Well done, BBN! Another work week down, and for many of you, you now get to look forward to a three-day weekend to celebrate Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday dedicated to honoring and mourning those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This weekend also marks the unofficial start of summer.
Public pools may not be open yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get on a boat and enjoy the water or enjoy your own backyard pool if you have one. If not, heat up that grill and enjoy some quality family time with your loved ones.
As we honor those who have given their lives for the country and celebrate the unofficial start to summer, let’s check in on what’s happening around the state and in the world of sports.
Restaurants open up today
Not feeling an afternoon by the grill? Have a night out at your favorite restaurant.
For the first time, Kentucky restaurants are allowed to reopen their dining rooms at a limited capacity. Starting today, restaurants are set to lead phase two of the reopening of the state, with dining rooms now set to open at 33% capacity, along with unlimited outdoor seating with proper social distancing in place.
Speaking of restaurants, KSBar and Grille is set to host indoor and outdoor guests starting today, with expanded seating available for guests wishing to eat and drink outside. The restaurant will be spacing tables six feet apart inside and out, along with implementing a new three-part cleaning process to sanitize tables in between customers.
Still not ready to venture out? Don’t worry; KSBar is still offering curbside takeout and delivery, including the phenomenal 8 for $8 lunch specials, late night happy hour, and family meals.
Just went by @KSBarAndGrille and it looks GREAT for the reopening of restaurants tomorrow!!!
Lots of new outside seating, reservations for inside. It is set up very well
Hope folks will come visit sometime this weekend
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 21, 2020
Make sure you stop by at KSBar, along with your other favorite local restaurants this weekend.
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield takes virtual visit with Kentucky
Kentucky hosted one of the top prospects in high school basketball on a virtual visit on Thursday evening.
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield – a top-five prospect in the class of 2022 – participated in the virtual visit with the Kentucky coaching staff last night, his mother, Antoinette Huntley, told KSR.
“It was nice! Will do another one in a few weeks,” she told KSR.
Huntley-Hatfield, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, is considered the No. 4 overall prospect and No. 1 power forward in the 2022 247Sports Composite Rankings. The five-star prospect is also seen as a serious reclassification candidate, with most believing he will ultimately opt to reclassify back to his original 2021 class in the future.
When it comes time for a decision, Kentucky is seen as the heavy favorite, with UK picking up two FutureCasts for the five-star forward on Rivals.com and three Crystal Ball picks on 247Sports.com. Originally from Clarksville, TN, Huntley-Hatfield is the cousin of former UK forward Alex Poythress.
KSR will have a full breakdown of the virtual visit later today.
Jonathan Kuminga is dropping his top five
While Kentucky is laying the groundwork for one of the top prospects in the class of 2022, they will also find out if they remain in contention for arguably the No. 1 prospect in all of high school basketball today.
This afternoon, 2021 five-star forward and No. 1 overall prospect Jonathan Kuminga is set to cut his list down to five, his first cut since trimming his list to ten back in November. Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Texas Tech, and Washington are the current schools remaining in contention.
The expectation is that Kuminga will ultimately decide to reclassify to the class of 2020, though the destination is currently up in the air. At various points, Texas Tech, LSU, Duke, Georgia, and Kentucky have all been seen as the favorite to land the five-star prospect.
Should he jump up to 2020, the general consensus is that Kentucky would not be the likely destination, though the UK staff is still working to add one final piece to the 2020-21 roster.
Could they swing for the fences and make a late effort to land the No. 1 prospect in the nation? We’ll see if UK takes a step toward that by making the final list today.
Calipari and Huggins catch up with CBS Sports
It’s no secret John Calipari and Bob Huggins have been close friends on and off the court for several decades, and yesterday, they discussed that friendship on CBS Sports Connected.
In an interview between Huggins and CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson, Calipari surprised Huggins by jumping on their Zoom call, where the coaches reminisced about their on-court battles and friendship off the floor.
Among the stories? Calipari having to beg Huggins to have dinner with him after his first victory over the now-West Virginia coach, along with Huggins having a heart attack and being told in an ambulance by Calipari’s cousin that he couldn’t die until Coach Cal beat him on the basketball court.
Check out the back-and-forth between the legendary coaches:
"He's only growing a beard because I did…your whole life you wanted to be just like me."
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 21, 2020
NBA working toward July return
Who’s ready for some basketball?
According to two new reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is actively working toward a return to play at some point in July, with Orlando’s Walt Disney World being seen as the overwhelming favorite to host the games.
“The NBA is in serious discussions with Disney about the property, which has gained clear momentum over cities such as Las Vegas,” Charania reported. “It remains unclear when the games would begin, but multiple sources say the prospect of players fully training in mid-June and playing by mid-July has been the most popular and possible scenario discussed. NBA commissioner Adam Silver told the Board of Governors on May 12 that he aims to decide on the season in two-to-four weeks, and that he wants to wait as long as he can to make final decisions.”
And then on Thursday afternoon, Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets posted on Twitter that he is hearing games are being tentatively scheduled to return on July 15.
That’s just practice… I heard those last 5 games at bubble site start July 15th. https://t.co/EsF3omehYQ
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) May 21, 2020
Later in the afternoon, Indiana Pacers columnist Grant Afseth reported that training camp is being tentatively scheduled from June 20-July 10, followed by regular season games from July 15-23 and the Playoffs from July 25 through late September.
Take a look at the schedule breakdown:
Was told this is the timeline for the NBA’s return:
Training Camp: June 20 – July 10
5 Regular Season Games: July 15-23
1st Round: July 25 – Aug 7
2nd Round: Aug 8 – Aug 21
Conference Finals: Aug 22 – Sep 5
Finals: Sep 7 – Sep 20
NBA Draft: Sep 25
Free Agency: Oct 1
— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) May 21, 2020
KSR in an hour
You ready, Christian County? Today is your day on Kentucky Sports Radio.
This morning from 10 a.m. to noon, Matt Jones and the KSR crew are set to discuss everything you need to know about Christian County, along with all of the other craziness going on in the state and in the world of sports.
Tomorrow is CHRISTIAN COUNTY day on KSR Radio. Hopkinsville folks, it’s your time
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 21, 2020
You won’t want to miss it.