Private eyes – watching you.
Just a little late Saturday round up while you’re all out celebrating Drew Franklin’s birthday…
— We tend to give Jerry Tipton a lot of grief on this site, and while most of it is deserved, the good doctor is actually a pretty good journalist. He just chooses to make controversy when there isn’t, much to the chagrin of his target audience. Nevertheless, Tipton published a pretty good piece earlier today about a story that was on no one’s radar. It looks like the NCAA and UK have been having a bit of a lovers quarrel, this time not over Enes Kanter. You see, when Kentucky beat Florida at home this year, not only was it a win for the Wildcats, but it marked John Calipari’s 500th win as an NCAA division 1 coach. This didn’t take Calipari’s vacated wins from Memphis and UMass into account though, and after a complaint was filed with the NCAA by what Sandy Bell labeled a “fan of a rival program,” the NCAA’s committee of infractions has been trying to get Kentucky to issue a correction about the statement. Frankly it all seems a little silly. I mean, the games happened, Calipari coached them to wins, does the NCAA really care that much if we gave him a commemorative ball for the 500th time he coached the winning team? It seems like the NCAA is trying to convince us all that something that happened didn’t really happen. News flash to the NCAA – you may think you have that kind of power, but you really don’t.
Anyways, if you’d like to read what Good ol’ Jerry wrote about this, you can do so here.
— Marquis Teague played again today, in the second of two games between the Indiana all stars and the Kentucky ones. Teague didn’t have as many points this time around – and he didn’t have the game winner – but he still played a pretty solid game with 12 points and 5 assists. There were some complaints about his turnovers in yesterdays game, but a few during an all star game really isn’t reason for concern. When Teague has had a chance to get used to his team mates, learn Calipari’s system, and get more settled in, it shouldn’t amount to much. What we did learn is that he has the same type of quickness we’re used to seeing with Calipari lead guards, he can shoot when he needs to, and he knows how to pass out of the middle. If Teague wants to continue the tradition of super star Calipari guards, expect to see more of all those things.
— Meanwhile, both Josh Harrellson and Deandre Liggins seemed to have a good end of the week working out for NBA teams. Jorts worked out with Sacramento and from the sounds of it, had a pretty good showing there. In his post work out interviews Jorts mentioned hearing he could expect to get drafted anywhere from late first to early second, which would be great for the kid. He also mentioned that he would love to come to Sacramento to play with “Big Cuz” and that “maybe they’ll draft Brandon Knight too, and we can just have a whole Kentucky team out here.” I don’t think I have to tell you how great that would be.
— As far as Deandre goes, it’s a little tougher to get a read on how his process has been going. From all accounts it looks to be moving along well, as he has been having great work outs for a number of teams (including a solid defensive performance with Chicago this weekend,) but it really all comes down to one team feeling that they need Deandre. We likely won’t know the answer to that until draft day though, unfortunately, as any team that believes they can get Liggins as a steal in the draft probably isn’t going to publicize their interest in him. So it’s definitely a wait and see game for him… but I could definitely get behind Liggins to the Bulls. Just seems like a good fit – what about you guys?
Oh, and if your life has been missing it’s June dose of Crazy Ron-Ron, here’s a good prank Jimmy Kimmel pulled on Ron Artest the other night on his talk show.