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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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We are now in the midst of John Calipari’s 3rd season as the coach of the University of Kentucky. Over the next few months, we’ll see whether he will finally be able to do what he’s being paid to do: Win an NCAA Championship. The stakes are high, but so are the pressure and expectations. Will the team flame out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament the way it did the prior two years? Will it suffer (almost) double-digit losses like it did last year? Will Coach Cal once again produce fewer NCAA Championships than first round draft picks? (h/t: Rick Bozich.) Stay tuned. In the meantime, to stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Sorry You Asked?: Recently, freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went to John Calipari and asked that senior Darius Miller be inserted in the starting lineup in his place. Needless to say, this is bad news for Cat fans. The fact that Kidd-Gilchrist has no desire to even be on the same court as his teammates is a bad omen for UK going forward, and is apparently the reason he so often commits two early fouls, in order that he will be allowed to leave the game and get away from the rest of his squad. Unfortunately for the Cats, MKG-Hates-This-Team-Gate didn’t end there. In a defiant display of one-upsmanship, Calipari opted to publicly embarrass Kidd-Gilchrist by temporarily removing Doron Lamb from the starting lineup instead. And even though Kentucky fans no doubt hoped that Lamb would take umbrage at the demotion, he instead was perfectly happy with the move, noting that he had “no problem” coming off the bench, and that he “wasn’t upset at all” that he didn’t start. Apparently he hates his teammates too.

*You’re The One: In the first four games of the season, freshman point guard Marquis Teague had 11 assists and 18 turnovers. In the last four games the Cats have played, he has 18 assists and 11 turnovers. Needless to say, this is bad news for Cat fans. A team is a reflection of its point guard, and the November version of Marquis Teague was quite aggressive, as evidenced by the 18 turnovers he managed. However, these numbers have significantly decreased, which indicates that the freshman is not nearly as willing to make a big play as he was earlier in the season. Also, his assists have gone up dramatically, which suggests that Teague has become scared to shoot, and instead is content to give the ball up, apparently because he is tired of Calipari yelling at him. Coach Cal has repeatedly said “if you can’t play, I can’t hide you.” This is obviously not a concern with Teague, as he is doing all he can to hide himself.

*Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose: On Tuesday, Kentucky easily defeated Georgia in a game it led by double figures the entire second half. Needless to say, this is bad news for Cat fans. The day before the game, John Calipari said that this Kentucky team probably needed to lose a game, as be believed it would force the Cats to come together and get tougher. Rather than taking this message to heart, Kentucky went out and put together a complete performance on the road, and was never even close to getting beat. Calipari has a reputation as a great communicator and motivator, but it seems he is having a hard time getting through to this bunch. When asked after the game if the Cats were actually trying to win, each Kentucky player actually said “yes.” Wow. It’s not often that you see a team so publicly and brazenly defy its coach like that, but these Wildcats apparently have no interest in doing what their leader tells them to. There is still a lot of basketball left to be played this season, but if this team has any desire to get on the same page as their coach, they better hurry up and start losing.

* On this date: On this date in 2009, the University of Mississippi beat the University of Jodie Meeks, 85-80.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

49 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Floyd the Barber
    12:02 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah…the expectations are HIGH………..but so are YOU Jerry!



  2. Joe Borkle
    12:07 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    This guys post’s are wearing thin, why do they allow this Debbie Downer to post on here?



  3. BGBull
    12:08 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    The only truthful thing that is really, “Bad News for Cat Fans” is that you are still alive making money writing about them!



  4. GC
    12:09 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I see you’re a Dwight Yoakam fan, Not Jerry Tipton. Nice!



  5. jaws2
    12:14 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    As usual, priceless!



  6. NotTubbySmith
    12:14 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t hit it out of the ballpark, but a solid single.



  7. chiddarcheddar
    12:16 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Defiantly benching Doron Lamb instead is hiii-larious!!!



  8. Bulldawg
    12:16 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    funny stuff. I love NJT!!!! I wonder if the real one reads these posts to get story ideas…



  9. JS
    12:18 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    This is truly what they mean by spinning it. Anybody can do this,that’s why you can’t believe everything you read.What makes this guy hate so much? Is there some truth to anything he is writing? I hope not,because all I can get out of him is he is a jerk.



  10. Tomas
    12:20 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    This is one of the best posts on KSR. How is he being a debbie downer. He is openly and defiantly mocking a member of the media who has no self-awarness. This ish is funny. Stop taking life so serious and understand that its sarcasm.



  11. What?
    12:21 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    One of your best ever, NJT!



  12. Raazoul
    12:21 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Do you guys not understand what this post is? Its a joke. It is NOT Jerry Tipton, LOL! It’s meant to be over the top negative to make fun of the actual Jerry Tipton. Can’t believe you guys don’t know this by now…



  13. tvillian
    12:26 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    best place in nashville to watch a UK game?



  14. Al's IndiCats
    12:27 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t say he hit it out of the park but by George NJT laid a bunt down and made it to third….Golden as Usual NJT. I look forward to NJT every Friday and never disappointed, AND the comments are always as HILAIOUS as the writing from him



  15. [email protected]
    12:27 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m amazed that after so many NJT posts thus far about half of readers have yet to understand that these posts are sarcastic, they are a parody, they are mocking the pessimism that the real Jerry Tipton spews about the cats.

    Someone call the consumer financial protection bureau, these poor people are being misled.



  16. Shaun King's Mustache
    12:28 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I pooped a hammer



  17. catsfan74
    12:30 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Come on NJT!!! No mention of Cal leaving for the Wizards…
    Your slacking…



  18. WWMKGD
    12:33 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    People who don’t get NJT are the same people who get all pissed off at stories from The Onion. Some things are obviously sarcastic, what’s wrong with you people?



  19. WWMKGD
    12:34 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    On second thought…maybe it’s not the ones who don’t get it that we should blame and laugh at. Maybe it’s just that NJT is so dead-on to the real JT that they don’t know the difference.



  20. Katdaddy
    12:35 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hard to tell the difference between NJT and the real!! LOL!!!



  21. Carl
    12:36 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    There’s an article on the LHL website about how UK and UL snubbed Hickey. I refused to take the bait and link to the article because I’m 99% it was written by the Emperor of Negativityland himself. Thanks NJT for reminding us why we do not read the original JT.



  22. Mark M
    12:38 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    We suck.



  23. Some Guy
    12:41 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I think my favorite thing about Cal is his crazy statements that mean the complete opposite which is just Gold for this. Do you think Tipton ever reads this to get ideas? lol

    “Calipari said that this Kentucky team probably needed to lose a game”



  24. Jiminy Cricket
    12:48 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Gold!



  25. Hoss_Cat
    12:52 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Do people actually read this sh_t?



  26. pete
    12:58 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    LOL I remember when people thought it was funny to make fun of the people who thought this was serious. Now it’s funny to make fun of the people who actually think there are still people who think this is serious



  27. Eloy
    1:05 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    If it’s Not Jerry Tipton why is there a picture of the real Jerry Tipton? Shouldn’t the picture be of something that is not Jerry Tipton?? I’m so confused!



  28. Some Guy
    1:18 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I am with you Eloy… Maybe it is Jerry being Jerry



  29. WWWMKGD
    1:18 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    #16, congrats!



  30. Sunbaked
    1:22 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    “….apparently the reason he so often commits two early fouls, in order that he will be allowed to leave the game and get away from the rest of his squad.”
    NJT got me laughing as usual!



  31. catfaninrockytop
    1:23 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Needless to say, I love this post, but thats bad news for cat fans…



  32. douggercats
    1:29 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    #16 – How long ago did you eat said hammer?



  33. Njt2
    1:40 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I am NJT’s mom, pushing 70, and even I get the humor. What is wrong with you, #1, 2, 3, and 9?



  34. TheNewOriginal
    1:48 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Very good once again. Personal comment. “… bad news for cats fans.” is not as good as your previous “…does not bode well for…” That was the catch phrase. Keep up the good work, NJT is always the best post of the week.



  35. Jkwoftw
    1:52 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Needless to say, this was a terrific post.



  36. NJT Will You Marry Me?
    1:55 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Not only do I find you very humorous, but you also reference Dwight Yoakam songs. If only you were a Cats fan…sigh.



  37. lambinated
    1:56 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I maintain that the best part of these articles are the unintentionally hilarious oblivious posts in the comments section.



  38. shmangit
    2:06 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    needless to say, shut the #*%$ up. I hate u.



  39. Bledsoe's Biceps
    2:41 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    13) If I were you I’d see if Faith Hill, Sara Evans or Carrie Underwood would let you come to their house. Any of those would be a fine place to watch the game.



  40. Darius26
    2:52 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    This is one of the worst posts. Is it real? Is it fake? This site used to be a news site, and posts like this are why this site is going downhill in a hurry. Please provide real Kentucky Sports News, Notes, and Opinions, not this “probably” fake stuff.



  41. old_tool
    3:02 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    Are there really that many stupid people here that can’t take a joke? You people are dumb. Don’t breed and go root for Indiana. Its mind boggling. Like Sarah Palin fans, or creationists. How do you function on a daily basis in society?



  42. Hey #16
    3:04 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    #16, who are you and where are you from?



  43. Darius26
    3:31 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    41, Jokes are fun. This is not. Sarcasm does not work well in blogs. But thanks for outing your fairly one-sided views. glad to know who you are (not respectible).



  44. Matt Jones
    3:51 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    “Sarcasm does not work well in blogs?” That can’t be a serious comment…can it?

    No offense, but posts like these have been a huge part of this site from its inception.



  45. Matt Jones
    3:51 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    And this site has never been a “real news site.”



  46. Stan
    3:56 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    I just wish we didn’t have to look at his dumbass picture. Very sad old angry bastard



  47. barn
    5:30 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    is that a real moustache?



  48. old_tool
    5:48 pm January 27, 2012 Permalink

    #43, I bet you are a blast at parties. But, I do hope to someday be “respectible [sic]”. Dare to dream.



  49. Polar Pop Shake
    8:20 am January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Always my favorite post of the week.