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Las Vegas’ Tuesday News and Views

May 15th is a date so rich with history, I had a hard time narrowing it down to one single moment. We could celebrate the debut of Mickey Mouse, the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia, the birth of Emmitt Smith, or the creation of the United States Department of Agriculture, which led to the expansion of Richie Farmer’s gun cabinet. All great moments in history. But instead of toasting to Ryan Leaf or pouring one out for Emily Dickinson, this week’s Tuesday News and Views is dedicated to Las Vegas, the city that rarely giveth and loves to taketh away.

Las Vegas was established as a railroad town on Quince de Mayo in 1905, when 12,000 lots owned by the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad were auctioned off in a single day. A bunch of stuff happened after that and now it’s a city full of bright lights, luxurious hotels, exquisite dining, gaming, entertainment, peroxide and silicone. To quote The Sound of Music, those are a few of my favorite things. Throw in In-N-Out Burger, breakfast at Hash House A Go Go, and Joey at Tao nightclub, and it can only be described as Heaven on Earth.


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Moving on..

 While you and I visit Sin City for all those things that send people to hell, Anthony Davis will be visiting Las Vegas this summer to compete for a spot on Team USA. On Monday, Davis and James Harden were added to the pool of basketball talent for the U.S. Olympic team. The original 20-man preliminary roster from January has already lost four players to injury: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, Magic center Dwight Howard, Clippers guard Chauncey Billups and Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The final 12-man roster will be announced on July 7, thanks to an extension from the original June 18 deadline.

Charles Robinson, who is covering the US Olympic team for Yahoo! Sports, said he’d be shocked if Davis doesn’t make the team. If he does, he’ll be the first player to represent Amurrica in the Olympics with no NBA experience since some guy from Duke did it in 1992.


 Davis will be playing against a couple of his own basketball family members when he trains for the Olympics this summer. DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall are on the roster for USA Select, the team that’ll practice against the Olympic team in Sin City. The two teams will train from July 6-11.

 Tuesday is judgment day for Kentucky target Amile Jefferson, and it’s not looking good for the Cats. Jefferson will likely choose between NC State and Duke when he announces his decision at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. It seemed like Kentucky stood a chance when Jefferson continued to push back his announcement, but it’s looking like he’s heading to the ACC, where everyone has expected him to go since January. It’s an interesting decision, considering the best opportunity for playing time and a national title is in Lexington. Oh well.

 The loss of Amile Jefferson only means Kentucky has a better shot at landing the recently freed Montrezl Harrell. Harrell isn’t ranked as high as Jefferson by the national recruiting services, but if you compare the two players’ highlights, Harrell almost seems like the better option for Kentucky. He provides a strong, physical presence in the post and he’s an excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor. It’s the perfect mold for a sidekick to Nerlens Noel and the exact opposite of what UK already has in Kyle Wiltjer. He would give Kentucky the opportunity to play around with the lineup to match up with whatever the opponent puts in the paint. The downside of his game is that he’s too short for his position (we heard the same thing about Jarnell Stokes) but I’m sure that big guy with the flattop would be more than happy to lend a helping hand from the other side.

 The NCAA rules committee must’ve seen a lot of UK games last season because they aren’t happy with the way blocks and charges have been called. To straighten things out, the committee approved guidelines to help better administer these rules:

— Before the offensive player (with the ball) becomes airborne, the defender must have two feet on the floor, be facing the opponent and be stationary to draw a charge. Otherwise it should be a blocking foul.

— Secondary defenders (help defenders) moving forward or to the side are also in violation, and these should be blocking fouls.

— Contact that is “through the chest” is not de facto proof of a charge. The rule in its entirety must be considered before determining a foul.

— In some cases, it appears that a defender is being rewarded solely for being outside the arc, without considering the other aspects of the rules.


 The rules committee also recommended a new rule to ban temporary decals and logos on the playing surface that may cause players to slip. The rules committee asked for “consistency in the surface,” and I’m told the NCAA responded by asking, “What the hell is consistency???”

I’m here all week. Tip your servers and bartenders.

 What’s the world record for most Yahoo! top stories in a one-month span? Terrence Jones is chasing it. Jones made Yahoo!’s front page yet again on Monday after surprising his mother with a brand new Cadillac.

He’s on pace to win Yahoo! Man of the Year.

 Indiana and North Carolina were both dropped from Kentucky’s basketball schedule for next season, so what are the two teams doing to bounce back? They’re playing against each other. Indiana will host North Carolina at Assembly Hall on November 27 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Good luck with that, UNC. The Hoosiers aren’t the most hospitable group of individuals we’ve ever encountered.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

39 Comments for Las Vegas’ Tuesday News and Views

  1. Tom Crean
    11:07 pm May 14, 2012 Permalink

    I think everyone should play at Assembly Hall. Why not have all tourney games there? If you disagree, then you are a coward. Hoo hoo !

  2. Hoo Hoo
    11:09 pm May 14, 2012 Permalink

    I think uk would kill iu and Tom “cream” Crean begged to get out.

    Personally Im glad it’s over because I’m tired of uk whipping the floor with our dirty chicken humpin but ts

  3. UK Homer
    11:14 pm May 14, 2012 Permalink

    To this day, I have no idea how to pronounce “Amile.” if he doesn’t come to UK, then I’m not sure I ever will. It’s call relevancy, son, do you want it? Commit to Cal.

  4. Hicks
    11:25 pm May 14, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, you’re awesome, but the recruiting gurus have them ranked that way for a reason, they don’t just watch highlight videos like us. And mark my words Wiltjer will have as good of, if not a better NBA career than Jarnell Stokes. Ole Jimmy Dykes really got in our heads on that one.

  5. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    11:28 pm May 14, 2012 Permalink

    3) uh-MEAL

    also, Tony Trocha is flying under the radar. If Harrell goes elsewhere, don’t be surprised if Trocha is a ‘Cat. Raw prospect, but people say he could be a lottery pick in a couple of years.

  6. Dave
    12:01 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Harrell may be a bit undersized at 6-7 but his 7-4 wingspan makes up for quite a lot

  7. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    12:04 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Not to nitpick, but I think Emeka was on the olympic team right after winning the 2004 NCAA tourney.

  8. LoganBleedsBlue
    12:16 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    So glad to hear they are doing something about the charge block calls. If they didn’t it could of gotten to the point of ruining college bball.

  9. Kevin C.
    12:16 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    How exactly does TJ buy his mom a new Cadillac so fast? Did his newly-inked agent give him a huge advance??? That’s the only way I see it being possible….without giving cause for the NCAA to come snoopin’…

  10. 2020
    12:22 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    The rules committee must have seen replays of the charge call Stokes drew while sliding laterally 4 feet after Teague left the ground. That call alone was worthy of the rules committee spending time to re-clarify the rule for refs who failed to read it the first time.

  11. Blarge
    12:24 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    An I on the endangered species list?

  12. rodgers
    12:27 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    #9 havent you heard the players have been signing autographs for $ for a month
    he signed with an agent

    who wouldnt give him a loan

  13. Jimmy Dykes
    12:30 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Fewer charges = More driving the nail

  14. cracka
    1:00 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    i’m pretty sure any dealership would give a car to a lottery pick and say pay me in a couple months even if an agent isn’t involved, if you were about to sign a multi-million dollar contract, would you sit down and argue back and forth over that last $500 on the price … nope

    3 – please tell me you don’t think pronouncing amile is tougher then montrezl

    harrell may be an undersized power forward in the nba, but not in college … according to, there are 3 pf ranked as 5* and 21 ranked as 4*, those 24 guys average 6’7.6″ and 209 lbs, he is listed at 6’7″ and 235 … sooooooo (yeah, i did the math)

    thank goodness they are going to look at the charges, there were so many calls i disagreed with last year – not just uk games

  15. BPsycho
    1:00 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    “Consistency? We don’t need no stinking consistency, we run this ****.”


  16. UK24/7
    1:39 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

  17. 00BBN00
    2:20 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    The “Block/Charge” call is the most difficult and contraversial call in basketball. It’s difficult to be looking in the perfect spot and registering all the things that happen in a lot of these situations. Last off season the NCAA made a big deal about it by adding the arc underneath the basket. This caused a lot of referees decide to err on the side of “charge” in situations they were unsure. With what they are saying now officials will reverse their thinking and call “block” instead. Either way there will be PLENTY of missed calls. It’s not that these guys don’t know the rule book, it’s that they are so limited to make these calls in an instant. I do not envy any ref, ump, side line judge, whatever!

  18. Joey
    5:41 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Perhaps you should research Las Vegas before you write about it. The Strip (in the picture) is not officially in Las Vegas. That is considered Paradise, Nevada. Las Vegas doesn’t officially start until you head down town. The airport and the strip hotels are in Paradise. Just saying…

  19. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    6:03 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    smh @ 18

  20. SexnNursinHomes
    6:32 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    There were some other rules that almost passed fromt he NCAA.

    1. UK is only allowed 2 MIckey D’s a year
    2. Teams playing against UK are granted 4 points for every shot made. 3’s count as 6’s.
    3. UK defenders are not allowed to jump on block shot attempts
    4. UK is limited to 50 points a gamne. If they score 51 points, their point total goes back to 0.

  21. NOTCraig
    6:41 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    So, #18, do you feel relevant now?

  22. Whaaa???
    6:42 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    18 – Did you just get out of Nerd class??? Go Away!!!

  23. GA
    6:47 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Michael Porter arrested for sexual abuse..

  24. Michael Porter
    6:48 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    News stations reporting I am in jail for sexual abuse.

  25. SexnNursinHomes
    6:56 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    25- seriously? damnation. If true, I hope he rots in prison.

  26. barn
    7:10 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    9–he’s no longer in college. it’s not unusual for agents to front money to their clients. there’s nothing improper about it

  27. Real Cats Fan
    7:39 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe all the trolls trying to make something out of TJ buying his mother a car before he signs with a team. Agent advance or not, most respectable looking folks with a pulse can walk into a dealership and drive out of there with a new car.

    Kudos to the NCAA for addressing the “blarge”. If you can’t defend your man, you should not be rewarded for running into the player and flopping on the floor. This is not acting school.

  28. UKnum1WildcatFan
    7:45 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, Why do you keep saying that Bloomington is not the most hospitable place to play? It’s playing on the road!!! We are UK!!! What do you expect them to do? Roll out the red carpet for us? Provide us breakfast in bed the morning before the game? Why in the world do you keep saying that? I defend/trust Cal on everything, but I can’t use that as an excuse to not play in Bloomington. He didn’t use it as an excuse the way I’m hearing it from you, if he did, he would lose some of my respect, but he didn’t.

  29. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:03 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think that the block/charge rule needed changing. There are too many games that the final score is in the 50’s. They need to encourage more offense.

  30. Drew Franklin
    8:09 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    29. — I loved the game in Bloomington. They also “aren’t the most hospitable group of individuals we’ve encountered.”

    Where did I say we need breakfast?

  31. UKnum1WildcatFan
    8:20 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    31. – When I continue to read how they aren’t the “most hospitable” group of fans we’ve ever encountered, and continuously keep hearing those specific words, “most hospitable”, it sounds as if you expect them to lay down the red carpet for you as you stroll into town. NO NO NO. This is why I love sports!! You are entering enemy territory, do you really expect them to be “hospitable”?

  32. Drew Franklin
    8:35 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    32. — That’s the first time I’ve used those words. Take your complaint on down the road.

  33. UK Homer
    8:53 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    14 – same goes for Montrezl, but Amile has the chance to be relevant TODAY.

  34. BlueFins
    9:47 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    The Hoosier fans are going to make O’Roy cry with their hatred.

  35. RUPPS_rhetoric
    9:59 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    9) Really? How does TJ buy a car for his mom? Are you a moron? Have you ever purchased a vehicle? You don’t pay for it up front. Let me simplify this for you… You make a down payment (or not depending on the case) and set up monthly payments. The dude has been raking it in with Autographs over the past month. He EASILY has enough to put down a measly down payment to buy a car. Not to mention the cash advance his agent gave him. And that’s not even getting into the credit he has available to him now that he’s a projected NBA lottery pick. TJ is sitting flush right now and that has ZERO NCAA implications. Go troll somewhere else. If I could I would punch you through the computer screen at your ignorance. Good day sir!

  36. lalablue
    11:33 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    32. Ever hear of sportsmanship? Teams and fans don’t expect red carpets but like they don’t relish bodily harm and over-the-top hostility either. Roy Williams will take his guys off the floor if they treat NC like they treated UK.

  37. best1978
    11:50 am May 15, 2012 Permalink

    32 does enemy territory resulting in females having their legs broken going a little too far. I won’t even mention cursing at little children.

  38. Megan
    1:11 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I will be perusing the UNC blogs after the game to read the outrage at IU fan behavior. When UNC came to Lexington, you heard none of that from UNC fans. One UNC guy hooked up with a couple before the game, went back to their place for (more) bourbon, and had nothing but kind things to say about how he was treated inside and outside of Rupp. There was a mutual respect. I expect to hear something quite different come November 27.