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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The season’s over. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Make Some Noise: Earlier this month, UK assistants John Robic, Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua received multiyear extensions. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Clearly, the best assistants are those who are in demand across the country, year-in, year-out. The UK assistants, on the other hand, are apparently not. Compare this situation to the one at Louisville, where hot commodities Steve Massielo and Richard Pitino, Jr. have been given head coaching jobs elsewhere. It stands to reason that the impressive UofL postseason runs of the past three years (which include a Final Four appearance, etc.) was based in part on the coaching acumen of those young assistants. The younger Pitino, for example, was such a hot commodity that (in a move involving no extenuating circumstances whatsoever), he was snatched away by Billy Donovan at Florida in 2009, before being wooed back to Louisville by his father a couple of years later. This is especially eye-opening when you consider that Kentucky has a long history of assistant coaches who are considered attractive candidates. Scott Rigot, e.g., had another job once. One would think that John Calipari would only hire assistants who are good enough at what they do to get noticed by other programs, but one would be wrong. In hindsight, maybe those losses to Indiana and Vanderbilt last season weren’t so surprising after all.

*Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun: Last month, John Calipari won his first national championship. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Ever since he won the title, he has been missing out on recruits left and right. First, Shabazz Muhammad told Cal to get lost, and picked UCLA. Then, Anthony Bennett told the coach to go to hell by picking UNLV. And just this week, Amile Jefferson made it clear that he despises Calipari and everything he stands for by picking Duke. It is worth noting at this juncture that since winning the national title, Calipari has yet to sign the nation’s top recruiting class. (Note: Some services have this current class #1.) Also, even though it has been well over a month since winning the championship, Calipari has yet to garner a commitment from a single top 100 recruit. (Note: Not including Nerlens Noel, the nation’s top recruit.) At any rate, if winning national championships means that UK’s recruiting will totally fall apart like this, the guess here is that most UK fans don’t want to win any more national championships.

*Heart Attack Man: On Tuesday night in game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Pacers beat the Heat. This does not bode well for Kentucky. John Calipari and LeBron James have made no secret of their relationship, and it is clear that James considers Calipari somewhat of a mentor. This is why it had to be so disheartening for UK fans to watch King James wilt in the 4th quarter of that game, as he passed up open shots, looked tentative, and missed a couple of key free throws. Before that game, the conventional wisdom had been that Kentucky’s championship run this Spring had helped Calipari shed the perception that he choked when the stakes were highest, and that his teams tend to play tight in high pressure situations. To the extent that he got that monkey off his back in April, that little sucker is squarely back on now. To make matters worse, the Pacers’ roster features one Tyler Hansbrough, who played his college ball for Roy Williams at North Carolina. While Hansbrough didn’t actually play in the game down the stretch, there is no doubt that recruits will notice that he was on the winning end of that contest, and — by extension — so were Roy Williams and UNC. Unlike Calipari and UK. Kentucky fans undoubtedly enjoyed the team’s eighth national title last month, but now it looks like they will once more have to start asking themselves the same question they were asking before then: Can John Calipari win the big one?

* On this date: On this date in 2009, 2010 and 2011, John Calipari had never won a national championship.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

21 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. lumberjackcat
    12:05 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    This does not bode well.

  2. dgtuk
    12:10 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Always enjoy NJT but the over use of the “does not bode well” phrase is becoming old. Once a posting vs once every paragraph would be better…remember sometimes less is more…

    I guess what I am trying to say is the overuse of “does not bode well” does not bode well for UK! LOL

  3. ZombieLibrarian
    12:17 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    The ‘*On This Date:’ section at the end always make me laugh my ass off.

  4. Curadhan
    12:23 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    On this date in 2011 Kentucky had gone almost 2 months without a Final Four.

  5. LHLsubscriber
    12:34 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    love “Just-tha” Tip-ton !

  6. whiskey river take my mind
    12:34 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    #2) I agree, this does not bode well for keeping my interest in your posts. haha Your posts are awesome, enjoy your twitter posts even more. Thanks!!

  7. lexslamman
    12:36 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    in b4 someone confuses NJT for Jerry Tipton IRL.

  8. 8 & Counting
    12:39 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry really makes my skin crawl. Just who does he think he is!!! What a jerk!!!

  9. MCA
    12:44 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    I like the Beastie Boys references.

  10. BTI sucks
    12:46 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    I like the Beastie Boys references.

  11. The Source
    12:49 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Why do they keep letting this obnoxious turd post on here?
    This guy totally doesn’t get it!!!

  12. Big Blue B-Rad
    12:52 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    11) Because this post is completely fake. It is seriously somebody making fun of Jerry Tipton. Jerry Tipton hates UK, and this post is intended to make fun of him by twisting the smallest things into big deals.
    This is not the real Jerry Tipton.

  13. Hmmmm...
    1:04 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Great post! Love the part where NJT touts UL’s last few seasons. Go Morehead State!

  14. TheNewOriginal
    1:20 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    2/ Disagree completely. “does not bode well” is the catch phrase. It’s right up there with “whatcha talking about Willis”, “DynOmite”, “Bazinga”, “yipee ki yay, MFer”, “Missed it by that much”, “Did I do that”, “Book’em Dano”, “Oh my god, they killed Kenny…”, “I love it when a plan comes together”,…

  15. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:40 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    We’ve got two so far: 8 & 11. Anyone care to set the new over/under?

    2 – I agree. Love the post, but that catch phrase is getting played out. NJT definitely needs to come up with new phrases to put his negative spin on positive events.
    14 – all of which are funny… in moderation.

  16. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    1:57 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Just when I thought the posts were getting a little post-season staleness, the first paragraph made me laugh. Keep up the good work.

  17. Marty
    4:19 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Jerry, I think it is time for you to consider doing something different. You definitely have an axe to grind against Kentucky. It is time KSR fire you.

  18. tom says
    6:30 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    when will everyone realize this a joke just one time I would like zero dumb commets about this

  19. NotTheSlickistRick
    6:46 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    I cant wait for Friday evenings’ just to see those people that are not quite the brightest bulbs in the batch. Thanks 8, 11, 17

  20. fb>bb
    7:15 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    (which include a Final Four appearance, etc.) Classic!

  21. Duke sucks
    10:17 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait till Fridays to see just how many people liken19 try to police this site. Knowing most of the commenters are just stirring the pot. Trying to show others up is just making a ass of yourselves