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The NBA Combine’s Tuesday Night News and Views

The NBA Combine got underway today and six Kentucky Wildcats are among the 62 participants in Chicago. Today was a media day of sorts for the players with a circuit of interviews and photo shoots taking up most of their Tuesday. Tomorrow they will begin medical testing and meeting with NBA teams before taking the court for actual basketball on Thursday and Friday.

Here’s the complete schedule of events from DraftExpress.com:

Tuesday, May 12
11:00 AM until completion. Arrivals, media circuit and medical intake (interviews and photo shoot at hotel)

Wednesday, May 13
8:00 AM — 11:00 AM Testing (anthropometric & a portion of the medical testing)
2:00 PM — 7:25 PM Interviews with teams (hotel)
Throughout the day Medical testing for select players (Hospital)

Thursday, May 14
9:00 AM — 11:50 AM Interviews with teams (hotel)
2:00 PM — 6:00 PM On-court session — five-on-five games, shooting drills, strength and agility testing
Throughout the day Medical testing for select players (Hospital)

Friday, May 15
8:30 AM — 11:55 AM Interviews with teams (hotel)
2:00 PM — 6:00 PM On-court session — five-on-five games, shooting drills, strength and agility testing
Throughout the day Medical testing for select players (Hospital)

Saturday, May 16
7:00 AM until completion Medical testing (Hospital)

Sunday, May 17
9:00 AM until completion Medical evaluations with Team Doctors and Athletic Trainers (hospital)

Thursday and Friday’s action will be televised on NBATV and ESPN throughout the day. We’ll have more on when and where you can watch the Cats tomorrow.

Now, for the news…

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John Calipari and UK close to finalizing a contract extension.

Matt did a little digging in his magical bag of sources and learned that UK is very close to adding another year onto John Calipari’s current contract. Matt’s sources tell him the additional year will be for $8 million for the 2021-22 season. Cal is set to earn a $1.6M longevity bonus on July 1 as part of the original contract, and the new contract will be a seven-year, $54 million deal.

I would elaborate on this whole thing and what it means for Calipari’s future in Lexington, but Matt did an outstanding job of that in the post just south of this one. So I’ll just say $8 million annually is a lot of money for a college basketball coach. Good for you, Cal. Good for you.

Andrew Harrison grew up watching Steve Francis and the Rockets.

In an interview with SirusXM NBA Radio at the combine, Andrew Harrison admitted his favorite team is the Houston Rockets and he grew up admiring Steve Francis, his favorite player. Houston will look for a point guard with its first round pick, but Harrison’s current projection suggests the Rockets will consider several others ahead of him. We can still hope, though. Maybe he’ll shine later this week and turn some heads.

Here’s a Devin Booker combine selfie for the ladies.

Now please stop licking his car.

Lloyd Tubman will not return to the University of Kentucky.

The former Kentucky football player is clear of any charges following rape allegations last fall, but he still isn’t allowed back at UK. The Student Conduct Board conducted its own process and denied Tubman’s re-enrollment to the university, thus ending his career as a Wildcat, on and off the field.

Early speculation for Tubman’s next home is Western Kentucky and Louisville. As a big fan of Tubman’s game, the thought of him suiting up for the Cards makes me cringe.

LaGerald Vick to visit on Sunday and Monday.

According to his AAU coach, via 247Sports, 6-foot-5 shooting guard LaGerald Vick will visit Kansas tomorrow and Thursday before spending two days in Lexington on Sunday and Monday.

Vick’s Kansas State visit went “great” this past weekend, but his recruitment is believed to be down to Kansas or Kentucky, assuming he rejoins the 2015 class from 2016.

Mitch Barnhart named Athletic Director of the Year.

Yet some of you can’t get over the hiring of Billy Gillispie.

Jacob Tamme’s 6th annual Swings For Soldiers is set for July 13.

Sign-ups are open for this year’s Swings For Soliders golf scramble, set for Monday, July 13. The classic has raised over $410,000 in five years for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you’re interested in participating or donating to this year’s Swing For Soldiers, visit SwingsForSolder.org for more information and sponsorship opportunities. It’s a fun event for a great cause. And golf with guys like this… tamme-Stoops

 

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

2 Comments for The NBA Combine’s Tuesday Night News and Views



  1. Angelo
    2:30 am May 13, 2015 Permalink

    Great idea. Keep Anthony Davis and Karl Towns under wraps… The less they score the better…
    Who knows, it may help recruiting overall. Look what Wooden did with Jabbar and Walton.



    • J-Dub421
      10:07 am May 13, 2015 Permalink

      What does this have to do with anything in this article?