Rise and shine, BBN! It’s Friday!
The summer schedule for UK Athletics is slowly starting to kick in, as the Kentucky basketball, football, baseball, softball, and volleyball seasons, among others, have all come to a close.
Have no fear though, BBN. We’ll get you through with plenty of news and other wackiness in the most ridiculous way possible.
Let’s get started.
Brad Calipari is in the transfer portal
Yesterday morning, Al.com’s Matt Zenitz broke the news that John Calipari’s son, Brad Calipari, was officially in the transfer portal.
Not long afterward, the likes of Evan Daniels and Jeff Goodman confirmed the news, followed by the Kentucky head coach himself addressing – and confirming – the reports on Twitter later that evening.
Calipari said that while he loves coaching his son in Lexington, he understands that it’s difficult to get playing time if you’re not a core rotation player. If Brad wants to go somewhere with the opportunity to get more minutes, he would support that decision.
“It’s hard to get minutes at Kentucky — EVEN IF YOU’RE MY SON,” Calipari said. “Brad is going to take his time with his decision and weigh all options,” he said. “No matter what he does, he has my full support. If he decides to leave, I know our fans will continue to root for him. And if he decides to come back, I’ll soak in every moment to coach my son.”
This certainly isn’t the first time rumors of the Kentucky guard’s transfer have come up. When he decided to redshirt this past season to preserve two more years of college eligibility, the idea of a move seemed like a possibility from the outside.
And then later in the year during an interview with Jim Rome, Calipari said it was on the table.
“He can go to another school, a smaller school where he’ll play more,” Cal said, before adding he believes Brad will stay at Kentucky.
It’s not 100% official and we don’t know of any potential landing spots quite yet, but it’s certainly looking like Brad’s Kentucky career is over.
How does the Kentucky 2019-20 roster look as of today?
With the NBA Draft deadline now behind us, we’re now right on the cusp of having a finalized roster for next season.
But what does that look like now with EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards back, along with Calipari likely gone?
Here is the very loose depth as of today:
PG: Ashton Hagans/Immanuel Quickley
SG: Tyrese Maxey/Johnny Juzang
SF: Kahlil Whitney/Dontaie Allen/Zan Payne
PF: EJ Montgomery/Keion Brooks Jr./Brennan Canada
C: Nick Richards/Nate Sestina
There is also the possibility that Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. makes the move to Lexington next season, where he would almost certainly jump into the starting lineup.
If you missed Pilgrim’s Insider Notes last night breaking down the possibility of that, along with the massive decisions of Montgomery and Richards, you can find that below:
DeMarcus Cousins is back
It hasn’t been an easy road for former Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, but after recovering from two separate injuries, a torn Achilles and a torn left quad, over the last 16 months, he was finally rewarded with minutes in the NBA Finals last night.
Active for the first time since the first round of the NBA Playoffs, Cousins logged eight minutes, finishing with three points, two assists, and two steals.
After the game, the Golden State big man said it “felt good” to finally be back out on the floor with his teammates.
"It felt good to be a part of that energy tonight."
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 31, 2019
Cousins’ Warriors fell to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 by a final score of 118-109, but it was still great to see the former Wildcat back out there.
Game 2 is set for Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET in Toronto.
Former Cats showing off during NFL OTA offseason workouts
Rookie minicamp has come and gone, and now, NFL teams are turning toward closing out the rest of their offseason workouts.
OTAs are currently taking place across the league, and several former Wildcats are doing what it takes to separate themselves from the pack.
Pittsburgh running back Benny Snell showed off a move we are all too familiar with against a Steeler teammate:
— Jordan Dajani (@JDajani247) May 30, 2019
Cleveland wide receiver Dorian Baker also broke loose in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown on day nine of OTAs for the Browns:
— Pat Chiesa (@PatChiesa) May 30, 2019
Meanwhile, former Wildcat Za’Darius Smith is getting used to his uniform color and number change, going from Baltimore purple to Green Bay green.
— Za'Darius Smith (@TheRealZSmith) May 30, 2019
KSR in an hour
Ryan Lemond is out, but Matt Jones, Drew Franklin, and Shannon the Dude will all be LIVE on KSR Radio this morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.
This is Matt’s last show before he takes his vacation, so you won’t want to miss it.