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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


We’re still a few months from the start of the season, but there is always something going on with the Kentucky basketball program. Whether it’s meaningless exhibitions, trying to figure out how to replace one group of freshmen with another group of freshmen, or Coach John Calipari walking away from his job in order to be the coach of a national team of a country he’s not even from, something is always going on. To stay apprised and educated, you’d be well-advised to follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Rock Bottom: Kentucky coach John Calipari recently sent shockwaves across the Commonwealth when he called sophomore Doron Lamb “the best player” on the team. This is undoubtedly not what UK fans, who had previously been optimistic about the prospects of the 2011-12 season, wanted to hear. Clearly, any team whose “best player” averaged less than 2 rebounds and 2 assists per game will find glory elusive. Especially when said player has missed the majority of his field goal attempts and 3 point shots over the course of his career. Though you have to give Calipari credit for admitting he will be unable to develop any of the incoming freshmen, you also have to wonder what exactly does it say about a team whose best player wasn’t even good enough to go pro?

*Careful What You Wish For: The University of Louisville recently announced that Rick Pitino has received an extension and a raise that will pay him $3.9M a year through 2017. This move was more than a little overdue, frankly. He’s the only head coach in the state with a national championship on his resume, and with the kind of run he’s currently on (5 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, one Final Four appearance in 10 seasons at UofL, one shot away from upending OVC runners-up Morehead State in the NCAA Tourney in 2011, etc.), one can argue that he’s actually underpaid. The guess here is that most Kentucky fans would admit that when Louisville hired Pitino, they never envisioned he would have this kind of career at UofL.

*Going Through Changes: Though Kentucky basketball fans like to refer to the program as “The Greatest Tradition in the History of Basketball,” could it be true that the program is losing appeal? ESPN certainly seems to think so. On Thursday, the Worldwide Leader released its GameDay schedule for the upcoming basketball season. Take a look. Notice anything missing? That’s right. For the second consecutive season, ESPN has made a conscious decision to steer clear of Lexington. Meanwhile, they will be paying visits to places like Florida State, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Vanderbilt, etc. And it’s not just the national media who’s lost interest in Cal’s Cats, either. A quick review of newspapers around the state reveals that in the last few weeks, more articles have actually been written about UK’s football program than the basketball program. And if that weren’t enough, it seems like Calipari himself can read the writing on the wall, as he has suddenly decided that he will spend the next few weeks coaching a team of Dominicans, as opposed to the self-proclaimed “Greatest Tradition in the History of Basketball.”

* On this date: On this date in 1996, you probably could have gotten pretty good odds on a “in 15 years, UK fans will like Denny Crum A LOT more than they like Rick Pitino” bet.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

16 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Sheeeeiiit
    12:13 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    Better than last Friday. NJT should be in the mix for this new KSTV job. We could always use more NJT. A live NJT on TV could be pretty funny. At least let him show up on the radio show once in a whille.

  2. cats
    12:22 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    This guy is an idiot. Why do we put this guy on the site if he just says stupid things about Uk.

  3. AtWork
    12:27 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    2 – its called satire.

  4. bmt22033
    12:28 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    Hilarious, as usual. Someday, I’d really like to know who writes this stuff because it’s comedy gold. Even Tipton himself would likely be hard pressed to come up with some of these (and that’s saying a lot 😉

    @2 – you do realize that this is meant to be humorous, right?

  5. DUH
    12:33 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    Let me see more football articles in the the past few weeks than UK basketball aritcles.. hmmmmm ITS FOOTBALL SEASON YOU DUMBARSE!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. catfan24
    12:37 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    The real Jerry Tipton would be proud!

    Scary thing is, I wonder how many people read that and actually think it is true.

    Go Big Blue!

  7. Mr. Obvious
    12:38 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    Im hearing this legends game is going to be on TV now. Can anybody confirm this? What network?

  8. Roland
    12:43 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    This line, “The guess here is that most Kentucky fans would admit that when Louisville hired Pitino, they never envisioned he would have this kind of career at UofL.”
    exemplifies a line from a 1941 movie starring Gary Cooper in the lead role as “Sgt. York”. “The Lord works in mysterious ways”

  9. Jon bailey
    12:52 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    i thought Lamb played alright in FINAL FOUR!

  10. trublu93
    1:11 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    UK fans that actually get upset about these bits are the dumbarses. These are very funny, especially if you are familiar with the real Jerry Tipton, and I always look forward to reading these. There should be a disclaimer at the end for all of the idiots that cannot understand satire… maybe even a definition of satire for them, since they probably don’t even know what it means. God, I always regret clicking on the comments and seeing just how ignorant people are.

  11. TheNewOriginal
    1:17 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    2 and 5/ You two have maintained my faith in mankind.

  12. Rockfield, KY
    1:59 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know if I like NJT or the posters who think he is being serious better. I guess its a toss up. Brillian work, as usual, NJT.

  13. wow
    2:15 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    #2 & #5, go stand in a corner

  14. Poco Chang
    4:23 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    NJT serves a valuable purpose. If NJT writes something here, it preempts RJT from writing the same thing.

    I wonder how many articles RJT has had to rip out of his IBM Selectric and throw away because he saw that they had already been written here.

  15. GapToothDanny
    5:02 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    I have discovered that this whole “NotJerryTipton” deal is actually a diabolical plan by KSR; you have no doubt realized by now that the real Jerry Tipton’s byline has not appeared in the LHL for close to 4 weeks now. This is because he was hired away from the LHL by Matt Jones, only to re-emerge as NOT JERRY TIPTON!
    He is not allowed to read these comments, so he still thinks he is doing “Woodward & Bernstein” type scandal mongering.

  16. siestakeycat
    8:50 pm August 12, 2011 Permalink

    Some of you are really clueless idiots, I guess. Seriously, some of you really can’t be this this stupid, can you? Please tell me you’re joking.