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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The 2012-13 season is mercifully over, and despite having the #1 ranked recruiting class in the country, Kentucky failed to make the NCAA Tournament, and were unceremoniously dispatched in the First Round of the NIT by Robert Morris. Hard to see things being any different in 2013-14. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Everything Counts: The ever-objective Rick Bozich caused waves with Kentucky fans earlier this week when he says he was told that NBA scouts were “turned off” by the body language exhibited by Kentucky’s Wonder Twins, Aaron and Andrew Harrison. At first blush, this seemed like sour grapes from the long-suffering Indiana alum and Louisville apologist, yet upon further review, Bozich is totally on to something. In reviewing tapes of the various all-star games in which the Harrisons played, they can be seen talking to refs, pleading with teammates to try hard, exhibiting emotion and showing an overall desire to beat their opponents. This year’s Kentucky team had its share of issues, but it definitely wasn’t plagued with this problem. NBA scouts were right to take notice of such behavior. These were just exhibition games, and if the twins are that hell-bent on winning those, who knows what kind of stunts they’ll pull when the bright lights are shining on them next season. And not to compare the programs, but I did notice that there were no Louisville recruits who embarrassed themselves in the Nike Hoop Summit. Or the Jordan Brand Classic. Or the McDonald’s All-American game. Louisville 1st, Class 4ever.

*People Are People: One underreported story line from last weekend’s Nike Hoop Summit involved the only UK commit to have played in the game who is an underclassman: Karl Towns hates America. Though he lives and plays in New Jersey, he opted to play for the World team, which, as it turns out, was formed with one goal in mind: Beat the Americans. His lineage isn’t exactly clear, but I do know that he speaks with no trace of a foreign accent, which makes one wonder why he would choose to play against the Americans, rather than with the Americans. And this is the continuation of a disturbing trend under John Caliapri: First, Kyle Wiltjer played against America. Then, Towns played against America. And to top it all off, Kentucky is actively recruiting another non-American, Andrew Wiggins. This can hardly be seen as a surprise, however, given that John Calipari chose to coach the Dominican Republic national team, rather than the U.S. national team. Guess Coach Cal thinks these colors DO run.

*Blasphemous Rumours: On Monday, it was announced that Andrew Wiggins was canceling in-home visits with North Carolina, Kansas and Florida State. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Reading the tea leaves, it is clear that of the four schools he was considering, Wiggins has only eliminated one: The University of Kentucky. Obviously, if he were ready to eliminate the other 3 schools, he would have proceeded with the visits so that he could have told the coaches “thanks, but no thanks.” Of course, Wiggins did visit with Coach Cal a few weeks ago, when he presumably expressed that exact sentiment to Calipari. This is probably why Cal continues to recruit other players, because he knows Andrew Wiggins is taking his talents elsewhere.

* On this date: On this date in 3918, Louisville fans will still be saying “Robert Morris.”

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

25 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Eay E or Eric Wright it's all the same
    12:10 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    The “People Are People” passage is without a doubt some of your best work, NJT.

  2. wildcat
    12:13 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    george jones died RIP to the possum

  3. Chaz
    12:15 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    You would look younger in WCS’s new frames. Maybe.

  4. Scott Baio
    12:18 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Your best work yet NJT! “Guess Coach Cal thinks these colors DO run”, classic!!

  5. Jeff
    12:18 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Is it me or was this article all negative crap? He’s convinced Wiggins isn’t coming to UK.

  6. Rockfield, KY
    12:21 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I’m one angry, farred up redneck. If you don’t love American, you can geet out! Ya heer that terrorists?

  7. me
    12:23 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Why is this guy still on the site?? He’s always negative (to a ludicrous degree) and he’s also an idiot.

  8. WhatwouldIdoforaklondikebar
    12:23 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Rest in piece to George Jones! May you be free of the alcohol urge once and for all!

  9. Frew Drunklin
    12:26 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    This is some of your best work ever NJT. Keep it up!

  10. Straight-talk
    12:27 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #5 and #7
    It is SUPPOSED to be negative!
    How many times does it need to be repeated…this is sarcasm…a parody on Tipton’s negativity!

  11. general
    12:28 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    This guy is right as rain. Kentucky has lots of trouble coming their way.

  12. general
    12:29 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #9 – That’s what she said.

  13. C-Bass
    12:31 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

  14. Big Blue B-Rad
    12:42 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    On this date in 5428, Louisville fans will still be saying Robert Morris AND Indiana fans will continue to celebrate their buzzer beater that beat UK!

  15. CatsfanMike
    12:42 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I understand this article is sarcasm each week but I really don’t like it. The first few times were funny but it has run its course. Please discontinue!!

  16. Big Blue B-Rad
    12:44 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    15) I respectfully disagree. It takes alot of creativity to take these things and twist them to be something negative.

  17. B-dubb
    12:51 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Love the Depeche Mode reference!

  18. Just Get It
    1:24 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Until there is a comment section where EVERY person gets what NJT is all about, this will continue, as it should! You’d think the “Not” would help people or reading comments, but it just doesn’t…

  19. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:28 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    10 – They got you my friend. They know.

  20. Dutch
    2:26 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I say to the Louisville fans! ( MOREHEAD STATE) lol

  21. ajhjack
    2:43 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    My Fridays are not complete without reading “This does not bode well for Kentucky”

  22. Big Blue B-Rad
    3:33 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    20) Love it Dutch!

  23. Teachable Mo'
    4:17 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Is complaining about complaining about complaining the new in-joke?

  24. dablueman
    5:34 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    In 3918 will still be saying Robert Morris and celebrating their 4th national championship

  25. Dee W.
    9:46 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Okay, folks…even if you, like me, are not in Lexington Herald Leader area and never heard of Jerry Tipton before, the name of the writer is “Not Jerry Tipton”…NOT Jerry Tipton. I have read through several of these and cannot believe the number of people complaining about how “Jerry” or “Mr. Tipton” needs to have his column pulled from KSR given how he is so negative on Kentucky. Then some who come on after people call them out who say “okay, I understand this is supposed to be sarcasm…” – not just sarcasm, but satire. Folks, it is “Not Jerry Tipton” – *NOT* Jerry Tipton.