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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:

*The Thunder Rolls: Last week, 5 star recruit Aaron Gordon committed to Arizona over Kentucky. This marks the second consecutive year that a high profile recruit has spurned Kentucky, the first being Shabazz Muhammad in 2012. Does this mean Calipari has lost his mojo? Is UK no longer the “it” school? Have elite recruits started looking at places other than Kentucky? Yes. It was an impressive run while it lasted, sort of, but all good things must come to an end. Perhaps Calipari himself saw the writing on the wall when he opted not to offer a scholarship to McDonald’s All-American and eventual Florida commit Chris Walker, as he knew that a public rejection would only do more damage to his reputation as a guy who just can’t seal the deal. Maybe this is why Cal is always promoting pizza and frozen yogurt instead of coffee. Because coffee is for closers.

*In Another’s Eyes: Last week when Willie Cauley-Stein announced his intention to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, the consensus among Kentucky fans was that this was a good thing. However, there is one person who may not agree. UK commit Dakari Johnson plays the same position as WCS, and he is the one who is most directly impacted by Cauley-Stein’s decision to return. Though Johnson’s public comments indicate that he is pleased with WCS’s decision and that all he’s concerned about is “winning,” he was likely instructed by John Calipari to put a positive public spin on the matter, or else he’d lose what little playing time he would otherwise be getting. When I contacted Johnson’s AAU coach by email, I asked him what his thoughts were, and he said that he too only wanted Dakari to win a championship. However, when I asked him whether he wants his ex-player to have a successful college career, he said “yes.” Translation: “I want him to start and play all 40 minutes.” I then forwarded his response to UK’s basketball office, but there has not yet been a response, which likely means the staff is trying to figure out a way to revoke Johnson’s scholarship. Buckle up, folks. This figures to be a bumpy ride.

*Friends In Low Places: Last week, freshman Alex Poythress announced he will be returning to UK next year. This does not bode well for Kentucky. In previous years, UK has seen several hot-shot freshmen leave Lexington for the riches and glory of the NBA. As a result of all these one-and-dones, Kentucky was known as the best place for elite freshmen to go in order to provide for the families. However, this is no longer the case, as next year’s UK roster will include holdovers such as Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kyle Wiltjer, Jarrod Polson, Tod Lanter, Brian Long and Sam Malone. Meanwhile, the only freshman to leave early is Archie Goodwin. (Nerlens Noel doesn’t count because he was injured and didn’t play much of the season, which means he will be drafted only on potential rather than anything John Calipari did.) In other words, of the 8 underclassmen who, by declaring for the draft could have bolstered UK’s reputation as the place for 5 star recruits to go, only 1 of them was actually developed by the staff as a legitimate NBA prospect. Don’t think this has had an impact on the program? I have two words for you: Robert Morris.

* On this date: On this date in 1987, Indiana was fresh off its last national championship. The TV show “Alf” was popular.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

37 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. westencat
    12:10 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Wish you would quite with Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook to me is is just dumb.Putbetter information on this site.

  2. Monte
    12:14 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    why do we continue to print this idiots articles? No matter what Cal or the Cats do Jerry always finds the dark side. He really is a half empty rather than half full type or writer…

  3. Not a hater
    12:14 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    I love this column personally.

  4. tltaworl
    12:17 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    1. quit doesn’t have an e. More NJT please!

  5. NJT SUX
    12:18 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    The NJT posts are like hearing the same joke, over and over and over again.

  6. caller
    12:19 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    gee, i never thought of that

  7. dave
    12:20 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    njt is apart what makes ksr different from everyone else. stop complaining. better than chris thomas……

  8. slimflannery
    12:28 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    This NJT weekly column is always dripping with sarcasm and spot on. Pretty funny stuff that is a fresh break from the latest info about what new T-shirt one of our 2015 recruits is wearing to the gym.

  9. phil
    12:28 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    njt is awesome

  10. Bobby
    12:30 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    What an idiot. His aau coach said he wanted him to have a successful career and that translates to start and play 40 min? Was the coach suppose to say no? Why would uk be trying to revoke his scholarship? How does this guy have a job?

  11. BobKYCats
    12:31 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Always look forward to the weekly NJT post. Keep it up.

  12. Bobby
    12:31 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    And uk got randle dumba$$. Noone expected Gordon to come here

  13. UKBlue1!
    12:32 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Congrats. You win the Cardinal IQ award.

  14. Jezz
    12:33 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Are these comments sarcastic too or just… ? I… I don’t know what to think.

  15. Brink
    12:34 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    It never stops amazing me how many people don’t get it.

  16. Umm
    12:35 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure if people like 10 are being serious or what.. im with you 14

  17. JR Johnson
    12:36 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Articles like Jerry writes is why i quit taking the Lex.Herald a couple years ago,there is always negativism when any herald sports writers has anything to say about louisville is a different story.pitno is the greatest.
    JR Johnson

  18. Greg
    12:40 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    I think NJT has run its course although the comments from the clueless are entertaining. Time to let Jerry off the hook a bit IMO. We’ve had our fun and now it’s just a little too much.

  19. Glengarry
    12:43 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    coffee is for closers. lmmfao

  20. mark
    12:46 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Most of these comments must be from absolute RETARDS!!!! This is all tongue-in-cheek and could just as well be titled “Not Pat Forde!” If you don’t like what typical haters are probably truly saying about us, then don’t frikkin read it. The rest of us rather enjoy the sarcasm…..

  21. DLN
    12:51 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    #14 and #16 Agreed.

  22. Gap Tooth Danny
    12:54 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Greg 18: NJT has not “run its course”, as long as half of the comments are still taking it seriously. Some Fridays it’s like shooting fish in a barrel!
    Maybe some of the commenters have never read the Lexington Herald-Leader, with the real Jerry Tipton?

  23. Frew Drunklin
    12:55 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    NJT is super awesome.

  24. Frew Drunklin
    12:57 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t even tell who’s serious or joking on here anymore.

  25. John
    12:58 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    NJT is hilarious!

  26. Sir Brandon
    1:04 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Apparently, satire and sarcasm are lost on some readers. What part of most ridiculous manner possible dost ye not understand?
    NJT, you rocketh sir! (or is it madam?)

  27. Z
    1:05 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    #15 – agreed. It really is astounding.

    And the Garth song references are stupendous! Next time Ronnie Milsap!

  28. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    1:14 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Coffee is for closers…classic! First place is a Cadillac; second place is a set of steak knives. Third place is, “You’re fired.”

  29. Dr. Tom
    1:17 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    I actually heard an interview with the real Jerry Tipton on ESPN College Sports satelite radio Wednesday morning and he was very positive of Coach Cal and the UK program. I was impressed!!

  30. I.B.Putbetter
    1:23 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones: Old Jerry must have some compromising pictures of you. Why else would you keep giving him this space?

  31. Chareth Cutestory
    1:44 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    If NJT and RJT were to come face to face, would they negate each other?

  32. 2013 Champs
    1:50 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure the hick who wrote this pieced would have made a comment about uofl not winning since 86. Well you can suck it, because we are the champs and you are not. We did it without a bunch of one and dones, which proves how much better of a coach Rick is than Cow.

  33. Rae
    1:56 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    32. Why is doing more with less always an indicator? And why would you insult your players in such a way as to insinuate they got where they were entirely because of Rick and not on their own merits?

  34. NotAT&T
    2:17 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    More NJT is better, AT&T commercials prove it!

  35. Rgh
    2:38 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    Where does Jerry come up with this negative information. Just be happy we have
    Cal and move on. Looks like this class will win a few games even with Jerry and his thoughts.
    They are worthless.

  36. It’s time for Mr. Tipton to be given the big blue boot. How dare he write this garbage!

  37. the real jerry tippton
    8:21 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    stop publishing this crap.njt is ruining my life. me and everyone at the paper are on food stamps and goverment assitance.”READ THE NEWSPAPER EVERYTHING ON THE INETRNET IS LIES”