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Rajon Rondo’s Tuesday News and Views

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Buenos Dias and happy day after President’s Day.  I hope you had a good time chopping down the tree and trying to talk with those wooden teeth.  I know I did.  Before we get things going this morning on a strange Tuesday without basketball, let’s stop and give a birthday salute to Commander-In-Chief of former Cats in the NBA, Rajon Rondo.  The former Eastern High School star turns 25 (think about what you had accomplished at 25 and then let’s meet for a beer or thirty) Tuesday and will celebrate by squaring of with the Golden State Warriors.  Despite entering Kentucky with a lot of stars and a lot of hype (Oak Hills’ single game assist record and second-highest single game points total) as a part of the class that was going to save Tubby, #4 never really endeared himself to UK fans and his two years as a Wildcat were mostly disappointing.  Nevertheless, his NBA successes have cemented his status as a favorite of Wildcat fans and became another reason that nearly 9 out of 10 Kentucky residents will tell you they’ve been Celtics fans for life.  Makes sense.  So, on this day, we salute you Rajon Rondo.  May you and your Dan Issel-sized fingers find continued success.

Now onto some UK notes…

 – If there was anything close to a news story Monday, it was Calipari’s assertion that the bench players saw no action against South Carolina for no other reason than Darrin Horn chose to keep his team in a press and Kentucky’s coach had legitimate concerns about his team’s ability to handle it.  It was a far more diplomatic response than “those guys would have blown it”, likely a more truthful answer,  but the mere fact that there was such a heated message board debate after the game about a quartet of players who combine for 3.5 points per contest highlights again what a complete game the Cats played Saturday.  If the only thing we have to complain about is that Stacey Poole didn’t get quality minutes, that’s probably a good thing.

 – Matt mentioned this Monday on the radio show, but it bears repeating here for the visual learning crowd.  Coach Cal and his staff, in addition to Trevor Lacey, are targeting a trio of big men who could add some size and depth for next year’s team and potentially fill a larger role going forward.  At this point, according to a person close to the team that Matt spoke with, Kentucky feels that those players in order of likelihood are Braeden Anderson, God’s Gift Achiuwa and Stan Simpson.  Depending on how their visit goes next week, Simpson could move to the top of the list.  Regardless, it’s clear that adding a big man to a star-studded class remains a priority.  And that seems to be a good thing.

 – As NBA owners and players try to sort out a new collective bargaining agreement, there are pieces of the negotiations that are of primary interest to Kentucky fans.  They are the potential rule change that would force high school recruits to stay in college for two years and the issue of the looming lockout and how it will affect early entry.  The two topics merged a bit Monday night on Coach Cal’s radio show when Kentucky’s head man made a passing comment about the lockout, which he expects to take place, and how it could impact kids leaving.  Calipari said that this year’s rookie class will need to be aware that they will not receive a paycheck until the season actually starts, which means, in his opinion at least, anyone outside of the top couple of guys, who will have endorsements, could benefit from waiting.  Given his whole-hearted endorsement of early entry in nearly every instance in the past, it was an interesting opinion.  And one Kentucky fans should hope the current players heard.

 – The Cats might be off Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean your fanhood gets  break.  Go ahead and DVR Glee and do the untinkable.  It’s time to root for the Vols.  Tennessee will travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt – a team they already beat this season – in a game that could even up the records of the Cats and Commodores (victory over Arkansas assumed).  Vanderbilt would still hold the tiebreaker, but Kentucky would be able to straighten that back out, regardless of the results of their game with Florida, on Senior Day March 1 at Rupp. 

 – Speaking of Tennessee, there was an interesting exchange on Twitter a few minutes ago when Jason Whitlock took a few jabs at Chauncey Billups and UT assistant coach Tony Jones responded by saying, “you a hater.  Lose some weight.”  I have no idea if the two are friendly and if this was some sort of joke, but simply based on the potential that it was indeed sincere, it’s awesome.  I cant wait for Robic to Tweet Seth Davis and tell him his breath smells like a new bag of potato chips after it’s just opened and smells kinda like a fart.

 – Carmelo Anthony has been traded.  Carmelo Anthony has been traded.  I repeat, Carmelo Anthony has been traded.  You may now go back to your lives.  Until he has his press conference.  And plays his first game.  And makes the playoffs.  And woos free agents.  Oh man, this isn’t getting better anytime soon, is it?

 – Look at that Rondo picture.  Why don’t we wear those jerseys?  They are great.

That’s it for now.  Stick around throughout the day for all kinds of good times and high fives.  As usual, Matt and Zach will get the fun going at 10am on Talk Radio 1080.  It will only get better from there.  In the meantime, how about a belated birthday salute to UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua, who celebrated Sunday and, as noted by an e-mailer, was once a shining star in Adam Sandler’s epic tale, Little Nicky….

See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

38 Comments for Rajon Rondo’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. K-Town Clay
    11:52 pm February 21, 2011 Permalink


  2. BeerCanChicken
    11:52 pm February 21, 2011 Permalink

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  3. old_school
    11:59 pm February 21, 2011 Permalink

    Hood – transfer
    Poole – transfer
    Lamb – NBA
    Jones NBA
    Harrelson – graduate

    Returning next year:
    Knight (we cross our fingers and hope)
    and a bunch a freshmen.

    Sounds like 2011 all over again.

  4. Captain Obvious
    12:13 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    4 has horrible takes

  5. Not_old_school
    12:23 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Oh no, old_school has another burr up his butt.
    Alert the media, call the police, & round up the usual suspects.

    He should probably end every one of his posts with:
    “Wheres da white boys?”

  6. roger
    12:30 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    #4 On the surface it may look like a repeat, but if at least two of our recruits end up being as good as advertised and the rest play somewhere near their abilities, next year will be special. Cal is looking for another big to add to the class. therefore we would have Davis, Wiltjer, plus whomever he adds. That gives three bigs plus Eloy. Of course unless a miracle happens Eloy would be a non factor. At the two and three spot, you have Miller, Liggins, Gilchrist, Knight (if he stays)and maybe either Lacey or Lamb. My personal opinion is Lacey is waiting to see what Lamb does. At point, you have Teague, and Knight as a back up if he stays. Total prediction here, but I say next years team goes at least 8 deep and maybe 10.

  7. Celtics Fan for Life
    12:33 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve been a fan of the Celtics since the days of Ron Mercer and Toine so I do not want to hear it Beisner. I was also wearing Celtics shirts the year they sucked with Rondo. Go eat one

  8. Clarification
    12:38 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    7) BKnight will start if he stays. End of story. You ever heard of a 2 Guard?

  9. 4-8-15-16-23-42
    1:23 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I love all these people who bash Cal’s one and done method ,cough-cough old_school, but I would much rather take my chances with talent over 4 year guys who may or may not pan out. As much as I loved the unforgettables, guess what? They still never won a national championship or even made a Final Four. Cal is only in his 2nd year here and is stockpiling the talent. I will take 5-star players all day over guys who may or may not be a great player by their senior year.

  10. AKA cold buckets
    1:34 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    that guy with the afro looks like PPat

  11. Johnny
    2:38 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    seriously, our jerseys are a joke. It looks like our boys are ballin in button up collars out there. I LOVE those old Uni’s

  12. soggyUKgrad
    3:21 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    is that Orlando Antigua to the left of te afro?

  13. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    3:38 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    #4 – old school – If nobody loves you, try loving yourself.

  14. AJ Almandinger
    4:09 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Rondo is faster than Nascar

  15. SexnNursinHomes
    5:49 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    4- all over again in 2011?? For someone who has no clue what they are talking about, you sure have no problem spreading your wealth of misinformation

  16. Derby Classic fan . . . .
    6:09 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    This says it all about the type of players UK is now recruiting. It’s the “ALL ABOUT ME” and not the name on the jersey…. First time since 1987 that a UK recruit hasn’t played in front of his future fans. As the article attach states, “this is insulting to the UK fan”. Matt, please address this on your show today. NIKE camp over the Derby Classic in your future home state in front of your future home fans? Says quite a bit to me…. One’n’Done’s don’t care…. “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME”. . . . pitiful!

  17. WildcatsOne
    6:15 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    That was one of my favorite unis…classic UK.

  18. SexnNursinHomes
    6:20 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    17- yeah, because when given the option between a porshe and a beat up 76′ ford pinto, clearly everyone chooses the ford pinto.

    our recruits are too good to belittle themselves to a peasant’s tourney.

  19. E Cat
    7:47 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I respectfully disagree that both Rondo’s years were disappointing. In fact, there were times his freshman year that Rondo was the best player on the team and helped lead them to the Elite 8. His sophomore year was a struggle, especially when Morris set out the first 18 games and he just didn’t have much talent around him. On top of that, Tubby had promised to go more up tempo to fit Rondo’s game, and it didn’t happen.

    Rondo in Tubby’s system just wasn’t a good fit. And both are probably a little to blame for some of his shortcomings at UK. Certain players are just better pros than college players.

  20. Just saying
    8:01 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    4. Im not gonna bust your butt because it is VERY possible next years team isnt as deep as this one, and possibly “younger” with the loss of Harrellson and all three of this years freshman maybe leaving. I seriously doubt that Lamb or Knight leave, its just a gut feeling but I just dont think they leave. Everyone points to Orton and Bledsoe last year, but honestly I just dont think Lamb and Knight fit the same mold. Orton was a clear headcase and Bledsoe was trully not smart enough to put it all together. As of today Lamb isnt projected in the first round, and with the NBA lockout looming he would be crazy to leave. Knight is likely a first rounder but EVERYONE in his camp has said he would graduate first, so there’s that.

    As far as “adding a big man” we definately need to do that, but Im not sold on another mediocre JUCO bigman that scored 4 points in 8 games at Illinois (Stan Simpson). I know he likely only has one year remaining of eligibility so he wouldnt hurt us long term, but count me in on the 3 star big man from Canada (Anderson) as coming here and eventually becoming another Harrelson

  21. old_school
    8:06 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    10- The Unforgettables came closer to a Final Four (one point) than last year’s phenominal class. And that team is exactly the kind that would give this year’s UK team fits.

    Kentucky is ranked 22 as we prepare for the postseason – and there is a likely scenario that next year’s bench will be just as shallow as this year’s. But Cal’s kool-aid drinkers are still gulping away.

    I heard Cal praising all the NBA guys yesterday – talking about how good it is for the program? Well – unless those guys can put on a UK jersey and play – it really isn’t doing us any good other than promoting UK as a place to come for 8 months, get on the national stage, and then leave for the big bucks.

    Wake up UK fans – we’re getting used.

  22. Lamb is coming back
    8:09 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone seems worried about Lamb leaving, but Im much more in the camp that he doesnt have a choice but to come back. There are a 1000 6’4 skinny shooting guards in America, and the reason Bledsoe went like he did want because of how great of a shooting guard he was, but because of the potential of being a great POINT guard in a draft class weak on point guards. Lamb doesnt have that same potential, he’s simply a shooting guard, but he lacks the speed and athleticism to overcome the others in his position. The real question mark is Brandon Knight, if he returns it will change the entire team for UK next year, with two REAL point guards on the floor at the same time,but this time both being able to shoot (Different than Wall/Bledsoe). Knight is the key to next years team success.

  23. Just saying
    8:18 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    22. I know where your coming from, but Im not so sure its a bad thing. IF and I mean IF Calipari decides to hang around for awhile, he’s bound to get a class or two that are NOT one and done. I mean seriously Knight was considered the 4th best PG coming out of highschool, and now somehow he’s considered a lottery pick?? Terrance Jones was considered the 3rd best PF in HS, but now he’s projected to be the 5th overall pick?? I mean I think Jones is pretty good, but when I watch him play I dont see NBA, I see a very good freshman that could someday play in the NBA, but times have changed and NBA scouts are going off “potential” instead of actual ability to play. The point is, not all of these guys are going to jump, and when 2-3 hang around, mixed in with the next crop it could become special. We ALL have to wait and see, Calipari isnt leaving (yet) and nor should he.

    We made a deal with the devil for a quick return to prominence after 5 years of crap, and he did exactly what we wanted him to do. We could have always gone with Indiana’s 10-year plan approach, but I doubt anyone would want that either. Besides, the “unforgetables” had never happen before and will never happen again

  24. Eli
    8:29 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    That jersey looks like every other jersey I’ve ever seen. I’ve never understood why Kentuckians are so impressed with a negative primary jersey with seam borders and a single sidestripe on the shorts. It’s like people are convinced “this is a jersey!” and get really upset when designs deviate from it.

  25. CowboyinKy
    8:41 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hes not a fan favorite in this house….at all.

    Yes, he is a very good NBA player, and good for him.

    Give me Chuck Hayes or PPat anyday. Someone that appreciated, enjoyed, and gave their all for the school that gave them free education and a platform from which to go make millions. I dont get that sense from Rondo.

  26. Scared to be a fan
    8:53 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I dont know if I will be around for the SHOW THREAD, but can someone make sure Matt talks about Rick Bozich article about the KY Debry Classic. It is the most hilarious thing. He thinks UK’s recruits are being selfish and only thinking of themselves because they are playing in Jordan Brand besides KDC. WOW!

  27. Pitinoshairplug
    8:56 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Cal actuall supports a system that forces you to either go straight to the NBA or stay in college for 2 or 3

  28. SoccerCat
    9:27 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Rondo did come back to present Bradley and Crawford their jerseys on senior night. I think he was stuck playing for a coach that didn’t utilize his skills…he would have been sick playing for Cal.

  29. BPM
    9:31 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Lets go back to recruiting “system” players, praying for lightning in a bottle and a miraculous elite 8 run, consistently losing to top 10 and/or ranked teams, fan-base depression and generally dreading watching UK have to play a decent team knowing the inevitable loss was coming – that sounds like a great idea Old-School. You have no answers and have no idea what you are talking about. You keep bringing up the “Unforgettables” as this bar of greatness. As far as I am concerned that team was just plain forgettable and achieved nothing of note. Undefeated in the SEC – who cares. Still no final four, still no Championship. Lets bring in more Bernard Cote, Adam Williams and Sheray Thomas and hope they bring something to the table in year 4. Old School, please stop posting, no one wants to hear your BS and whining.

  30. jc#1
    10:28 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    We have tried to forget about tubby but you just had to down Rondo for one of tubbys biggest mistakes.YOU DO NOT TAKE A RACE HORSE AND MAKE HIM WALK YOU LET HIM RUN.tubby would not let Rondo endear himself.I felt sorry for Rondo having to play in tubbys boring ,slow down ,put you to sleep offense.All tubby had to do when Slick Rick left was to keep letting UK run the ball and play up tempo basketball,but noooooooooooooooo tubby coudn’t do that he had to do it his way.I wonder sometimes if tubby was even paying attention to the games under Slick Rick.I just want to say SORRY RONDO for you not getting a chance to show what you could really do.

  31. tom5673
    11:08 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    those uniforms were perfect. 1978 design with a shinier material and looser fit. very clean.

  32. Eloy Po' Boy
    11:16 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 31

  33. secretagent0014
    11:26 am February 22, 2011 Permalink

    13) If it’s not him. It looks just like him.

  34. Jimmy Dykes
    1:26 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like money

  35. Rondo
    1:27 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    We should wear these old uni’s

  36. Seymour
    3:59 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Check your numbers #31. Cal’s numbners this year are not much different from the Tubs. Not that I want Tub, just that we are still playing mostly slow ball with an occasional game that we like. Helter-Skleter ball seems to excite the fans and the kids who want in the NBA. Pattern play is what wins the close games.

    Rondo came to UK because he felt rejected by Pitino, not for anything that UK had to offer him. He could have been playing run & gun if he had wanted that type of game. Not fair to kick others for the choice that Rondo made.

  37. Johnny
    1:54 am February 23, 2011 Permalink