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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:

*Sometimes You Just Can’t Win: Kentucky took a massive P.R. hit last week when the NCAA decided that Duke was guilty of no wrongdoing in the Lance Thomas case. Thomas, of course, is the former Blue Devil who — while a student-athlete at Duke — walked into a jewelry shop with $30,000 in cash and proceeded to purchase $97,000 worth of jewelry. The store owner extended him $67,000 of credit, even though he was a college student at the time with no apparent means to pay the debt. By clearing Thomas, the NCAA only brought attention to the fact that it had previously punished John Calipari and UMass for essentially the exact same thing back in 1996, when Marcus Camby accepted jewelry from an agent. Though the NCAA has yet to explain what exactly differentiates the Camby case from the Thomas case, one can only assume that there has to be a significant difference between the two situations, because why would they punish UMass but not Duke? Whatever UMass and Calipari did back then, it must have been really bad. The longer the powers-that-be in Indianapolis remain silent, the worse this looks for Kentucky.

*I Can’t Get There From Here: It is currently the offseason, which means just one thing in Lexington: John Calipari is openly soliciting NBA head coaching jobs. Despite the fact that Kentucky’s season ended over 7 weeks ago, Calipari has yet to publicly announce that he is not interested in any NBA coaching job. Though he has made several public appearances this Spring, and his tweeted about topics ranging from yogurt to books to smart cars, he has conspicuously opted not to vehemently deny interest in becoming an NBA head coach again. Is John Calipari’s steadfast refusal to publicly deny rumors that he desires an NBA job the sole reason that Andrew Wiggins has yet to commit to Kentucky? Yes. Yes it is.

*We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds: The NBA playoffs are currently being contested. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Last season, UK uber-frosh Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were selected first and second overall by the New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats, respectively. However, despite investing significant sums of money in these players, neither teams was able to make the playoffs this year. In fact, New Orleans is so eager to distance itself from its mistake that the franchise has opted to change its nickname to “Pelicans.” By comparison, look at ex-Louisville standout Earl Clark. He’s made the postseason a staggering 4 times in his brief career, undoubtedly as a result of what he learned under the tutelage of his college coach, Rick Pitino. Is John Calipari’s failure to develop players good enough to lead their teams to the playoffs the sole reason that Andrew Wiggins has yet to commit to Kentucky? Yes. Yes it is.

* On this date: On this date in 2023, Andrew Wiggins will still be deciding where he wants to attend college.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

17 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. well...
    12:06 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hahaha. That is all.

  2. OnThisDate
    12:14 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    On February 23, 1995 sports websites that did not exist on that date will tell you today that Andrew Wiggins started deliberations per his college career. He was less than one minute old.

  3. Wow
    12:46 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    2. One thing I have learned today is that you are obviously not the mystery author of the NJT posts. That was absolutely terrible.

  4. Wow
    12:46 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Get this guy out of here, we don’t need negative stuff like this on a pro UK sports site!

  5. UGH....
    12:51 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Well as usual the only thing even half ass worth a smile was the * On This Date: part. This column has more than run it’s course. While there are still a few that don’t get it’s all written in “satire” those of us who do get it are OVER IT. Hang it up already!

  6. Rae
    12:58 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    I think NJT needs to take a summer vacation after Wiggins commits. Come back ready and refreshed in the fall when news is happening again.

  7. sentence structure
    12:59 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    I love these posts…might be a little too high brow for some of the followers here.

  8. JoeMoney333
    1:18 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    4. struggles with sarcasm and jokes doesn’t he?

  9. Wow
    1:40 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    8, Nah I was just posting that to get some funny comments going in here cuz it’s inevitable someone won’t “get it.” But, this just confirms that NJT has grown stale. I agree with #6, take a break and come back refreshed when there’s actually stuff to talk about.

  10. Dee W.
    2:02 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Two “sole” reasons? LOL

  11. whysoserious
    2:02 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    lol at Cal getting credit for the development of Davis and MKG…. in one year.

  12. BigBlueNick
    2:17 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    this dude has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. first, he is the only person I have heard mention the fact about Calipari and Camby and the whole UMASS debacle in connection to UK. there is absolutely no connection, other than the fact that Coach Cal coached at both schools. secondly, do you really think that Cal would be tweeting and talking about 40-0 next year if he were planning on taking an NBA job? come on dude, what are you smoking??? and AD and MKG are ROOKIES, who I do believe made huge impacts on their respective teams this year. blaming the name change in New Orleans on AD????? anyway, this dude has seriously lost it and needs to be checked in somewhere for a nice long, quite respite, then he may be able to tell his ass from a hole in the ground.

  13. Big Blue B-Rad
    2:19 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    12) Calm down. The column’s a joke lol.

  14. hahahah
    2:50 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Yes!!! We have a winner, 12 continues the streak of not getting it. This made my day better.

  15. Dee W.
    3:00 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    12 – do you think this guy’s first name is actually “Not” and his middle name is “Jerry”? 🙂

  16. Youkiddingme?
    4:12 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    15 , I bet 12 thinks Smokey Bear’s middle name is THE!! I love NJT, and look forward to reading it every Friday. Hard to believe some folks on here just don’t get It!!

  17. Mashburn'em
    7:16 pm May 10, 2013 Permalink

    Not Jerry, you have caused more chaos than u can ever imagine with the Cal/Wiggins/NBA theory. LOL…classic