Some notes on an interesting afternoon (in which I got my first eagle on a golf course in years…#10 at Hurstbourne Country Club…thank you very much):
— The big news is the NBA Draft Lottery which saw the Julius Randle sweepstakes narrow a bit in scope. The first two picks went to Cleveland and Milwaukee and absent some major shakeup, I think it is unlikely either team picks Julius Randle (probably Wiggins/Parker or Embied). The potential Julius homes probably start at #3 with Philadelphia which could see a scenario in which Randle makes sense…Wiggins and Parker go 1-2 and then they pass on Joel because of Nerlens Noel. Randle could end up in that slot in such a scenario. but most likely Julius’ starts being considered at picks 4-6, which are Orlando, Utah and then Boston. Each of them could use Randle’s skill set and one has to think that he will find a home somewhere in this threesome. For me, I prefer seeing him in Boston, where I think he could become a star in Brad Stevens’ system. His skill set matches the way Stevens coaches, especially on the offensive end, and I think Julius would flourish in such a model franchise. We will hear a great deal about these teams over the next few days as Julius tries to find his home and Kentucky puts another two superstars in the NBA.
The real superstar of the NBA Draft Lottery, the Milwaukee Bucks owner’s daughter Mallory
— Expect to see more released by the end of the month about the UK Summer trip to the Bahamas. It right now looks like it will be sometime between August 9-17 and will involve games against a mix of national teams and Bahamian professional teams. The Cats will get ten practices before the trip and will be able to play 5-6 games, all of which will make the upcoming season a lot more exciting as we begin with a team ready to roll. People often overlook what a difference it made not to have the Harrison Twins and Young on campus during much of the summer workout process this year. That will not be a problem next year as every player is scheduled to be here and the team will get early run with a trip at the Atlantis that should be amazing.
A KSR reader went to Russia and saw these being sold at a store…if they could sell here, people would pay crazy money
— The attempts at playing down the ultimate hype about next year’s team are likely all for naught, as showcased by the comments yesterday by Joe B Hall. Rationally, we all know that the hype last year was a problem and we should not repeat it. But we are UK fans and we are not rational. Instead, we should realize that hype is part of what we do and it is part of what makes UK basketball, UK basketball. Joe B Hall is a legend and one of the best men in the state…but even he can’t help saying that this “could be the greatest season in Kentucky basketball history.” We will continue to hear such comments and they will come from stars like Joe B Hall and goobers like you and me. Stopping the hype is not what we do well and thus I expect many more Joe B Hall-like comments going forward as we get prepared for another crazy ride.
We received this picture of a very attractive UK fan who graduated from UL and painted her cap in UK gear, an act that should give every UK fan (including this one) an immediate crush…I thought I could turn her picture right side up and I don’t know how…I really am functionally computer illiterate
— Finally, I read today that UL player Akoy Agau says that Kentucky fans are “immature.” While I love any comment that increases the rivalry, this one particularly made me laugh. Here is a kid that was suspended by Louisville Coach Rick Pitino (which considering what has gone on at that school in the last year, was a feat in and of itself) and he calls Kentucky fans “immature”, in comparison to his UL brethren. Look Akoy, I know you are new to this rivalry and considering your play last season, have had a great deal of time to observe it from the sidelines while watching your team’s two losses. But I would suggest that if you want to see immature, just look at your former teammates (hello Chane! Hello Kevin!), your current Coach (whose take on an Italian Restaurant’s slogan is “When You’re There, You’re Not Family, but are naked on the floor with me”) or your fanbase, whose current status is best described by this cartoon recently sent to me:
Akoy, immature or not, Kentucky owns you and your team. Concentrating on fixing this scoreboard (Louisville 1, Calipari/UK 6), and then worry yourself with the UK fan bases immaturity level. Yes we may be crazy, but with the state of your game, you won’t have to worry about any “Akoy Agau tattoos” coming your way from the Card Nation any time soon.
See you folks tomorrow (and listen to the Rod Rhodes interview on podcast from today, it was really good).