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BBNBA: Davis and Cousins already need help

 

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Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are both really, really good. The rest of the New Orleans Pelicans roster is not built to help them. At all.

Cousins and Davis combined for 61 points and 28 rebounds in last night’s loss to the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, only five other players on the team scored, and those five combined to score just 30 points. The two former Kentucky big men aren’t going to put up Hall of Fame numbers every night. When they don’t the Pelicans are going to be in some trouble.

Davis is making some history with his start to the past two seasons:

Numbers:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis103-91 loss to Grizzlies339-23 (1-2)180015-1540
DeMarcus Cousins103-91 loss to Grizzlies289-21 (3-9)102074+638
Darius Miller103-91 loss to Grizzlies00-1 (0-1)00010-1217
Andrew Harrison103-91 win over Pelicans21-6 (0-0)21011-219
John Wall120-115 win over 76ers2810-28 (0-3)58022+1937
Jodie Meeks120-115 win over 76ers143-8 (1-2)10000-419
Nerlens Noel117-111 loss to Hawks166-6 (0-0)110130+920
Karl-Anthony Towns107-99 loss to Spurs188-15 (0-1)131212+035
De'Aaron Fox105-100 loss to Rockets147-15 (0-2)45003-724
Willie Cauley-Stein105-100 loss to Rockets2110-15 (0-0)101031+332
Skal Labissiere105-100 loss to Rockets125-9 (0-0)101005+433
Devin Booker124-76 loss to Trail Blazers126-17 (0-3)52210-2927
Eric Bledsoe124-76 loss to Trail Blazers155-18 (1-6)43215-4129
Tyler Ulis124-76 loss to Trail Blazers10-3 (0-1)02102-1615
Jamal Murray106-96 loss to Jazz82-6 (2-5)22003+920
Trey Lyles106-96 loss to Jazz00-0 (0-0)00000+62
Malik Monk102-90 loss to Pistons31-9 (1-6)01003-821
Bam Adebayo116-109 loss to Magic00-1 (0-0)00000+36

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
  • New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson and Dakari Johnson), 8pm ET on TNT
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET on TNT

@BrettBibbinsKSR


Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall just DESTROYED the Philadelphia 76ers

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The vast majority of former Wildcats are getting their NBA seasons underway tonight, and one of them has already made a jaw-dropping highlight.

John Wall just destroyed Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Viewer discretion is advised.

RIP to that poor, poor 76er. John Wall is officially back.


BBNBA Returns Tonight

BBNBA Returns Tonight

The wait is finally over. Last night, the NBA season tipped off with arguably the four best teams in the NBA playing. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a single former Cat that played last night. Tonight is a different story. Here are your games for tonight:

  • Philadelphia at Washington (Wall and Meeks)- 7pm (ESPN)
  • Charlotte (Monk and Kidd-Gilchrist) at Detroit- 7pm
  • Brooklyn at Indiana (Poythress) 7pm
  • Miami (Adebayo) at Orlando- 7pm
  • Milwaukee (Liggins) at Boston- 7:30pm
  • New Orleans (Cousins, Davis, Miller, and Rondo*) at Memphis (An. Harrison) 8pm
  • Atlanta at Dallas (Noel)- 8:30pm
  • Denver (Lyles and Murray) at Utah- 9pm
  • Minnesota (Towns) at San Antonio- 9:30pm (ESPN)
  • Portland at Phoenix (Bledsoe, Booker, Knight and Ulis) 10pm
  • Houston at Sacramento (Labissiere, Fox, and Cauley-Stein)- 10pm

*-Player is currently injured

Here is your list of all of the Cats in the NBA that was posted yesterday:


Kentucky leads nation with 27 former players on NBA rosters

Kentucky leads nation with 27 former players on NBA rosters

The NBA regular season starts tonight, and to no one’s surprise, Kentucky once again leads all college basketball programs with 27 former players on opening-day rosters. The next closest program? Duke with 20 former players and North Carolina and Kansas with 16 each.

Kentucky players are now on 15 of the league’s 30 teams and make up more than 5.5 percent of the league’s 489 players. Seven NBA teams feature multiple Wildcats, with New Orleans and Phoenix accounting for four each, followed by Sacramento with three.

Player Team
Malik Monk Charlotte Hornets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte Hornets
Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks
Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
Trey Lyles Denver Nuggets
Alex Poythress Indiana Pacers
Julius Randle Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew Harrison Memphis Grizzlies
Bam Adebayo Miami Heat
DeAndre Liggins Milwaukee Bucks
Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
Darius Miller New Orleans Pelicans
Rajon Rondo New Orleans Pelicans
Enes Kanter New York Knicks
Dakari Johnson Oklahoma City Thunder
Patrick Patterson Oklahoma City Thunder
Eric Bledsoe Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
Brandon Knight Phoenix Suns
Tyler Ulis Phoenix Suns
Skal Labissiere Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings
Jodie Meeks Washington Wizards
John Wall Washington Wizards

Using figures compiled by basketball-reference.com and spotrac.com, Calipari-coached players (which includes Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans but not Jodie Meeks or Rajon Rondo) have amassed nearly $1.5 billion in career NBA contracts ($1.455 billion). In the eight seasons Calipari has been the head coach at Kentucky, his players have totaled more than $1.09 billion in NBA contracts. In just the 2017-18 season alone, UK players are slated to make more than $178 million. Calipari-coached players only (which includes Rose and Evans but not Meeks or Rondo) will make more than $177 million.

That’s a whole lotta money.


De’Aaron Fox HOT TAKE: In-N-Out is “just not good”

De’Aaron Fox HOT TAKE: In-N-Out is “just not good”

De’Aaron Fox is clearly not afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to burgers. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Fox spoke out against one of California’s most venerable institutions: In-N-Out.

Odds are if you know someone who’s ever been to California, you’ve heard of In-N-Out. The burger chain, which exists only on the west coast, Utah, and Texas, has developed a cult following for its secret menu and animal-style burgers and fries; however, De’Aaron Fox, who has had ample time to try In-N-Out since moving to Sacramento this summer, is not impressed.

I heard you’re really into breakfast food. Have you found your favorite brunch spot in Sacramento yet?
Yeah, but I can’t tell you because then people are going to meet me there. All I gotta say, you can tell everybody that lives in the state of California this: In-N-Out is not good.

What’s your beef with In-N-Out Burger?
Their burgers are overrated. They’re OK.

Even Animal Style?
Yes. People always say, you haven’t tried this. You haven’t tried that. I’m like, “Yeah, I looked up the secret menu. I’ve tried it all. It’s just not good.”

That’s controversial. What’s the best fast food spot then?
Honestly, for me, I don’t count Chick-fil-A, because it’s way too good to be considered fast food. So I’m gonna say Wendy’s. Fat Burger in L.A. is better than In-N-Out. My fans know I keep it real. I’ve told so many people I hate In-N-Out, it’s funny. Now everyone can read about it.

I’m kind of on De’Aaron’s side here. I’ve had In-N-Out a few times, and while it’s always good, I don’t think it lives up to the hype. It’s definitely not worth waiting almost 20 minutes in line for like I did in San Francisco a few years ago. You’ve gotta give the chain props for some awesome marketing; by refusing to expand to the eastern half of the country, they keep their mystique intact. Meanwhile, you can get a tasty square patty burger at Wendy’s anywhere, without the wait.

More from Fox, who just bought a new Tesla, at the link below.

[Rolling Stone]


Karl-Anthony Towns broadcasts himself playing video games for three hours

Karl-Anthony Towns broadcasts himself playing video games for three hours

Have you ever wanted to watch a former Kentucky Wildcat and current NBA star play video games for three hours?

If so, today is your lucky day!

Karl-Anthony Towns went on Twitch to play Battlegrounds with gamers and fans across the world last week, staying on a whole lot longer than most people would…

Check out Towns interact with fans and shoot some bad guys in this video:

Watch Baby Jesus! from KarlTowns on www.twitch.tv

Here’s a quick screen grab from the video:

I feel like we say it all the time, but it never gets old.

Never change, Karl.


De’Aaron Fox competes in Sacramento’s rookie dance contest

De’Aaron Fox competes in Sacramento’s rookie dance contest

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Last night, former Wildcat De’Aaron Fox competed against Harry Giles, Justin Jackson, and Frank Mason in a rookie dance contest at Sacramento’s annual Fan Fest.

Fox did the Soulja Boy, while we also saw hat-tips to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” from Jackson and a backflip from Mason.

How do you think he fared against his formal rivals-turned-teammates?

Don’t let Colin Cowherd watch this. He couldn’t bear to see another Kentucky rookie bippity-boppity-booping around the court again.

Here’s the 36-second dance he was referring to in Wall’s rookie season:

On a lighter note, here are some other images of former Wildcats from Fan Fest:

 


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Andrew Harrison expected to make the Grizzlies’ roster

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The NBA season starts tomorrow, which means teams across the league are making their final roster cuts. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Andrew Harrison will make the Memphis Grizzlies’ roster, which is excellent news.

Last season, Harrison averaged 5.9 points and 2.8 assists for the Grizzlies. Interestingly, he and Mario Chalmers are making the roster ahead of Wade Baldwin, the former Vanderbilt guard whom the Grizzlies drafted 17th overall in 2016. The Grizzlies are expected to waive Baldwin today, the second first-rounder they’ve had to part ways with in recent years. Talk about a whiff.

Let’s celebrate Andrew’s good news with his highlights from last season:

 


Denver Post: Jamal Murray ready for pain-free season

Even though he was here for just one season, Jamal Murray became a fan favorite. Whether it was his quick release on his shot or firing an “arrow” at EJ Floral, Murray captured the heart of Kentucky fans.

In his first season in the NBA, the former Cat averaged 9.9 points in just a little over 25 minutes per game. This was all while battling two Sports Hernias through the majority of the season. Per the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a sports hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. Personally, I can’t imagine playing basketball with one hernia let alone two.

Today, the Denver Post published an article about the now healthy Jamal Murray. On the hernias, the article said:

“The pain began as soon as Jamal Murray moved to get out of bed.

It persisted during light pregame stretches. It reached a level Murray “couldn’t explain” when he’d slide laterally on defense or barrel through traffic for a layup.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said that Murray never said a word about the injury, which shows his mental toughness.

The article goes more in depth about Murray and how he has dealt with past injuries. You can find it in its’ entirety by clicking HERE.


Several NBA Cats waived on Saturday afternoon

Most days we have good news to report about former Wildcats in the NBA.

Today, however, there’s a bit of bad news.

Three former Kentucky Wildcats have been waived by their respective NBA teams.

Despite superstar guard Damian Lillard taking him under his wing, Isaiah Briscoe has been released by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Former Cat Archie Goodwin was included on the Portland roster cuts, as well.

After signing with the Heat on October 11, DeAndre Liggins has been released by the team.

This is the fifth time Liggins has either traded or waived this offseason, though the Heat are expected to keep him on their G-League affiliate.

Here was the entire list of local roster cuts to kick off the weekend:

With the NBA season officially kicking off this week, this news comes at a rough time as teams are making their final cuts to get down to the maximum 15-man roster. That being said, hopefully we see new homes for the former Wildcats sooner rather than later.


UK Basketball Recruiting Rewind: Anthony Davis

It’s time for another Recruiting Rewind. Want more? Reminisce with me as we look back on the recruitments of John Wall, Terrence Jones, Nerlens Noel, Karl-Anthony Towns, Brandon Knight, and Willie Cauley-Stein.


Does Big Blue Madness signal the official beginning of the basketball season? I always thought it was the first non-exhibition game, but if it means I get to say the season is truly underway almost 4 weeks early, I’ll take it.

So to celebrate the “official” start of the season, we’re rewinding to 2010, when Coach Cal landed the eventual alpha of the 2012 National Championship team, The Brow himself, Anthony Davis.

The Recruitment

The go-to fun tid-bit regarding Davis is his remarkable high school growth spurt. Over the course of 4 years, he grew nearly a foot, transforming from a potential Cleveland State point guard to the number 1 overall player in the 2011 class.

By the time his evolution was complete, his opponents didn’t stand a chance.

The word “unfair” comes to mind.

The final race for AD’s services came down to UK, DePaul, Syracuse and Ohio State.

The Commitment

Davis committed to Kentucky in August of 2010, over a year before he would debut for the Cats. Kentucky dodged a bit of a bullet, though, because of allegations that came out hot on the heels of his impending decision.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Davis’ father, Anthony Davis Sr., had requested upwards of $200,000 for his sons’ services. After a swift response from Lexington lawyers, The Sun-Times was forced to amend their piece, now calling the pay-for-play request “rumors”, before eventually citing sources from multiple universities from whom Davis Sr. had requested money.

Nothing would come of the reports, and Davis and his family publicly denied any under the table dealings. They also threatened to sue the Sun-Times, but both sides slowly dropped the issue.

As the hype for Davis continued to build, preseason accolades began to roll in. He was lauded as the potential no. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, as well as being a potential All-American.

But Davis would receive only one vote for preseason AP All-American team.

Man, I bet those folks wish they could cast that ballot again.

The Performance

Averaging 32 minutes played in each of the team’s 40 games, Davis was assembly line levels of efficient. He averaged a double-double, with 14.2 points and 10.4 boards a game to go along with 4.7 blocks. He broke records left and right, taking a backseat only when someone else was carrying the team.

I mean, the guy was a big play machine.

And where does making plays like that on a weekly basis take you?

@JayWinkKSR


UK fan adds John Wall tattoo next to his Tyler Ulis tattoo

UK fan adds John Wall tattoo next to his Tyler Ulis tattoo

Do you remember the Kentucky fan’s awesome tattoo of Tyler Ulis from earlier this year? (If not, click here.)

Well, he’s back with another tattoo of a former UK point guard, and it rivals his Ulis ink.

Look at his new John Wall tat:

@crusty050505

I don’t know what he’s going for, but it’s very well done. John Wall saw it and tweeted, “Love man!!”


Malik Monk still doing Malik Monk things in the NBA

Malik Monk still doing Malik Monk things in the NBA

A door opened for Malik Monk when Nicolas Batum suffered an elbow injury that will keep him out up to eight months. Batum was to be the Charlotte Hornets’ starting shooting guard, but that spot is now up for grabs in a competition between Monk and veteran Jeremy Lamb.

Monk made a strong case for it to be him, in a preseason game last night.

The former Wildcat led the Hornets with 21 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics. He even surprised fans by moving over to point guard, where he provided some much-needed energy at the position.

Then there is this: a three-pointer late in the game to keep his team close — a shot we saw more than once when Monk was wearing Kentucky blue in Lexington.

Here are the full highlights from the game:

Sleeper pick for Rookie of the Year?


DeAndre Liggins signs with the Miami Heat

DeAndre Liggins signs with the Miami Heat

We knew it wouldn’t take long for DeAndre Liggins to find a home. The Miami Heat just announced they have signed Liggins, who will join fellow Cat Bam Adebayo in South Beach to start the season. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Liggins sure looks happy signing that contract:

@MiamiHEAT

Liggins spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks, and, through a series of offseason trades, ended up in Atlanta and was immediately waived a few weeks ago. Now, he’ll return to Miami, where he played with the Heat in 2014. He also spent two seasons with the Heat’s D-League (not calling it G-League!) affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. It was with the Skyforce that he achieved most of his D-League success, winning Defensive Player of the Year twice and helping them win the 2016 Championship.

Congrats, DeAndre.