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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:

*I Lie: As the temperatures rise, recruiting is starting to heat up. Over the last few weeks, Kentucky has been rumored to be leading for the services of several prep stars, including the Harrison twins, James Young, Julius Randle, and mega-talent Andrew Wiggins. However, Cat fans should be warned that this means absolutely nothing. Kids change their minds all the time, and until these youngsters put pen to paper and sign their letters of intent, all the scuttlebutt in the world doesn’t mean a damn thing. In fact, top 10 recruits are so notoriously unreliable that Rick Pitino doesn’t even bother recruiting them. And at the risk of putting a ton of pressure on John Calipari, it is imperative that he does ink these players. Why? Because Jabari Parker, the top player in the 2013 class, is rumored to be leaning towards Duke.

*When The Tingle Becomes A Chill: As mentioned above, Kentucky is reported to be the leader for Andrew Wiggins. Frankly, one must question the wisdom of Calipari wanting to add Wiggins to the UK roster, for one simple reason: Andrew Wiggins is a Canadian. Invariably, the first time he struggles, he is bound to be on the wrong end of some anti-Canadian sentiment from notoriously patriotic Kentucky fans. And is John Calipari completely unfamiliar with the history of Kentucky basketball? The Cats have previously had players from Canada on their roster, and to be blunt, it didn’t work. Bernard Cote, anybody? Does the name Sheray Thomas ring a bell? To be sure, these are nice young men, but hardly the caliber of talent with which you win championships. (Yes, Jamaal Magloire is from Canada, but that was a long time ago and he played for a different coach, so his success is hardly relevant to this discussion.) At any rate, unlike Lee Greenwood, Coach Cal is apparently not proud to be an American.

*Fist City: Terrence Jones played wonderfully for the Houston Rockets NBA Summer League team, averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds a game, while shooting 50% from the field. This does not bode well for Kentucky. These numbers are all superior to those he put up in his two seasons at UK, thus making it crystal clear to anyone paying attention that he was under-utilized and misused during his time in Lexington. What does it say about John Calipari’s approach to developing young talent that one of his players puts up better stats in the NBA than in college? The guess here is that Jones is starting to regret allowing Coach Cal to talk him out of his commitment to Washington. And if that wasn’t foreboding enough for Big Blue Nation, Darius Miller was only able to put up a meager 4 points per game, while shooting a measly 33% from the field for the New Orleans Hornets Summer League squad. Amazingly, those figures are far superior to the abysmal 0.4 assists per game Miller averaged. What does it say about John Calipari’s approach to developing young talent that one of his players puts up such paltry numbers in the NBA Summer League, especially when he put up far better numbers in college?

* On this date: On this date in 1966, Duke didn’t have any black players either.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

16 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. J Jones
    12:10 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    If magloire isn!t relative to this story why is thomas and cote relavant to this story. You are talking out of both sides of your a%s.

  2. @NotJerryTipton
    12:16 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Because Magloire played in an entirely different century, genius. Apples/oranges.

  3. UK Snuggie
    12:19 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    This is the weakest NJT post ever

  4. anthonydavisarmpit
    12:36 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Negative rage comments in 3…2…1

  5. RICK
    12:42 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    All this talk about basketball and x players. Its football season ,write about football.

  6. BusterBrown
    12:49 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    im in a good mood. please dont write about football.

  7. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:50 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    5 – They write about the 2013 basketball season just so we don’t have to think about the upcoming football season. And I thank them for that….

  8. SaveUofL
    12:55 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    @5 No, its actually baseball season and thats what I want to read about! Why does “RICK” get a say in what this site writes and not ME? And while Im at it, why does KSR keep posting stuff from this hack Jerry Tipton anyway? Is this supposed to be some kind of joke!?

  9. BusterBrown
    1:00 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    what kind of first name is Not anyway.. what a dork

  10. Briscoe Darling
    1:01 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Another homerun by NJT. I was hoping he’d make some calls like any good journalist and try to find out why Cal would want BOTH Harrison twins. They will create absolute confusion and chaos on the court.

  11. Doug Heffernan
    2:03 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    You’ve done it again, NJT. Spot on. Esp. agree with the 3rd paragraph. Cal’s players obviously respond to NBA coaches better than they do him. Wouldn’t want to play for someone that can’t coach cough*Wiggins*cough

  12. fb>bb
    3:39 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    #1. Because the point is that the REAL Jerry Tipton talks out of both sides of his a%s.

  13. Carl
    3:44 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    #12…There’s a REAL Jerry Tipton?? Surely, no real journalist would write article after article about UK sports and always manage to put a negative spin on them while constantly finding positive topics about our rivals? No way. Who would pay someone to do that? Who would read that kind of garbage? Has our journalistic standards dropped so low that someone could make a living doing that….wow? I’m going to join the NJT school of writing to hone my skills.

  14. Milton Wadams
    3:51 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Bernard Cote, anybody? Andrew Wiggins is a Canadian. lol. Great article as usual.

  15. BobbyBlue
    4:21 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why KRS continues to put Jerry Tipturds name out there,in this asanine column, is beyond me. No entity that’s really Pro-UK, would ever do that.
    I live for the day that the LHL, folds,and Tipturds job disappears,or he’s forced out,by downsizing,..doesn’t matter to me which way, he leaves.

  16. chris christofield
    7:11 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Terrence Jones played wonderfully? This is a sports writer saying this?