I have a confession, friends. I’m all over the Golden State Warriors bandwagon like it’s the only ride in town. Seat’s taken. Can’t sit here.
Like every other basketball fan in America, I have fallen in love with Warriors playoff basketball for a second time. It wasn’t that long ago, 2007, I believe, when we were enamored by eight-seeded Golden State in the NBA Playoffs. Baron Davis and Co. shocked the league with a first round upset of the Dallas Mavericks, the best team in basketball that regular season. That series had a March Madness-like feel to it, thanks to the electric Bay Area crowd — its energy came through the TV and into our living rooms — and the Cinderella story of the underdog taking down the postseason favorite.
This postseason, the Warriors are wowing us yet again, just as they did six years ago, but in a completely different way. The high-flying offense of yesterday is now a hot-shooting offense with the ultimate green light; and they’re hotter than that angel sitting behind the bench, the one who gave birth to the star player. What up, Sonya?
After Wednesday’s night’s win in San Antonio, the franchise’s first since 1997, head coach Mark Jackson said he has the “best shooting backcourt in the history of the game” and challenged everyone to call his bluff. Coach, I wholeheartedly agree and respectfully decline that challenge. The Golden State Warriors, collectively, are the best shooters I’ve ever seen.
This bandwagon, though crowded and full of fresh faces, is one hell of a ride and I’m on board all the way to Miami.
It’s kind of like watching Davidson all over again.
One of the most anticipated recruiting announcements in Kentucky football history is a little over 16 hours away and some folks are confident it goes in UK’s favor, others are not. I won’t bore you with repetitiveness — we’ve been over it a hundred times — so scroll down to read Matt’s post directly below this one for KSR’s final thoughts on Barker Announcement Eve. It explains what we know and what we expect to happen Friday afternoon.
I will say, I will be in attendance at Conner High School when the announcement is made and I can’t fathom the awkwardness if he chooses the Gamecocks. Will fans boo? Surely not, right? Will it just be silent? I’m uncomfortable thinking about it. Hopefully, he picks the Cats and it’s a celebration. I’m ready to give a lot of high-fives in the crowd.
Andrew Wiggins is still uncommitted. He plans to announce his decision before, on, or after May 15.
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Where my Democrats at? Put ya hands up, put ya hands up if you want to see Bill Clinton at the John Calipari Fantasy Camp this summer! Somebody scream!!!
Coach Cal tweeted Thursday afternoon that he is working to get William Jefferson Clinton to Lexington for fantasy camp this summer. Cal made a point to tell us he’s unsure if Clinton will even be available on those dates, but he has extended an invitation to America’s 42nd POTUS and expects Clinton to bring his 2012 National Championship ring if he does attend.
Clinton made sports headlines last season when he celebrated with Louisville after the Big East Championship, so getting him back on the blue side is a must. Louisville fans like to claim him as one of their own and Big Blue Nation can steal him away with a fantasy camp visit, leaving them with Big Black, Jennifer Lawrence, and the cast and crew of A&E’s The First 48 as the only celebrity Card fans. Make it happen, Coach Cal.
In NFL news, Larry Warford and the Detroit Lions have agreed on a deal, making Warford the highest selection from this year’s draft to sign a contract so far. The terms of the deal weren’t released, but we know Warford will have at least one rookie friend on the team in Martavius Neloms. Neloms also signed a deal with Detroit on Wednesday, he announced via Twitter.
Congrats to the two former Cats.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a Kentucky basketball game, which I assume all of you have, you owe it to yourself to read Mrs. Tyler’s look into the The Committee of UK 101, better know as the guys in blue blazers in Rupp Arena. It’s honestly one of the best pieces we’ve had on the website in a long, long time and I know how hard she worked on it for you. Give it a read.
Do you recognize that guy who accidentally punched his coach in this video? I bet you do…
It’s Ramel Bradley, now sporting a mohawk. He scored a game-high 26 points with six assists in his team’s win in the Israeli Premiere League Playoff.
#shoutout to former UK Hoops guard Amber Smith. She will join the Lady Vols staff next season as a grad assistant. It seems like just yesterday when Amber was screaming at us during Big Blue Madness. I always loved her passion and enthusiasm for UK and, yes, we can hear you now.
Boogie brought out the heater to Whitaker Bank Ballpark Thursday night…
… and it was a strike, right down the middle. DeMarcus heads out tomorrow but will be back in Kentucky in early June.
One final piece of news before we part ways, Kentucky safety Ashely Lowery is no longer in the hospital and finally home in Cleveland, Ga. Big Blue Nation can’t wait to see him on the football field this fall.
That’ll do it for now.