team did it matt would be making fun of them. And ok UK didn’t get shabazz who cares we dont need him he made the decision on whats best for him who cares we will still win championships and be kentucky basketball with out him. no need to poke fun at him



  47. gocats1998
    12:16 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Can we make fun of Anus Kanter now??



  48. HaHaHeeHee
    12:18 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    I love the UK football fans that just seem to think that UK can simply go pick a guy to be the coach and that’s it. The rest of the football world will stand still while we make our choice, then everyone waits for a TN or Auburn job as a consolation prize.



  49. barn
    12:26 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    thank god bazz didn’t go to duke. so far they look like they’re going to be a contender come march



  50. HicksPickSix
    12:41 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    This post is further proof that Corey Nichols has absolutely no value to KSR.



  51. UKBlue
    2:00 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Screw Shabazz; like this wasn’t totally predictable.



  52. R. Smith
    3:53 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cal said he doesn’t want takers on his team, only givers.

    I don’t think Shabazz qualifies as a giver