Good morning, Big Blue Nation! Happy Friday to you all.
Thursday was quite the day for news in the world of UK Athletics, so we’ll start today with a quick review of what you may have missed yesterday and a preview of what you can expect today.
BBNBA Trade Deadline
Thursday afternoon was the official NBA Trade Deadline, where all NBA franchises had until 3 p.m. to move players leading up to the second half of the season.
And as we’ve seen over the last several years, multiple former Kentucky players were involved in trades, ranging from high profile moves to small.
To get things rolling late on Wednesday evening, former Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt was part of a 12-player, four-team trade that sent him from Denver to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the same trade, Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets was sent to Atlanta, while Robert Covington of Minnesota was sent to Houston, among other moves.
From there, Brandon Knight was traded from Cleveland to Detroit in a high-profile trade that sent star center Andre Drummond back to Cleveland. Knight was originally drafted by the Pistons to start his career back in 2011.
The Portland Trail Blazers also sent Skal Labissiere and cash to Atlanta in exchange for a future second round pick.
In arguably the biggest trade of the deadline that didn’t involve a Kentucky player specifically, the Timberwolves also finalized a deal to receive Louisville native D’Angelo Russell – Karl-Anthony Towns’ best friend – in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and multiple draft picks.
Towns, who had not been shy about his impatience with the Timberwolves and their inability to win games this season, was absolutely thrilled to see his friend join him on Minnesota.
In fact, the former Wildcat was waiting for Russell at the airport with his newly-printed jersey hot off the press:
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— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 7, 2020
To celebrate the Trade Deadline, I recorded a special edition of the Sources Say Podcast with KSR’s own Zack Geoghegan, where we break down all of the biggest trades and what they mean for the former Wildcats involved.
Keep your eyes peeled for that this morning.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to participate in NBA Skills Challenge
With Detroit point guard Derrick Rose pulling out of the NBA Skills Challenge, former Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been announced as his replacement.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 6, 2020
Gilgeous-Alexander is also set to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge.
NBA All-Star Weekend is set to begin a week from today on Feb. 14. The Celebrity Game Will tip things off on Friday, followed by the Rising Stars Challenge. From there, the Dunk Contest, 3-Point Contest, and Skills Challenge will take place on Saturday, followed by the All-Star Game on Sunday.
Kentucky WBB pull off gritty victory over Alabama
With superstar guard Rhyne Howard still out due to injury, the Kentucky women’s basketball team managed to pull off a difficult 66-62 victory over Alabama (13-10) on Thursday evening.
Senior Sabrina Haines led the Wildcats with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the win, followed by Chasity Patterson and Jaida Roper, who also hit the double-digit scoring mark. Patterson finished with 11 points, three rebounds, and four assists while Roper contributed 10 points, four rebounds, and five assists while shooting 7-8 from the free throw line.
As a team, all eight Kentucky players that saw the floor put up at least two points.
In the tough defensive battle, UK shot just 37.7 percent from the field, but also managed to make life rough for Alabama on the other end of the floor. The Crimson Tide turned the ball over 17 times, which Kentucky was able to convert into 21 points. Both teams made 23 field goals each.
For the entire game recap, check out Zack’s article from last night below:
Calipari, players set to speak at noon
Before they hit the road for Knoxville, John Calipari and select men’s basketball players will speak to the media this afternoon.
The players are expected to get things rolling at noon, followed by Calipari at 12:15 p.m.
We’ll have all of the updates from the media opportunity right here on the website. Be sure to tune in.
Calipari is hyped for the trip to Knoxville
Following Kentucky’s victory over Mississippi State, John Calipari was sure to give his team the praise they deserved during his postgame meeting.
If his Wildcats can play the same way they did at home against MSU when they make the trip to Knoxville on Saturday afternoon, Calipari feels they’ll be in good shape.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 5, 2020
KSR in an hour
Who’s ready for another KSR remote LIVE from Lexington?
This morning, Matt Jones and the KSR crew are live from Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road from 10 a.m. to noon.
There, they will break down Kentucky’s upcoming matchup against Tennessee on Saturday, along with update fans on a wild day of news in the world of UK Athletics.
You won’t want to miss it.