Not pictured: Owners’ souls and care for fans
5. Planking – Old news, I know, but… Remember that time planking was really popular for about 1.75 days and then disappeared? Unfortunately, I do too. I’m not going to say I didn’t get several laughs out of it, but it really lost its luster when the planks became so boring. Like Drew said, if you’re going to plank, you better go all out. But still, several Cats in the NBA did their fair share of planking twitpics (John Wall, Eric Bledsoe).
4. Show UK fans love – The man/myth/legend/Knick Josh Harrellson had his tour recently. Now that the lockout’s on, I wonder where Jorts will popup next to show love to UK fans? On top of that, DeAndre Liggins is going on a 5-stop around the state in Hazard, Paintsville, Pikeville, Ashland, and Maysville on July 9/10th – go check him out! Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo tweeted that he was stopping in New Albany, IN (grew up there and sitting in NA at this moment, so I know how awful that must have been for him).
3. Get better at the sport they love and teach others – As Will pointed out earlier, John Wall recently took time out to teach/inspire kids at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, showing his dedication to the game and fellow players. We will hear other stories from other NBA guys as the summer goes on about how hard they’re working to improve their game (Nazr Mohammed tweeted that he’s doing MMA workouts, want to step in the cage with him?) and if they are out helping others get better, as well. Lots of dedication from the UK guys out there to both their game and the future of basketball. Check out this video interview with Wall, he is such an awesome guy.
2a. Kick ass elsewhere in random summer leagues – So, this week you’ve already read about John Wall dropping 41 points in D.C.’s famous Goodman League. You’ve also read about Boogie continuing to be a badass and getting T’d up in a summer league game. But did you realize the stacked roster John Wall is playing with in the North Carolina Pro-Am league? Team Triangle Gastroenterology – Wall, Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Jerry Stackhouse, etc. WOW.
2b. Play overseas for $$$ – These guys deserve to be playing for pay somewhere… will any go overseas? I know this has been a debated topic around the NBA and if it will even be possible for some. But, we know Enes said he plans to return to Turkey and at least play for the national team if the lockout came to be.
1. Come Back to UK/Lexington – Well, duh. This is what everyone is looking forward to. NBA players in Lexington, showing off their skills and instructing the young padawans in the ways of the Jedi multi-millionaire professional athletes.
***In recruiting news*** At the LeBron Skills Academy, the ‘Kentucky team’ faces off against another skilled team with an interesting matchup of DaJuan Coleman vs. Nerlens Noel and Anthony Bennet. This 2012 vs. 2013 bigman-battle could showcase two future star Wildcats. Other notable names on team Kentucky: Ricardo Ledo…and Rodney Purvis (no word yet on whether Purvis tried to refused the offer to join ‘Team Kentucky’ because Cal hadn’t showed him enough love).