The celebration is over but it can live on forever inside your home or office with this Final Four print from Stadium Frame. The 34×24 framed photo is matted with coins and features a shot of the Superdome court just after the final buzzer sounded to end Kentucky’s magical 2011-12 season. Go to www.Final4Prints.com to purchase the print you see here, or pick out another print or variation of this one from Stadium Frame.
Happy Valentine’s Day, KSR readers. While you munch on some candy hearts or roll your eyes at yet another picture of a friend’s flowers on Facebook, here are some notes on a somber Thursday afternoon:
— I’ve decided to split the season up into “WN” (With Nerlens) and “AN” (After Nerlens). Today is our second day AN, and the reality of the matter is still settling in. The national media continues to remind us about it nonstop, with Chad Ford moving Nerlens from first to third on his NBA Big Board (Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin are 13th and 17th, respectively) and USA Today’s David Leon Moore examining the Cats’ postseason chances now that he’s gone. Wah.
— Maybe the most surprising thing we’ve heard today is a bit of talk about Nerlens possibly returning to Kentucky next season. Yesterday, everyone assumed Nerlens would go pro and rehab with a pro team since he is still considered a Top 5 pick, but John Calipari cryptically dropped a hint last night on his radio show that Nerlens’ decision could hinge on how quickly he rehabs. There have been more whispers from behind the scenes that Nerlens and his family may be more inclined to rehab at UK on their own timeline, but for now, those are just whispers. Common sense still says it’s best for him to go pro now while he’s still projected high and not risk reinjury, but clearly, it’s not that simple. Stay tuned.
— One topic that Nerlens’ injury has brought to the spotlight is the integrity of the one-and-done rule. USA Today’s Jason Jordan (a KSR blog crush) asked Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson for their thoughts on the policy. Here are a few quotes:
Randle (who is currently recovering from his own foot injury): “I think you should be able to go ahead and go if you’re ready.”
Johnson (who sprained his knee last summer): “I think, you know, if you have a chance to go, then why not? Why hold a kid back if he has an opportunity to realize his dream and help his family out? Why not just let him go?”
— Matt is currently in Indianapolis for the NCAA Mock Bracket Selection Process. Here’s one nugget of info he’s discovered so far: Kentucky was #49 in RPI on Monday. After losing to Florida by 18, they moved up to #43 in the RPI.
— Archie Goodwin is the 25th best freshman in the country according to ESPN. To find out why, you’ll have to be an Insider. If you are, report back.
— Before we forget, the McDonalds All-American selections will be revealed this afternoon at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU. I think we’ll know a lot of them.
— We’ll finish up with this classic from BBN Cards:
Can’t argue with that.
— It was the Ryan Lemond Show this morning as Matt was en route to Indianapolis. Matt did call in to discuss Nerlens’ injury, the ramifications, and what exactly is going on with Nate Willis. Have a listen.