We don’t often encourage you to do things on the internet outside of Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com, but today I will direct you toward a great piece in The Athletic from UK beat writer Kyle Tucker.
Kyle was out in Las Vegas for the NBA summer league and he produced a great story about the brotherhood among Coach Cal’s former players in the league. It is called “Former Kentucky players find common bond at NBA Summer League” and it begins with a story of Hamidou Diallo and Wenyen Gabriel eating at Benihana, during an earthquake, when they randomly ran into Bam Adebayo.
“For a 10-day window every summer it seems as if you can throw a rock in any direction and hit a Wildcat,” Tucker wrote, which isn’t too far from reality.
Jared Vanderbilt told him, “Even the guys who didn’t play together, didn’t play the same years, it’s a true brotherhood, a true bond.”
Willie Cauley-Stein and his potty mouth said, “That Kentucky shit is no joke, and the cool thing is being with the Warriors is like the closest thing to Kentucky in the league.”
If you get a chance, head over there and read the entire story if you’re subscriber. Great stuff.
[The Athletic: “Former Kentucky players find common bond at NBA Summer League”]