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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:

*Sympathy For The Devil: Rick Pitino recently announced that there was a good possibility that Louisville point guard Peyton Siva would leave for the NBA after his upcoming junior season. In making this announcement, Pitino took a not-so-thinly-veiled shot at UK coach John Calipari when he said that when it comes to determining who will declare early for the draft, he’s learned not to think like himself, but rather like the players he’s coaching. In other words, Calipari — who’s considered to be somewhat of an expert on offering advice to players contemplating turning pro — is immature and bases his decisions on his ego and libido, rather than common sense, like Pitino. (Calipari, who generally isn’t one to back down from a verbal spat, has surprisingly yet to respond to Pitino’s potshot, which suggests he likely concedes the point.) If Siva does declare for the NBA Draft, he will probably go unselected, thereby following the paths of former Louisville players Samardo Samuels (2010) and Terrence Jennings (2011). If this happens, it will reinforce the widely-held belief that Pitino is the master of developing irrational confidence in his players, as evidenced by the fact that he somehow keeps convincing them that they have a shot in hell of playing in the NBA.

*Paint It Black: UK has just released its non-conference schedule for the 2011-12 season, and Little Debbie would be impressed with the number of cupcakes it features. The first two games that John Calipari’s squad of allegedly talented freshman (along with the upperclassmen who weren’t quite good enough to go to the NBA) will play are against Transylvania and Morehouse, who aren’t even Division I teams. Good luck getting anybody to show up for those snoozefests. After that, the schedule is as follows: Marist (this would be impressive if Rik Smits hadn’t graduated in 1988), Kansas (last seen getting blown out by VCU, an obscure squad that barely even made the NCAA Tournament), Penn State (luckily for the Big Blue, the Crispin brothers don’t live there anymore), Old Dominion/USF (doesn’t matter which one they play, as they’re both awful), Radford (never heard of it), Portland (Calipari conveniently waited until Luke Sikma graduated to invite the Pilots to Rupp), St. John’s (is it 1985?. No? Then yawn.), North Carolina (UK caught a huge break with the injury to Leslie McDonald, though this will likely do away with any national interest in the game), Indiana (good thing Bobby Knight’s not alive to see what’s become of his former team), UT-Chattanooga (more like UT-Suckanooga), Samford (seriously, the Cardinal are probably seeking some revenge for that 1998 Final Four game), Loyola (the one in Chicago would probably beat UK, but the one in Maryland is flat terrible), Lamar (Lamar Latrell from Revenge of the Nerds would have a better chance of winning) and Louisville (a wide-open Josh Harrellson just dunked again). At the very least, we now know why UK is ranked so highly in the preseason polls, as they likely won’t face any legitimate competition until league play rolls around.

*Shattered: On Tuesday, it was announced that junior Jon Hood tore his ACL, and will undergo surgery. Obviously, the person many fans are likely to blame for this is John Calipari. Since taking over at UK, Calipari has signed loads of elite talent, which has left unheralded players like Hood busting their tails to keep up. In fact, this isn’t the first time that an “ordinary” player such as Hood has gotten hurt. Examples: Former Cat Ramon Harris always seemed to suffer random injuries during his time at UK, DeAndre Liggins twisted his ankle in the SEC Tournament last year, and Josh Harrellson required stitches above his eye in an NCAA Tournament game. What do all these injuries have in common? They were sustained by players who were not recruited to UK by Cal, and who weren’t decorated McDonald’s All-Americans. Could it be that these young men felt pressured by the waves of blue-chip talent that has paraded through Lexington in the past two years, and as a result, pushed their bodies beyond the limits of human endurance in an honorable attempt to simply keep up? Consider: In the 18 years before Calipari was hired at UK, Hood never suffered a torn ACL. Then, all of a sudden, a mere 27 months after Cal gets hired, down goes Hood. It’s hard to consider that a coincidence.

* On this date: On this date in 2008, Billy Gillispie was coaching at UK without a signed contract.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

22 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. BigBlueFan31
    12:15 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    * On this date: On this date in 2008, Billy Gillispie was coaching at UK without a signed contract.

    He didn’t sign his contract at UK, but did sign onto a Ponzi scheme? That mean is one smart individual….

  2. who
    12:16 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink


  3. ink
    12:20 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    a middling effort NJT … let’s pick it up

  4. Sar T. Casm
    12:29 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Agree with everything except the UNC game. I think it will still have national interest. Keep up the good work. You rock the Friday blogosphere!

  5. the ghose of Bill Hicks
    12:46 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I was expecting better.

  6. KevinKat78
    12:48 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Does this mean UK should only play top 20 teams and sign ordinary players for safety?

  7. therapy
    12:50 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink


  8. Madtex
    12:51 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Whenever Jerry Tipton has something to say you need to make sure you’re wearing hip waders. It gets awfully deep.

  9. revdaddy69
    12:53 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink


  10. msnthrop
    12:58 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink


    On August 17, 2010, Samuels signed a 3-year, $2.3 million dollar contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  11. jeb
    1:02 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone else think this sounds like a “stand in” NJT? Is the real NJT on vacation? The writing is way different and not nearly as funny.

  12. Carl
    1:03 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Lignten up guys; we’re between seasons there’s not a lot to “NOT” write about. Good work NJT. I wonder how many people blow right past the Samford observation?

  13. Kidnut
    1:22 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    No way this is the real NJT, the language is way too course and a couple sentences take shots at Pitino. A poor substitute for sure.

  14. jukin
    1:28 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink


    1:29 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    why is this ahole on this site? we need positive not negative

  16. Bledsoe's Biceps
    1:46 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    12) I agree. I also liked the “good thing Bobby Knight’s not alive” comment.

  17. dtr
    2:18 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    15, you’re an idiot…

  18. right said fred
    2:19 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    IRONMAIDEN….Listening to heavy metal music too loud will fry your brain like an egg….Oh nevermind it is too late.

    2:35 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink


  20. cpacat
    3:04 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    #12..Not me, I caught the Samford/Stanford reference first read…

  21. Jay Schiedler's Mullet
    5:23 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    All in all, it’s not the best, but hey, it’s too hot outside, and NJT is only human…Bobby Knight – the “Generalissimo” is still dead?

  22. Samara Tass
    5:26 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    21 – SNL’s 1st season?