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Kevin Durant’s Wednesday News and Views

This photo of a teacher reunited with one of his students who was pulled from the rubble is particularly moving.

The stories don’t stop coming out of Moore, Oklahoma after Monday’s devastating tornadoes. Some stories are tragic, some are heartwarming, and some give you faith in mankind, like the news that NBA superstar Kevin Durant is donating $1 million to tornado relief. Durant has been in Oklahoma City for five years, and in a message through his foundation, said that he considers the town his home:

“As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see. I call Oklahoma City my home. I go through Moore all the time. It’s unfortunate. We’re going to come together as a city like we always do and we’re going to bounce back.”

Durant was in Minneapolis during the tornadoes, but says he hopes to be back in Oklahoma City on Wednesday to continue to give back:

“Just to get to the hospital, see some kids. Something. Just something to give some hope. Playing for the Thunder, we mean so much to the state. So many people support us and I just want to go back and support those people.”

Good on ya, Kevin. Let’s all do the same by donating what we can to the victims through the Red Cross.

— The big news of the day was the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the number one pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. However, with their cap space, two first round picks and interest in improving fast, there were reports on Tuesday night that the Cavs are going to investigate trading the number one pick. If they keep the pick, it is widely expected that they will select Nerlens Noel. It’s a win-win for both parties: Nerlens gets to join forces with Kyrie Irving and potentially another top pick next season; and Cleveland gets a player that, once rehabbed, will have an immediate impact inside. Chad Ford said that Nerlens “might be the perfect fit for the Cavs” due to his compatible defensive presence and the fact that they can be patient for him to fully recover because of bigs Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller. Ford also said that barring any bad news about his knee (NBA docs evaluate him this weekend), he thinks Nerlens will be a Cavalier.

Smile, Nerlens, you’re probably headed to Cleveland!


(The size of Nerlens’ hand in this .gif might haunt me forever.)

— Right now, Draft Express has Nerlens going first to the Cavs, and Archie Goodwin going 30th to the Phoenix Suns, while Chad Ford left Archie out of his mock first round. Here’s the complete first round draft order:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto Raptors)
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers)
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors)
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies)
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat)

— Bill Simmons had to go and troll the BBN with this possibility on Twitter: if you were the Cavs, would you trade the number one pick to Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins? Hmmm…

— Another Cat will have a shot at making a team when Julius Mays works out in the Brooklyn Nets’ league-wide NBA combine on Thursday. The combine features five-on-five competition between potential second rounders. Mays is scheduled to play with Pierre Jackson (Baylor), Travis Releford (Kansas), Marshawn Powell (Arkansas) and Alex Oriakhi (Missouri) in Thursday’s 11:15 a.m. session. Last week, Mays worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Toronto Raptors. If Uncle Julius makes a team, Calipari is officially the king of getting players in the league. Game over, end of story, give him the scepter.

— The baseball team’s season ended on Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament. The team’s late season collapse is truly disappointing, as they were ranked as high as seventh at times this year. The loss also kills any postseason dreams the Bat Cats have. The Bat Cats ended the season with a 30-25 record after a 22-6 start. Ouch.

— Rivals updated their 250 for 2014 on Tuesday, and some future Cats jumped up the list. Drew Barker moved up to #117 from #153, Mikel Horton up to #131 from #209, and Thaddeus Snodgrass jumped on the list at #205.

— Cincinnati safety Mike Edwards reportedly enjoyed his trip to UK on Monday, and according to current 2014 commitment Mikel Horton, will be a Cat soon. Horton said that Edwards is a “UK lover,” and that he feels they’ve “got him.” What about Edwards’ BFF Darius West, who came in at #185 on the Rivals250? Horton called West a “hell of an athlete” that “gets the job done,” and said that West tells him loves Kentucky, but also has interest in Louisville. West will announce his decision on May 30th, while Edwards has yet to set an announcement date. They’ve both said that they plan on playing on the same team at the next level.

— Another exciting week rolls on, with a huge slate of radio guests set to end the week. On Thursday, Matthew Mitchell will be in-studio to co-host with Matt, and on Friday, Matt and Drew will travel to Floyd County where Cleveland superhero Charles Ramsey will be doing a public appearance. Ramsey has agreed to come on the radio show, which is just about the most exciting thing to happen around here since BTI came back. Don’t miss out. ramsey-mitchell

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

25 Comments for Kevin Durant’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. lexslamman
    11:09 pm May 21, 2013 Permalink

    Charles Ramsey? Great googily-moogily, KSR has hit the big time!

  2. alan
    11:11 pm May 21, 2013 Permalink

    think of all the programs who’s centerpieces are former kentucky players. Wizards, Kings, Hornets, Possibly Bobcats in the future, and Nerlens would be a vital part to the Cavs if thats where he lands (hopefully).

  3. Chaz
    11:34 pm May 21, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing to see here unless KSR has lined up The Truth to argue IU vs OSU with him. Truth would BBQ Ramsey’s salsa.

  4. Wildcatsteeler
    11:44 pm May 21, 2013 Permalink

    If I were the Cavs I would trade the number 1 pick for Cousins. I can’t see a trade like that happening though.

  5. Nick
    11:48 pm May 21, 2013 Permalink

    With the cavs as my second-favorite team in all of sports (I was born in oh an raised in ky), I could not be happier. Nerlens will be the perfect running mate with Kyrie! Go Cats and Go Cavs! I just hope the cavs don’t pull the usual cleveland sports move and trade the pick in an incredibly stupid deal

  6. SadCat
    11:50 pm May 21, 2013 Permalink

    4, wildcatsteeler
    Duh, do you think??

  7. Yeah right
    12:25 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    There is no way Julius Mays gets picked. Keep in mind, just because a player gets invited to one of these predraft camps, doesn’t mean they are NBA material or a team is considering drafting them. Players are brought in as workout competition for the better prospects all the time. He is nothing more than NBa predraft workout completion material.

    Mays career will be starting overseas.

  8. Nick
    12:44 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    @#7, good lord what a hater. Love you uncle Julius

  9. Kevin C.
    1:40 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    It’s funny seeing that last pic, because I’ve always thought Mitchell acted like he was half-black at times.

  10. Realist
    6:16 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    So…Charles Ramsey has exactly what relation to UK Sports??

  11. SexnNursinHomes
    6:55 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    “I knew something was wrong when a grown ass white man (Matt Jones) ran into the arms of a black man. Dead giveaway.”

  12. That's Idiotic
    7:13 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    #10 You are a fool, ones race doesn’t shape their personality, that’s called stereotyping. Maybe you should read a little more or take a Sociology class, jerk.

  13. Sito
    7:15 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    With Cal as our coach, don’t be surprised if Polson and Hood get NBA tryouts and even Alex Poythress

  14. Sito
    7:31 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    We will hang out hat on women’s softball
    Have you heard of air raid or the twins?
    You will soon

  15. Really?
    7:33 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    I have so much respect for this site and love reading all the articles. But you guys and this Julius mays crap has got to stop. He sucks. Always has. He had one big game and you all can’t get off his sack. Not to mention he is the reason nerlens was ever in that position to hurt his knee last season. He won’t make a nba roster. Won’t even get close. Can’t wait to read the disappointing article you will enevitably be writing about Julius not making the squad. Rant over.

  16. Sito
    7:41 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Just being invited for an NBA tryout is an honor
    If he doesn’t make an NBA team, he can play in Slovenia or Starvinia and keep living his hoops dream

  17. bil
    8:24 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Great picture. If white people and black people could get along llike this the US would be a better place to live. All these blacks that claim that all white people are racists are racists themselves. This white man truly cares about the welfare of this little black boy.

  18. Smh
    8:32 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    13…You are naive…race has a huge impact on personality. Not a bad thing though, celebrate diversity!

  19. henryvillecat
    8:59 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    If you want to donate money to the people in OK then I would urge you to seek out a different organization than the Red Cross. Your donations go into a general fund with them and may not be used in OK at all. They were here in Henryville after our tornado and most people had poor experiences with them. Find a local charity there or a group like Samaritans Purse, Convoy of Hope, or Three Nails Project to donate funds to. They do good work.

  20. Why SMH ?
    9:18 am May 22, 2013 Permalink


    Personalities are shaped through life experiences, social interactions, and some genetic makeup. Race plays absolutely no factor. Soc 101 try it.

  21. Why SMH ?
    9:20 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    #19 sorry 18

  22. Jacob Brooks
    10:13 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Mikel Horton will go down as one if the best RBs in UK history

  23. Ay yi yi
    11:44 am May 22, 2013 Permalink

    @21 Wouldnt genetic makeup have a relation to race? Its not a big deal but you seem to act like you know so much more than the other commentors and your comments are slightly off base.

  24. GoBigBlue
    12:14 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Cleveland does not draft Nerlens. Cleveland is where dreams die. Even their hometown hero and best current player on the planet bailed. I live in Cincinnati and we can always count on Cleveland being worse no matter how bad Cincinnati sports are.