On Saturday, Iceland lost to France 5-2 in the quarterfinals of the Euro Cup, but they received a hero’s welcome when they returned to Reykjavik yesterday. In their first major international tournament, Iceland won the world over by going on an improbable run that included a sweet and unexpected upset of England on June 27. It looks like the entire population of 330,000 gathered to welcome them home, and the video of the crowd breaking out in the ritualistic Viking “clap” is flat out awesome:
– RÃšV ÃÃ¾rÃ³ttir (@ruvithrottir) July 4, 2016
It’s only 9 a.m. and that’s probably the coolest thing you’ll see today. Or maybe not…let’s go over the agenda.
ICYMI, a UK assistant coach is temporarily stepping aside
Some big news broke late last night from WTVQ’s Kennedy Hardman, who is reporting that Joel Justus will temporarily replace an assistant coach on UK’s staff who is stepping aside for “family reasons.” Hardman did not disclose the name of the coach, but did say that Justus — whose title was previously “special assistant to the head coach” — started to temporarily replace John Robic back in April. It’s not clear whether the coach in question is Robic, nor will UK identify the coach because it’s a personal matter, but it is worth noting that Robic’s father recently passed away. Justus will assume all the duties of a full-time assistant, including recruiting, which is about to heat up this week at the Peach Jam.
The NBA Summer Leagues rolls on
Six former Cats turned in mostly impressive performances in the Orlando and Utah summer leagues yesterday. Here’s a rundown of their stat lines:
- Marquis Teague (Dallas): 13 points (5-11 FG), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals
- Alex Poythress (Orlando Blue): 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
- Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City): 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
- Aaron Harrison (Charlotte): 19 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks
- James Young (Boston): 8 points, 6 rebounds
- Trey Lyles (Utah): 13 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists
Trey was on fire to start last night’s game, scoring 11 of Utah’s first 13 points in the first five minutes:
Alex, James, and Trey will be back in action today on NBATV:
- 1:00 p.m.: Orlando Blue (Alex Poythress) vs. Miami
- 7:00 p.m.: Celtics (James Young) vs. Jazz (Trey Lyles)
The rosters for the Vegas Summer League should be released today, with Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis, and Devin Booker all expected to participate. The Vegas Summer League starts on Friday.
The Peach Jam starts Wednesday
We’ve said it a lot, but the 2017 class may end up being John Calipari’s most important; that makes the Peach Jam, the biggest EYBL event of the year, very, very important. Almost all of UK’s targets in the 2017 and 2018 classes will be in action in North Augusta, South Carolina, and we’re sending Nick Roush down there to cover it for the site. The tournament begins tomorrow, so keep an eye on the site in the next few days for a preview and schedule.
Where will Terrence Jones end up?
The real T. Jones is an unrestricted free agent who’s looking for a new home after Houston decided not to offer him a contract. Jones is coming off a rough season in which he battled injuries and averaged only 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. Will he find a new home and get a fresh start today?
Where in Kentucky is KSR?
Tune in an hour from now to find out. (Hint: for the next three days, they’ll be in Northern Kentucky)