Happy June 27, KSR Nation. Known by many as Djibouti’s Independence Day,at KSR we refer to today as “The day after Mrs. Tyler’s birthday.” While she celebrates her 23rd birthday, I’ll be taking care of you this morning.
1. Cal Impressed with Kevin Knox
Even though Knox’s hamstring will prevent him from making the trip to Egypt, John Calipari saw enough to know Knox is a special player.
“Kevin looks terrific. Kevin, he was the best player – one of the best. There were three or four guys that stood out and he was one of them. There were times where I just shook my head and said, ‘Wow.’”
Calipari did not pick favorites. This is what he had to say about P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo.
2. What’s Going On?
Calipari’s conference call had an unconventional start. Do you have any idea what’s happening?
3. From High School Straight Into the Pros?
During summertime conference calls, reporters are obligated to ask Calipari if he would change the one-and-done system. It’d be a bigger shock if the question wasn’t asked. He gave a long answer. I won’t bore you with the answer in its entirety, but he’d be fine with it if the money was right for the kids, even though he believes the gap year in college helps them grow immensely.
4. Something for Sneakerheads
Team USA gets the best of the best. Throw out your Duke-bias and appreciate the Kyries they’ll be rocking in Egypt.
5. NBA Honors for Two Cats
Two former Wildcats received second team All-NBA honors yesterday. Jamal Murray was named to the All-Rookie second team. The Denver Nugget finished the season strong and earned Rising Star MVP honors at All-Star Weekend after a slow start to his NBA career. Anthony Davis was picked to the All-Defensive second team, joining Tayshaun Prince (2005-08) and Rajon Rondo (2009-12) as multiple-time defensive team members from the University of Kentucky.
6. The Real MVP
The NBA had their first ever awards show last night, because if there’s something this world needs, it’s another awards show. It had a few good moments. The best exchange was between Bill Russell and Shaq, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Dikembe Mutombo.
– NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
Three former Wildcats were nominated for awards that I believe were created just for the show; all left empty-handed. The NBA handed out awards for Rookie of the Year (Malcolm Brogdon), Defensive Player of the Year (Draymond Green), Sixth Man of the Year (Eric Gordon), Coach of the Year (Mike D’Antoni) and Most Valuable Player, Russell Westbrook.
No! No! No!
You Are The Real MVP…! pic.twitter.com/h8SE9XdgNT
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 27, 2017
Sorry Brodie, but Bill Russell was The Real MVP last night.
7. The Ball Family joined RAW
The Ball family took over WWE’s Monday Night RAW and social media last night. LaVar Ball was where he was meant to be: in a wrestling ring, on a microphone, surrounded by boos.
– Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 27, 2017
I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to embrace the heel after last night’s shenanigans.
8. GLOW is Five Hours of Great TV
Unlike most, I’m not a big binge-watcher. The Office and seasons one and two of House of Cards are the only things that have made me spend hours at a time locked onto my television screen. Sunday I added a knew show to that exclusive club, Netflix’s GLOW.
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are fun. Surrounding the start of women’s wrestling in the 1980s, it puts a washed-up director in charge of a bunch of third rate actresses who are trying to make it big. Each 30-minute episode has a few good laughs. There’s sex, drugs and rock and roll, but the best part is seeing them develop their skills and wrestling personas step-by-step. I’ve only got three episodes left to kill time before the return of Game of Thrones on July 16.
9. James Harrison is Nuts
Have you ever tried playing doubles in sand? It sucks. James Harrison takes sand volleyball a step further by playing with a medicine ball.
– Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 27, 2017
10. It’s Pardon My Take day on KSR
For many, it’s just another day of KSR guest hosts during Matt’s vacation. For me, it’s the equivalent of Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann taking a day off SportsCenter in 1996 to fill in for my boss. It’s even better than that, because Big Cat and PFT Commenter’s show will feature interviews with Malik Monk and Mark Stoops. You can listen here starting at 10:00 a.m.