By now, you’ve given him his crappy tie, maybe shared a beer with him and bid your farewell, leaving your mother to put up with his nonsensical rantings and endless demands for less vegetables in his daily diet. Father’s Day is officially over. But that doesn’t mean we can’t show a little love to the dads here at KSR. He might be the guy that got you hooked on UK basketball or he might be the guy you hated all your teenage years or he might be both. He might be your biological dad. He might be your stepfather. He might even be a damn good guy who took you to Little League practices or taught you how to shave when he didn’t need to. No matter who he is, it’s what he does that makes him your dad. And whether you’ve grown into a good guy or an obnoxious A-hole, he’s helped make you you. So, as someone who is lucky enough to be a dad myself, I hope you showed the old son of a gun some love Sunday. Being a father should get easier after you see the placenta shoot out, but it doesn’t. It’s a tough job and I have all the respect in the world for those of you that do it. Happy belated Father’s Day to you and to your father(s) as well. You’re doing good work.
A few UK notes…
– We are now officially inside NBA Draft week, which means there will be some last minute jostling for position and a handful of goofy profiles (Enes Kanter knows English!) as the media limps toward the finish line. Kanter and Brandon Knight will be in the green room for the event, along with John Calipari, while DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson probably just missed the invitation cut. Knight still appears to be pretty much locked in at the third-overall pick to the Jazz, but Enes’ uncertain landing spot could move him around. Mock drafts have Enes in the 2, 3, 4 and 6 spots and Enes’ agent confidently declared that a second workout with the Cavs was an audition for the top overall pick. Meanwhile, Liggins still looks like he’s going to land in the second round and Josh Harrellson might not hear his name called. Both players did their best to improve their stock Sunday in a private workout for the Philadelphia 76ers.
– One thing that will also be interesting to follow this week is the potential NCAA fallout or response from a fan uprising following Kentucky being forced to clarify John Calipari’s win total. The swell of online support from Kentucky fans was tremendously strong and some media members – Jay Bilas being the most notable – joined in to point out the widespread practice of counting vacated wins and only singling out John Calipari as the one who had to retract the citing of vacated victories. The NCAA comes off as too arrogant and inconsistent to actually be willing to wipe the egg of their face and fix things properly, so it wouldn’t shock me if they just buried their head in the pile of s–t they’ve created and pretended that they don’t see or hear anything. But, the entire Calipari targeting started with a fan complaint and there’s now a public document with the organization shrugging off Calipari’s accusations of being targeted, so there is hope. It’s a tiny shred of hope, but it’s there.
– This weekend also brought a conclusion to the NBA Player’s Association Camp in Virginia with UK target Nerlens Noel being named Most Outstanding Underclassmen. Noel, a 2013 prospect, is a name that Kentucky fans will become very familiar with over the next 12 months or so as the Cats continue to push hard to land his services. He’s ranked as the top center in the class by all three of the major services and has one of the greatest flat-tops to ever grace a basketball court. He makes a name for himself as a defensive player right now and has drawn comparisions to Marcus Camby, but the 6’10” Massachusetts native is rapidly improving as an offensive player. He should reach full blown mancrush status by Christmas.
– The other buzz coming from the event came from the Cats being placed in the top three of Kuran Iverson, a 6’8″ small forward with a fairly solid flat-top and top-15 ranking in the class of 2013. The Cats joined UConn and Syracuse in the top three of Iverson’s list, meaning that we’re going to see people ask if he’s related to Allen Iverson in the comments section about 2.5 million times over the next year or so. Spoiler: He’s his cousin. And he’s not named after the Islamic holy book, so chill out.
– It was the weekend, so that means there was an angry storm circling the Herald-Leader regarding their coverage of the Kentucky basketball program. This time, it came from a relative unknown name Franklin Renfro, who had an interesting take on Terrence Jones, which was first pointed out on A Sea of Blue. Here is the excerpt:
Terrance Jones said he came back to UK because college was “just too fun” and, while that’s refreshing, can it really be fun being an ugly ducking on a roster that considers a two-year wait to reach the NBA a jail sentence? Besides, in John Calipari’s revolving-door recruiting strategy, it’s bad for business.
You spelled “Terrence” wrong, dummy.
– Finally, there were a lot of great updates coming out of Kentucky’s Friday Night Lights event this weekend. Aaron recapped it a bit here and will have more this week. In the meantime, keep that football sports boner raging by reading a number of interviews with some of the visitors on his site. You can check them out here.
That’s it for now. Make sure you stick around throughout the day as we make your dreams come true and make you think that this is forever. Matt will be by at 10am to get the party started with Kentucky Sports Radio on Talk Radio 1080. After that, we’ll post some other stuff. In the meantime, celebrate the reign of Miss California, who supports medical marijuana for people to use medically…
See you in a few…