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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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Now, the offseason. And while there may not be any more games to played, there is always excitement surrounding the Kentucky basketball program, whether it’s which freshmen (or juniors) will declare for the NBA before they’re ready, which player will be implicated in a New York Times story, or which NBA job John Calipari will actively seek this summer. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Reason To Worry: It seems the Kentucky basketball program’s approach toward academics is under fire yet again. CBS commentator Len Elmore recently stated that the fact that Enes Kanter actually cares about is schoolwork is “unique to that particular program.” Predictably, UK fans were indignant. However, it is telling to note that while the fans may have gotten their feelings hurt, John Calipari has yet to deny Elmore’s allegations. Specifically, he has not produced signed affidavits from all of his players affirming that they do, in fact, care about schoolwork. Likewise, Bobby Knight pointed out that no UK starters on the 2010 squad attended a single class, and though Kentucky claimed this was untrue by vaguely referring to a collection of grades without specifying how said grades were “earned,” the university has yet to produce notarized attendance sheets for each player on that roster. Until the program and the school take these kinds of measures, the statements of Elmore and Knight will remain unchallenged.

*Don’t Pick On Me: When Alabama sharpshooter Trevor Lacey committed to Alabama, UK fans were upset and confused. Why would any player, much less one who has aspirations and the talent to play in the NBA, choose to play at Alabama instead of Kentucky? The answer, it seems, is simple: He was scared off by Kentucky fans. When Lacey played in the Derby Classic in Louisville, he was famously told to “pick Kansas” by a UK fan after he missed a shot. The controversy made the front page of at least one newspaper in Kentucky. In light of the fact that Lacey reportedly had Kentucky as his leader before the game, the only logical conclusion is that he would have chosen UK if not for one overzealous fan. And while that fan’s jeers were front-page news, one has to wonder what other things were said to Lacey that the media opted not to publicize.

*The Greatest Man That Ever Lived: A few days ago, Rick Pitino said that he refuses to recruit one-and-done players. Rather, his preference is to recruit hard-working student-athletes who want to go to college to get an education and better themselves physically, mentally and ethically under his tutelage. In other words, talent isn’t everything, and to borrow the slogan of an old bumper sticker, “Character Matters.” This philosophy would likely explain why Pitino opted not to sign elite players like John Wall, Marquis Teague and Ryan Harrow. And while some saw Pitino’s comment as a direct shot at John Calipari, even UK fans would have to concede that Pitino has a point. After all, unlike Coach Cal, he does have a ring. As such, he’s within his rights to remind people that it’s entirely possible win an NCAA championship without having 9 NBA future players on your roster.

* On This Date: On this date in 1992, Kentucky fans were still heartbroken over losing to Duke in the Elite 8.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

28 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. no
    12:07 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    only the pitino segment was humorous



  2. thegreatbluewa11
    12:10 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    ******On this day, Kentucky fans are still heartbroken over the loss to Duke in the Elite 8. (go bbn)



  3. ukcatzfan
    12:17 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    how could UK lose to duke on may 27th ????????



  4. gocats
    12:25 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    #3 It was actually MARCH 28, 1992 that CL (don’t want to even type his whole name) made the shot that put Duke in the Final Four. This, of course, was after he intentionally stepped on Timberlake’s chest … which should have put him out of the game!



  5. invisibleink
    12:29 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    it says STILL heartbroken … lingering pain …as for the post: not your best effort NJT … step it up!



  6. The Real Jerry Tipton
    12:30 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    post was terrible, im funnier than that



  7. Sky Walker
    12:38 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    1.Why not ask Elmore and Knight to prove their statements?
    2.I do not think Trevor Lacey allowed one rude fan to make his college choice for him.
    3. Pitino is really one to be preaching “Character”. He would gladly accepted any of UK’s recent one-and-dones had they had an interest in playing at U of L.
    4. Jerry, do you remember where Pitino was coaching when he got that one championship ring, and all of the star players on that team?



  8. For reals
    12:38 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Not the Tip, just the Tip.



  9. [email protected]
    12:40 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Use the Force 7



  10. Stat
    12:42 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Um, Skywalker – you do realize this is a joke right?



  11. right said fred
    12:44 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    I love reading the replies to Not Jerry Tipton’s post. So many gullible people that just do not get it. :0



  12. For reals
    12:49 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    11 – 7 no comprende.



  13. bti sucks
    12:49 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    #11, Do you think people are pretending not to get it now, just to get a reaction?



  14. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    1:04 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    #11 – right said fred – What’s there to get? Just because one can shit in the toilet doesn’t mean they have to go get people to look at it every time. You just happen to be the person that agrees to come look.



  15. right said fred
    1:06 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    #13 I sure would hope so.



  16. Nutwrap
    1:11 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    On this date in 2011, Kentucky fans were still heartbroken over losing to Duke in the Elite 8. Duck Fuke and Luck Faetner.



  17. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:31 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    NJT phoned this one in.



  18. Crush little red
    1:38 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    NJT oughta replace the real one. If you put writings from both in front of most fans who have read the real one, I don’t think they could correctly pick out which was NJT (see comments section each week). The sad thing is, NJT is supposed to be absurd. Maybe JT will start mailing in his Sunday notebook by copying NJT.



  19. willdcat1
    2:10 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    sure, let’s see the players’ class attendance records – professors call roll every time class meets, right? Imagine, the Ferris Bueller teacher’s voice, calling roll…Wall…Wall…Wall…Cousins, Cousins…legitimately funny



  20. SoccerCat
    2:32 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    This was the by far the worst NJT post



  21. Sheeeeiiit
    2:38 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    These are still very funny but….sometimes not as good as others. The Patino line about winning a NC without 9 NBA players is perfect. We need more of that.

    Im sure everyone gets the joke by now. Any comments that don’t get it have to be fake. Try to remember, if you don’t like it you don’t have to read it.



  22. CatsintheHat
    2:39 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    1,6,17,20)Theres absolutely nothing going on in the world of college bball right now. What do you expect him to do?



  23. NJT has a boyfriend
    2:50 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Hey looks like NJT has a boyfriend to back him up. . . (lookin’ at you 22)



  24. I hate Duke
    2:54 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Just was on espn college basketball chat with Pat Forde and I asked him to explain his overjoyed love for Louisville and Rick Pitino, even after a public extra-marital affair, and why he never has anything good to say about Cal and the Cats, when they seem to be doing everything better than any other school. Guess what….that chicken$*&t wouldn’t even answer. Typical Pat Forde!



  25. Al's IndiCats
    3:22 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    24) Forde is that part of don’t ask….don’t tell syndrome. I’d bet my lake property that if Forde was asked how many “ROIDS” Little Ricky has he nail that like a three legged Gymnast on a vault landing.



  26. Wildcat49
    4:19 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    This guy is a Paul Finebaum wanna be, and not very good at it.



  27. Paul
    4:45 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    We all have opinions, and I respect all of yours. IMHO the NJT weekly feature is exactly what KSR is about—showcasing the greatest program in the history of sports, as the masthead says, “In the most ridiculous manner possible.”



  28. Jack
    4:49 pm May 27, 2011 Permalink

    Len Elmore? Who catres what this clown says? This guy made NBA money for a number of years and still doesn’t have enough personal pride in his appearance to have something done about teeth that look like Mortimer Schnerd’s