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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


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:

*Sneaky Snake: UK forward Terrence Jones will not try out for the USA Basketball team that plays in the Under 19 World Championship this summer. Rather, he has decided to attend summer school at UK. Given the timing of the announcement, which was made immediately before Memorial Day and the 67th anniversary of D-Day, this decision by Jones is an insult to those brave men and women who fought and died for this country. That being said, the real question here is whether Jones made this decision willingly, or whether coach John Calipari coerced him into going to school this summer. Lest anyone forgets, Coach Cal gets a $50,000 bonus related to the team’s academic progress. In other words, by forcing Jones to turn his back on his country, Calipari stands to become a very rich man. By comparison, UConn coach Jim Calhoun has no such academic incentives in his contract. Why? Because he loves America.

*One of The Mysteries of Life: It was recently announced that former UK player Derrick Jasper has joined Billy Gillispie’s staff at Texas Tech. The most common reaction to hearing this news was shock. Put simply, UK fans can’t understand why John Calipari is the only UK coach who hasn’t hired one of his former Kentucky players as an assistant. Gillispie hired Jasper. Tubby Smith hired Saul Smith at Minnesota. Eddie Sutton hired Sean Sutton at Oklahoma State. Pitino has hired roughly 62 former UK players on his staff at Louisville. Yet, despite having been in Lexington for over two years now, and seeing 13 players leave his program, not a one of them has returned to become an assistant coach. Sure, he has hired a few former UK players, but he has to settle for guys who played for other coaches at UK. Why is this? Do Cal and his players not get along? Is this why so many of them leave school to play professionally at the earliest opportunity? Frankly, it seems almost impossible to draw any other conclusion. You don’t see this many players flocking to the NBA at any other school.

*Homecoming: Last weekend, incoming point guard Marquis Teague got got booed during introductions of the Indiana Seniors vs. Juniors All-Star game.  The game was contested in front of a crowd that consisted almost solely of Indiana University fans, who were none too pleased to have to watch Teague play. Indiana is well known to be the capital of American basketball, and it was obvious that the Hoosier partisans simply refuse to tolerate sub-par basketball, even if it’s being played by a local kid who they would otherwise cheer for. IU backers, still basking in the afterglow of their 1987 national championship, are somewhat elitists when it comes to the sport, and they cannot stand to watch the game being played at anything other than the highest level. In fairness, after watching last year’s Tom Crean-led juggernaut rack up 3 conference wins, you can’t really blame them. There’s also the Kentucky angle, of course. Teague is bound for Lexington, and it just may be that IU fans are feeling a little cocky after beating the Big Blue that one time in like 2005.

* On This Date: On this date in 2006, ex-Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson probably made a bunch of illegal phone calls.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

31 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. RidgeRunner
    12:08 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    As always, fun stuff…

    I am worrying a little that we (UK) may be behaving too good for notjerrytipton. His topics are decreasing in his post.

  2. The Vig
    12:10 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Is there anyway to hide these posts in my browser? 😉

  3. invisibleink
    12:11 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    i’m wearing my notjerrytiptonrules! t-shirt right now

  4. Tom Handy
    12:12 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    I love these posts!!

  5. MtnCat
    12:13 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Sneaky snakes alive, Calhoun and the Conns.

  6. RidgeRunner
    12:17 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Lookin’ forward to next week’s edition…

    How we are not a program to give a guy like Tony Woods a break. notjerry’s age, his sources out of town, etc… prevented him from staying up late last night and including it I suppose.

  7. Goose Givens' 41 points
    12:19 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for having the guts to write what many of us ask privately. I smell a Pulitzer

  8. Evil Villian
    12:20 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    “UConn coach Jim Calhoun has no such academic incentives in his contract. Why? Because he loves America.” (Standing ovation)

  9. Evil Carl
    12:23 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Love it. I can’t tell the difference between this post and the HL.

  10. blueballs14
    12:35 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    The T. Jones paragraph is priceless!! Keep up the great work notjerryt

  11. Boom baby
    12:40 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    NotJerryT is always great. The bit on Jones is outright hilarious!

  12. checks pool room
    12:49 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Still dont get it??

  13. Al's IndiCats
    12:59 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    NJT is the one Blog I look forward to every Friday. The “SAD” part was mentioned earlier, you can hardly tell the difference between the real and the Fake. Poor Terrence gets nailed because he left the Northwest and now gets Nailed by NJT for being unpatriotic. Who cares, Terrence and UK will hang 8 on them this coming season.

  14. jughead
    1:40 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tell me one good reason that KY Sports Radio bothers to print anything from Jerry Tipton. How many recruits have been turned away by reading the Lexington Herald’s negative attitude toward UK’s basketball program. Tipton has his head stuck so far up a golden gopher’s behind that all you can see is the soles of his shoes.

  15. RondosDribblingHand
    1:41 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    I think everybody is finally getting the NJT columns. There aren’t any comments on this one like usual. “Why do you allow his hate and ignorance to be posted on KSR?” People are learning.

  16. RondosDribblingHand
    1:43 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Oops, nevermind.

  17. Richmanblue
    1:44 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Too much good fun and jocularity…

  18. Not Mike Decourcy
    1:52 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    15./16. just a wee-bit too soon

  19. Dude
    1:53 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    14. Are you off your meds??

  20. Claud Bawls
    1:56 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    #15-16 ha ha

  21. Dude
    1:57 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Which one of the ksr writers/bloggers writes njt blog? It would sure help in the voting they do for favorite blogger.

  22. bti sucks
    2:02 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    I thought the homecoming paragraph was the best, although the whole idea behind NJT is that he would call UK fans elitist before IU fans. Still a good post though.

  23. uklaw95
    2:03 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe #14 meant when they actually DO print links to a Tipton article. (I know, I’m fishing, but no one can be that out of it, can they?)

  24. C.A.T.S
    2:14 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    There always has to be one…thanks for keeping the streak alive #14!

  25. TheNewOriginal
    2:42 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    “You don’t see this many players flocking to the NBA at any other school.” Another classic NJT. Excellent.

  26. RondosDribblingHand
    3:14 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    I love it

  27. willdcat1
    3:39 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    NJT – knowing that facts rarely influence your prose, didn’t Cal hire Padgett & Turner? Think either or both would be in line for an actual coaching job in the next season or so.

  28. Al's IndiCats
    4:30 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    24, I know it’s freaking HILARIOUS that some people hasn’t gotten it yet, but I’m glad they haven’t because beside the article that NJT wrote, their comments are just as funny……God Love NJT!

  29. bob
    10:18 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    This stuff is so funny.

  30. JT
    10:27 pm June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Good stuff!!

    1:50 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    jerry you are a moranic fool ………two thumbs up to jugheads post