Ten years ago today, our lives changed, although I doubt any of us realized it at the time. On June 29, 2007, the first iPhone was released, an itty bitty thing with a 3.5″ display, 128MB of RAM, and a 2MP camera. It’s amazing how much the smartphone has improved over 10 years, but the iPhone put the internet in everyone’s pocket for the first time, and as a result, most of us are addicted to it now. I can easily say that my iPhone is one of the things I probably can’t live without; however, it’s also the thing I look forward to putting down the most. So, cheers to the iPhone, the most influential invention of the last decade, for better and worse.
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1. PJ Washington and Hamidou Diallo starred in Team USA’s exhibition win
Last night, Team USA played Lithuania in a scrimmage and won 89-66. Leading the way were two Wildcats, PJ Washington and Hamidou Diallo. Washington led all scorers with 18 points and Diallo close behind with 17 points. In his first real game since high school, Diallo said he was just happy to knock off the rust.
“It felt good to get out there and get back on my feet after the flights. I feel like we played well, but there are a bunch of things that we can get better at,” said Diallo. “I felt good. That’s the first time in an official game in a long time, and I felt good. I think I played well, but I’ve got to get better on a bunch of things, I’m still a little rusty, but I felt like I played well and helped my team come up with a W.”
Watch a portion of the scrimmage below. Diallo is No. 47, Washington No. 88:
2. Today, the team will scrimmage France
Team USA will get another taste of competition with a friendly vs. France this afternoon, and if Calipari’s comments after last night’s exhibition are any indication, they need to start talking on defense.
“We were a little sluggish in the first half, and I thought in the second half our pressure and our athleticism kind of wore them down,” said Calipari. “But, our execution is not great. Our biggest issue right now is defensively we don’t talk enough, and they haven’t been together long enough to really know how we wanted to play. I’ve got 10 days to get these guys talking more, playing off one another more. I’m happy were doing a couple scrimmages, so we understand how it is.”
I can hear Calipari screaming and stomping from here.
3. Immanuel Quickley said Kentucky is “definitely” his leader
Evan Daniels set the bar high with his KSR appearance yesterday thanks to an interview with Quickley, one of Calipari’s most coveted prospects. It wasn’t really a secret, but the 6’3″ guard confirmed that Kentucky is his favorite right now.
“I think right now Kentucky is definitely the favorite. I think it’s an advantage because I’m getting to know Coach Calipari right now.”
Quickley is also considering Kansas, Maryland, and Miami, but it sounds to me like he’s ready to come on down and be a Wildcat.
4. Mohamed Bamba’s brother made some serious allegations last night
If you missed it last night, Ibrahim Johnson, the brother of former UK target Mohamed Bamba, made news last night in the worst way possible. In a long and rambling Facebook video, Johnson accused his brother of accepting illegal benefits from a booster. You can read details in Nick’s post about it, but I, for one, very much hope those allegations are false because Bamba seems like an awesome kid. Texas responded to Johnson’s claims late last night, issuing a statement to Yahoo Sports acknowledging it was aware of the allegations while also noting it had not yet been contacted by the NCAA about any potential eligibility issues regarding the prized 2017 recruit.
Here’s hoping Bamba’s brother is just bitter.
5. Both DeAndre Liggins and Kyle Wiltjer got traded to the Clippers
Two former Cats were part of the massive trade to send Chris Paul from the Clippers to the Rockets. It started early yesterday when DeAndre Liggins was traded from Dallas to Houston for cash considerations and later in the day, Liggins, Wiltjer, Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Darrun Hilliard, and Montrezl Harrell were all shipped from the Rockets to the Clippers in exchange for Paul. If that wasn’t enough, Houston is reportedly also trying to acquire Paul George from the Pacers, which would make them the latest “super team” in the league.
6. Rex Chapman is up to something…
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) June 29, 2017
A follow-up tweet from @KentuckyMBB confirms that Rex is shooting another edition of “Horse with the Cats” with Shai and Jemarl. So, something to look forward to.
7. I watched “Hidden Figures” last night
I made the trek up to my old stomping grounds of Danville yesterday to prepare for Friday’s show in Lexington, which meant movie night at mom and dad’s house. We watched last year’s hit “Hidden Figures,” and I am giving it two big thumbs up. The 60’s was one of the most turbulent decades in our country’s history for many reasons — civil rights, women’s rights, war — but the space race brought everyone together, and it was fun to ask my parents where they were when Alan Shepard first went into space, or when John Glenn orbited the Earth. If you’re looking for a patriotic movie to get into the July 4 spirit, I highly recommend it, if only for Octavia Spencer’s sass.
8. Another reminder to update your KSR app to get the new podcast feed and ad-free version
The latest update for our mobile app is an important one as it includes the new podcast feed and the option to sign up for an uninterrupted, ad-free version of the app. You can find the KSR app in the iTunes store here and you can subscribe to the new podcast feed here. Reminder: Subscribers of the old podcast feed will not find any new shows until they make the switch.
9. Do yourself a favor and listen to yesterday’s podcast
We already covered Evan Daniels’ interview with Immanuel Quickley, but I really enjoyed the rest of the show, which featured interviews with Patrick Patterson, Bruce Pearl, and Tom Crean. I never thought I’d say it, but I was especially impressed with Crean, who opened up about his life post-Indiana and answered some tough questions about his future. Crean will always be an easy figure to mock, but I have a newfound respect for him after yesterday’s show. Kudos to Evan for a job well done.
10. Aaron Torres will host today’s show
Evan won’t be an easy act to follow, but if there’s a person to do it, it’s Aaron Torres, author of “One and Fun,” a book chronicling Calipari’s first year at Kentucky. Aaron is one of our favorites here at KSR and gave us a great show last year, so tune in an hour from now to have some fun.