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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:

*Sad But True: It was recently announced that former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is reneging on his promise to attend John Calipari’s Pro Camp in early August. Shockingly, Calipari is refusing to refund campers who have already paid the hefty $199 registration fee after being promised that the #1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft would be present. While Davis himself has yet to publicly address the issue, it can only be assumed that he is backing out because of certain recent developments. Specifically, I’m referring to the multi-million dollar contract he reportedly signed with Nike. It seems that with a few dollars on his pocket, Mr. Davis no longer has any interest in mingling with the Joe Six Packs and Johnny Lunchbuckets who will be attending this camp. This should not come as a surprise, frankly. Last week Davis attended the ESPYS in Los Angeles, where even though he went home empty-handed, he was sure to get his face shown on television several times. In other words, Unibrow has gone Universal. Shaking my head.

*The Memory Remains: In a exhibition game last week featuring the U.S. Olympic Men’s basketball team, Anthony Davis hit a three pointer. This does bode well for Duke. During his one (and done) season at UK, Davis only hit 3 three pointers all season, and shot a paltry 15% from deep. Meanwhile, he is shooting a perfect 100% while playing for Coach K and the Olympic squad. Recruits who have any interest in improving in college will surely notice this, and before long, Duke will be the “it” school. Of course, this is not to say that Calipari’s influence on Davis didn’t make itself known during the game. After Davis was fouled while hitting a three pointer, he immediately looked over in Calipari’s direction and angrily talked trash to his former coach. At least now we know why Davis was so eager to leave Lexington after one year. He hates John Calipari.

*Nothing Else Matters: Kentucky released the non-conference portion of its schedule last week, and UK fans are apparently on a diet, because they hate all those cupcakes. A recent survey showed that Kentucky fans are unanimous in their vehement opposition to the schedule. I asked one man who identified himself as a UK fan (he was wearing a red shirt that “L YEAH,” so the “L” must stand for “Lexington”) whether he would describe the home portion of the Kentucky non-conference schedule as “pathetic,” “super pathetic” or “worse than bin Laden.” Without hesitation, he chose “worse than bin Laden.” I could have polled more people, but really, that would have just been overkill. The teams who visit Rupp Arena next year are going to be so bad, don’t be surprised if 24,000 people show up at each game just out of sheer curiosity. Of course, Kool-Aid gulping Cat fans will argue that UK consistently plays one of the toughest non-league slates in the country, but that didn’t seem to do them much good in 2009 when they missed the NCAA Tournament.

* On this date: On this date in 1916, Kentucky didn’t have any black players on its roster.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

19 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    12:05 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    High caliber work right here. NJT FOR THE WIN!

  2. The Real Jerry Tipton
    12:21 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I concur!

  3. John doe
    12:23 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    This post is garbage!

  4. Typical1stTimeNJTReader
    12:25 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe this is on a UK website! This is so blah, blah, blah, whine, whine, whine! I’ll never come to KSR again!

  5. James Hetfield
    12:29 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Metallica baby!

  6. J Jones
    12:46 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I believe mr davis is in london representing his country in the olympics. If you would get your head out of duke!s or indiana!s ass which ever school you think is better you might know this.

  7. NotSure
    12:48 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    If negative comments are people being sarcastic, or this many people don’t get NJT…

  8. Typical2ndTimeNJTReader
    12:58 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I love how no one gets the joke but me! I must be head and shoulders about everyone else! Except I wait all week to validate myself in a comment section of a university sports site.

  9. headbanger
    1:04 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink


  10. Carl
    1:17 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    ‘The unibrow has gone universal’. ‘He hates John Calipari.’ ‘…24,000 people show up at each game just out of sheer curiosity.’ Good good stuff. NJT hits another one out of the park.

  11. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    1:19 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Best NJT in a while. Recent ones have been decent, but this was mid-season form!

  12. Hey Dummie
    1:21 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    8 Insults tend to work better if you don’t have a big fat typo in your comment. “head and shoulders ABOUT everyone else”. Now you just look like the dumb as$

  13. Al's IndiCats
    1:36 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    NJT for MVP. Again he swings for the fence and knocks it out….Thanks for the chuckle for it does not bode well for dummies.

  14. ThatsExactlyRight
    1:37 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I am cancelling my Not Lexington Herald Leader subscription!

  15. Snuggie
    2:44 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Next time you should use Cannibal Corpse song titles.

  16. UKUKUK1865
    2:53 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    The sad thing is how close to reality the NJT articles really are. JT is such an ass.

  17. ChicagoSucks
    3:11 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Not too bad. I agree with the Reign Man (#11) – this was close to season-caliber. The schedule one was the best part: a single clueless interview of a fan of a rival team used to justify an entire argument.

  18. confused
    5:24 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    how come not jerry tipton on this website is anti-uk, but on twitter he is not? (unless it’s football)

  19. Jenny Craig Pitino
    10:15 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    For a July post, great job NJT!