Cats in the NBA
Former Kentucky Players in the NBA
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 31st, 2019 @ 2:30pm
After admitting he’s still scared of the dark on Sarah Spain’s podcast yesterday, Anthony Davis went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to share more about his new life as a Los Angeles Laker.
In addition to revealing that people on Instagram knew he was traded to the Lakers before he did because he was watching a movie and ignoring his agent’s calls, Davis gave us some insight into how he picked his new jersey number. LeBron James tried to give him the No. 23, but Nike said no, so Davis picked No. 3 by seeing what looked best on him in the video game NBA2K.
“But honestly, I just chose No. 3 because I went on 2K, the video game, and I couldn’t choose a number,” he said. “They were like, ‘You can’t pick 23, you have to pick another number.’ So I’m literally in my living room, on the video game, going to myself, edit player, and I’m going through all the numbers. The funny thing is it would go 21, 22, 25, and I’m like, ‘Dang, can’t get to 23.’ So I saw No. 3 and I was like, ‘This takes me back to elementary school where it all started,’ and I went back to No. 3.”
Works just as well as anything, I guess. Davis also described what it was like to attend one of LeBron James’ famous Taco Tuesday family dinners and whether or not he wants to do more movies after filming a cameo in Space Jam 2. Enjoy below.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 30th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
We’ve seen a wide variety of first pitches from Kentucky Basketball players over the years, most notably John Wall’s awful attempt in 2011. Tonight, Tyler Herro turned in a much more impressive performance at the Miami Marlins/Minnesota Twins game:
From the court to the field, ain’t nothing like a little #HerroBall. ? x ??
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 30, 2019
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Here’s a closeup of that shirt, if you’re curious:
Herro and Miami are like peas and carrots.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 30th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
How serious is Enes Kanter about becoming a professional wrestler? He recently went to Atlanta to seek the guidance of WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page. In a half-hour documentary for theScore, Diamond Dallas Page sees if “Enes the Menace” has what it takes to join the WWE once his basketball days are over, a dream the former Cat has had since first watching wrestling at Kentucky.
“I remember when I was 17 years old, I was going to Kentucky and I remember for the first time watching the WWE because we don’t have that in Turkey. I watched that and I fell in love with it from the first match it was on the TV. I was like, you know what, I’m only going to play basketball until I’m 34 or 35. Why not do this after my basketball career?”
Does Diamond Dallas Page believe in Enes? Find out below:
I have a feeling this will come up on tomorrow’s show.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 30th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
Anthony Davis is a six-time NBA All-Star, a two-time gold medalist, and an NCAA Champion, but there’s one thing that absolutely terrifies him: the dark.
On the latest episode of That’s What She Said with Sarah Spain, Davis admitted that he’s still scared of the dark and sleeps with the lights on.
“TV on, bathroom light on, some light has to be on,” Davis said. “I wish I wasn’t scared of the dark.”
Davis said the fear stems from watching “too many crazy movies” growing up, which “messed me up for life.” He said being scared of the dark is the thing he’d like to change most about himself, but for now, the people in his life will just have to deal with it.
“We ain’t gonna make it,” Davis said when asked what would happen if he fell in love with someone who needed complete darkness to sleep. “It’s over with.”
See kids, even superstars have fears. To listen to the interview, click here.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 30th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
DeMarcus Cousins will be contending for his first NBA title next season with his new team, the Lakers, and his new teammates, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, in his new city, Los Angeles. To get ready for the big season with his new club, Cousins is working on his game by abusing regular everyday guys like you and me in a rec league in Las Vegas.
The big guy is currently averaging 40 points and 14 rebounds in two games with Team Livin’ The Dream at Life Time Athletic’s Summerlin location.
This seems a little unfair (via @UltimateHoops on Instagram):
The league’s website says it is open to all skill levels, 18 years or older, and it costs $89-$119 per player, depending on location.
One of Cousins’ teammates in last night’s game was Jordan Swopshire, brother of former Louisville player Jared Swopshire.
By Brett Bibbins on ©July 28th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
If you feel like you haven’t heard much on Brandon Knight in the last few years, you’d be correct. Between a multitude of injuries keeping him out the majority of the last two seasons and being on teams that have been in the cellar of the NBA standings, Knight hasn’t been able to live up to the potential he showed through his first five years in the league.
Knight has one year left on his current contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, so he’ll need to show out in order to get solid offers in next summer’s free agency. Knight’s been hard at work this summer in Miami with Stanley Remy of Remy Workouts. Remy is an NBA Skills Development Trainer who has worked with the likes of Dwyane Wade, Victor Oladipo, and Andre Drummond to name a few.
Here’s a look at Knight’s most recent highlights.
— Brandon Knight (@Goodknight11) July 29, 2019
NBA Guards John Wall and Terry Rozier have participated in these pick-up games in the past as well. Knight gave us a look at some of the games earlier this summer as well.
— Brandon Knight (@Goodknight11) July 20, 2019
If Knight can get back to the same form he had from 2011-2016, he’ll be getting looks as the primary off-the-bench guard for a contending team. He was entirely too good of a player with far too much potential to not make one last run at being a notable NBA contributor.
By Brett Bibbins on ©July 28th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin joined the roster of the Armored Athlete team in The Basketball Tournament this weekend. We all saw the Bluegrass Boys fall in the first round of TBT last weekend, as well as the DeMarcus Cousins’ coached Loyalty Is Love team advance to the Quarter Finals out of the Lexington region.
? BREAKING NEWS ?: @ArmoredAthlete checking in with a HUGE addition ahead of this weekend's Syracuse Regional.
— TBT (@thetournament) July 24, 2019
This weekend, up in Syracuse, Archie Goodwin’s team went 1-1 as the No. 2 seed before falling to the No. 3 seeded Team Brotherly Love, which is a Philly-based team mostly filled with former players from Drexel, Rider, and Temple.
Goodwin finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal in 23 minutes in Armored Athlete’s 96-69 win over Team Draddy, which is a Manhattan College alumni team. In the second game of the weekend, Armored Athlete fell to Team Brotherly Love by the score of 90-82. Goodwin had six points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in nearly 28 minutes.
Armored Athlete was filled with some names you may remember from big-time college programs, including North Carolina’s JP Tokoto, Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Isaac Haas from Purdue, Terrico White and Murphy Holloway from Ole Miss, Texas Tech’s John Roberson, and Arnett Moultrie from Mississippi State.
After spending some time in the Chinese Basketball League before coming back over to the G-League to end the season this year, Goodwin is left weighing his options as he tries to make it as a professional basketball player. Now that he’s out of TBT, DeMarcus Cousins’ team is the lone former Cat in the running for the championship.
Former Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison is reportedly keeping his basketball home in Turkey.
According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, Harrison is resigning with Galatasary, who are based out of Istanbul and a member of the Turkish League.
— Emiliano Carchia (@Carchia) July 27, 2019
Harrison, 24, appeared in nine games last season for Galatasaray in the EuroCup, averaging 13.1 points, 31. rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. He made his impact the same way he did during his tenure in Lexington – from the perimeter. The former Wildcat made 19-43 attempts from three, a 44 percent clip.
It wasn’t long ago that Harrison received an invitation to join the Boston Celtics Summer League squad and there was an optimistic hope of an NBA return. However, averages of 4.2 points and 12.2 minutes in five games during the Las Vegas portion of Summer League didn’t do him any favors. He chose to return to a familiar scene as a result.
Last season, Harrison and Galatasary made it all the way to the Turkish League semifinals before being knocked out. Harrison was also named as a 2019 Turkish League All-Star. He’s teammates with former Notre Dame center, Zach Auguste.
Check out Harrison’s highlights from this past season.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 28th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
The Rockets have once again found themselves in contention for the NBA title this season with the reunion of Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the H-Town, and now they need some role players. One guy they’re looking at is ex-Cat and former Rocket Terrence Jones.
Rockets like what they have with their minimum signings, especially with Anthony Bennett. The team is looking at bringing Terrence Jones back, per a source.
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) July 26, 2019
Terrence Jones was originally drafted by Houston after the 2012 National Championship season, where he spent four injury-ridden seasons with the franchise. When the Rockets made their run to Western Conference Finals in 2015, Jones averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds during the postseason starting nine of the 17 games he played in.
He had a short time with the Pelicans and the Bucks before returning to the Rockets on a 10-day contract last season, but his contract was not renewed.
It’s been a wild year for T. Jones. He was G-Leauge player of the week back in February. As I mentioned earlier he did sign a 10-day with the Rockets which ultimately didn’t get renewed before the playoffs. In May, he signed a deal with TNT KaTropa of the Philippines for the 2019 PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) Commissioner’s Cup. That, of course, led to the infamous brawl in June where Terrence got caught with a vicious clothesline.
Now, after a crazy 2019, it looks like Jones might find himself back with the Rockets after all.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 28th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
It’s just about that time of year when Madden and NBA 2k will finally hit the shelves and occupy more of my time than it should. With both games coming out in the next two months, both franchises have been dropping hints about ratings to get fans excited for the newest version of their game.
Madden comes out in about two weeks or so, so those ratings are already released, but 2k still has some time to kill so they’re releasing ratings ever so often, and this week it was De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo’s turn to receive their ratings.
Fox came in at 86 overall, which sets him up to be one of the top 10 point guards in the game. This rating is a big jump for Fox as he began last year at a 78 overall, before climbing to 83 at the end of the season.
Fox, a big gamer himself, told a local reporter his rating was “cool.”
Fox’s former teammate, Bam Adebayo, received his rating coming in at a 79 overall.
— 13am Adebayo? (@Bam1of1) July 26, 2019
That’s been a pretty consistent spot for Bam as he started last year as a 78 overall before sticking at 79.
Some other former Wildcats with confirmed NBA 2k20 ratings:
Anthony Davis- 94 overall
Karl Anthony Towns- 89 Overall
Jamal Murray- 84 Overall
NBA 2k20 will release on September 6th.
By Nick Roush on ©July 27th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
After an up and down rookie season, Hamidou Diallo is using the 2019 NBA offseason to take his game to a new level with former Wildcat teammate, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
In his first year in the league, Diallo played sparingly. Less than a month into the action he scored a career-high 18 points vs. the Kings, but he never saw the court for more than 20 minutes the rest of the year. Diallo finished his rookie campaign averaging 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in just 10.3 minutes per game.
Even though he did not see the court too often, he made the most of his opportunities. Diallo’s highlights at the rim earned him a spot in the Slam Dunk Contest. The title was Diallo’s once he jumped over Shaq and hung on the rim with his elbow.
Determined to receive more time on the hardwood for the rebuilding Thunder in 2019-20, Diallo told the New York Daily News his primary focus this offseason is on improving his basketball IQ.
“I feel like that’s the biggest game-changer, just knowing the game and seeing out the floor, and sniffing things out before they can happen,” he said.
“Last year coming in, I was still looking for minutes and still felt like I deserved more minutes, but things happen, things occur, and it’s basketball. This year I’m coming in and I just trust my work. And I’m putting in work day in and day out, and I mean it’s no payoff. I’m gonna have to go out there and produce on the court. And I just have to keep preparing myself to take a jump.”
Oklahoma City’s brightest star, Russell Westbrook, may have departed, but it made way for Diallo to team up with his old UK backcourt running-mate, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
“I feel like it’s going to be great. He’s a well experienced guy, he’s been in the league, he’s been starting,” Diallo said of SGA, who averaged 10 points and three assists on 37 percent three-point shooting last season. “We’re both competitors. I know him pretty well and I can’t wait to get out there on the court with him.”
Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox is quietly having an incredibly busy offseason. If it’s not he’s not making free money off Hulu he’s dropping his own line of Nike‘s. Head and Shoulder commercials coupled with visits to Jimmy Kimmel Live! have occupied his free time. And oh yeah, he also finished third in the NBA’s voting for Most Improved Player after posting averages of 17 points and seven steals per game as a second-year point guard.
But now it’s time to go from competing for a MIP to winning an MVP. A solid first step is being named to the USA Men’s Select Team.
In a press release sent out by the NBA, Fox will join his teammate Marvin Bagley III on the Select Team, who is set to train with the USA Men’s National Team as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup in September.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 25, 2019
The Select Team is comprised of mostly younger players who have already proven to be NBA contributors such as Trae Young, John Collins, and Joe Harris. Fox’s other teammate, Harrison Barnes, is a member of the National Team.
Fox could even make his way onto the actual World Cup roster if he impresses during training camp.
“I think that’s probably what the discussion has been with (Fox),” USA Basketball Chief Communications Officer Craig Miller told The Sacramento Bee. “Right now he’s on the Select Team, but it is possible that he could be brought up.”
But even if he doesn’t make the National Team, learning under well-respected coaches such as Gregg Popovich, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Few is a major bonus for the former Wildcat. At 21-years-old, Fox is about to enter his third NBA season as one of the most promising young prospects in the entire league. Watching him dunk on the entire country of the Czech Republic would be something else.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 26th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
It’s becoming a common trend this summer for top-tier NBA players to back out of participating with Team USA in the upcoming FIBA World Cup. But before he could receive an invitation, former Kentucky and current Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reportedly never wanted to join in the first place.
According to The Arizona Republic, Booker’s agent notified Team USA director Jerry Colangelo two months ago that his client would not accept an invitation to join the training camp roster.
“Team USA director Jerry Colangelo told The Republic on Wednesday Booker’s agent advised him two months ago Booker wanted to focus on getting healthy and ready for the 2019-20 season,” Duane Rankin wrote.
“So Booker was never invited, Colangelo said via text.”
Superstars such as Anthony Davis, James Harden, Bradley Beal, and Damian Lillard have all decided to focus on offseason training instead of playing for Team USA. Other stars such as LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Steph Curry never even planned on joining from the beginning.
Without Booker and company, Team USA will still have the best roster out of any country. Players such as Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, and Kevin Love (along with Julius Randle, who was recently added as a replacement) will make up more than enough talent that the US needs in order to win the World Cup next month. But Booker declining an invite is telling.
Over the course of the last two seasons, Booker has been riddled with various injuries that have sidelined him for a total of 46 games. Heading into his fifth NBA season, he finally has a serviceable point guard next to him in Ricky Rubio. The Suns don’t project as a playoff team, but they will have more talent this season than they have had since Booker was drafted. Phoenix has collected its assets and spent the last several years in the lottery – it would appear they’re ready to at least try and escape from the lower half of the league.
The way the Toronto Raptors handled Leonard’s load management last year is going to be a reoccurring theme going forward. If high-profile players don’t have to risk injury, they simply won’t do it anymore. And while it hides them from the media and fans, it benefits their bodies more than anything else that matters.
It would have been exciting to watch Booker sport the red, white, and blue, he’s about to enter the first year of his maximum contract extension. It’s time to lock-in. Phoenix is going to be a fun League Pass team this season.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 26th, 2019 @ 8:45pm
Bam Adebayo might be making a trip to China soon.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat center has accepted an invitation to join the Team USA training camp.
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has accepted an invitation to Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup tournament in China, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 27, 2019
Adebayo will join former Wildcat and current New York Knicks forward Julius Randle on the training camp roster while Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox is set to join the Select Team.
If you would like to check out the current roster for both the National Team and the Select Team, click the link here.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 26th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Anthony Davis’ trade demand out of New Orleans and onto the Los Angeles Lakers has been met with all sorts of ranging criticism. Some have taken the stance of Davis and the player empowerment era whereas others have fed into the belief that players should fully honor their contracts no matter the situation.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has sided with the latter.
During an appearance on the Warriors Insider Podcast, Kerr called out Davis and his trade demand made this past year that saw him work his way out of New Orleans despite having two years left on his contract.
“I’m talking more about the Anthony Davis situation,” Kerr said on The Warriors Insider Podcast according to CBS Sports. “Where a guy is perfectly healthy and has a couple years left on his deal and says, ‘I want to leave.’ That’s a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with.
When you sign on that dotted line, you owe your effort and your play to that team, to that city, to the fans. And then [once the contract runs out] it’s completely your right to leave as a free agent. But if you sign the contract, then you should be bound to that contract.
If you come to an agreement with the team that, hey, it’s probably best for us to part ways, that’s one thing. But the Davis stuff was really kind of groundbreaking — and hopefully not a trend, because it’s bad for the league.”
So I have a few different thoughts on this. The obvious comparison here would be Kevin Durant teaming up with the 73-win Warriors and how that wouldn’t be considered “bad for the league”. But Kerr did also mention in the podcast that what Durant did (and also what LeBron James did when he left Cleveland) happened while he was a free agent, whereas Davis was still under contract.
However, what I have to offer on that subject is the type of deals those players signed once they were free agents. LeBron and Durant famously signed up for contracts that allowed them to become free agents the very next season. By signing two- or three-year deals where the final year is a player option, it essentially grants them the same kind of power that Davis flexed in order to move to LA. They want to choose where they play and they know they have the power to do so. Kawhi Leonard recently signed a two-plus-one (three-year deal with a third-year player option) with the Los Angeles Clippers so he doesn’t have to get himself into a situation like he was in San Antonio ever again.
And what happens if Davis doesn’t request the trade? What if New Orleans lost him for nothing in two years with still little to show from it? At least this way – as ugly as it was – the Pelicans find themselves in the midst of the quickest rebuild in recent memory. The organization had seven years of Davis to make things work and never could. It’s not his fault that they finally wised up and added a General Manager in David Griffin, who actually knows what he’s doing, right as he wanted out. Truth be told, the Pelicans are in a far better position than they could have possibly dreamed of had Davis decided to live out his contract.
I also would like to point to the Blake Griffin-Clippers situation. Remember when the Clips signed Griffin to a five-year, $171 million contract and labeled him a “Clipper for life” only to trade him to Detroit less than a year later? There is hardly any loyalty in the NBA on either side. Outside of Damian Lillard and Steph Curry, there isn’t a player in the league that could be guranteed to finish their career where it began – and those two took pay cuts to do so. NBA franchises have been raking over players for decades and the tables are finally turning. Naturally, that upsets the people in charge.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has already addressed the rise in player power and how the league is going to look into the matter. But the solution really is as simple as it sounds: just let players decide where they want to play. They’re already doing their best to make sure it happens and the parity in the NBA is the highest it’s been in a decade as a result.
Locking All-Star level players into poorly run franchises with poor market value for up to seven years before they can even sniff unrestricted free agency is ridiculous. Why should Davis have to waste away his prime years on a team that can’t properly build around him? Or around a team that earns maybe two national TV games a season? If an NBA team doesn’t want a player, they’ll trade him, and it’s business as usual. Davis flipped the script. If you feel you can make the most of your talents somewhere else, wouldn’t you want to leave, too?
This isn’t hard. Let’s stop feeding into the idea that people shouldn’t be allowed to pick where they work.
If you ever find yourself in a position where you are trash talking an actual NBA player despite not being in the NBA yourself, it might be time to reevaluate your priorities.
The poor (yet foolish) gentleman in the clip below learned this lesson the hard way after taking things a bit too far with former Kentucky center Bam Adebayo during a run at the Miami Pro League.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 24, 2019
This dude is the future of the Miami Heat, why would anyone in their right mind go after him? He’s a 6-foot-10 athletic alien with feet quicker than a Muhammad Ali jab. Has no one seen the video of Serena Williams absolutely destroying regular dudes at tennis? To this day, one of the most entertaining corners of the Internet is the one filled with kids named Danny who think they can take down professionals at their own craft. Adebayo was just carrying on the tradition and thank goodness someone got it on film.
My question for the trash talker at hand is this: why go for the stepback jumper on Bam? That’s just poor scouting. Adebayo is sending that one back down your throat every single time. Odds are you aren’t getting a clean look off against a locked-in Adebayo anyways, but at least make a pretty pass or something.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 24, 2019
I mean, seriously. If Adebayo ever does this in an NBA game then go ahead and give him the max contract. Who in their right mind would willingly come after this man? That’s a level of confidence that is almost too dangerous to overcome.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 26th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Go ahead and start Googling those sketchy streaming websites, because you’re going to want to listen in on the Golden State Warriors home broadcast next season.
According to a press release sent out by the Warriors, former Kentucky basketball guard Kelenna Azubuike is set to join the broadcast booth as the color analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area.
Kelenna Azubuike to join Warriors TV broadcasts as color analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area pic.twitter.com/INMfkXy0xv
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) July 26, 2019
Azubuike will replace 75-year-old Jim Barnett – who will transition to radio – and for the first time in 35 years, the Warriors will have a new color commentator. The former Wildcat joins play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald, who has assumed the position for almost 23 years now.
“The season can’t get here soon enough now. I’m hyped,” Azubuike said in a phone interview on Friday, according to The Athletic. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with Bob. He’s a professional. I’m just thankful. Thank you to the Warriors, Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, Rick Welts for believing in me.”
The Warriors are set to move into a brand new, state-of-the-art arena – The Chase Center – and Azubuike, 35, will help christen it.
It won’t be an unfamiliar move, however, as he’s been a member of the production studio since 2016, appearing on-air before and after games. He also spent four of his five seasons in the NBA with the Warriors (including the 2006-07 “We Believe” team led by Baron Davis) before a serious knee injury derailed his career. During the 2008-09 season, Azubuike averaged 14.4 points and five rebounds in 71 games with Golden State (the franchise would draft Steph Curry that summer).
“We think Kelenna is one of the bright, young stars in the broadcasting business,” Warriors president and COO Rick Welts said in the team’s press release. “He’s done an outstanding job the last few seasons as a member of our pre, halftime and post-game shows on NBC Sports Bay Area, and his familiarity with our team, our players and our fans dating back to the ‘We Believe’ days will serve him well in this new role. His presence will add a new dimension to our TV broadcasts and we are thrilled with the addition.”
Good luck to Kelenna. Warriors games just got 100 percent more tolerable for those late-night League Pass cravings.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 26th, 2019 @ 4:15pm
Bill Simmons was recently asked who he believes will be the best point guard in the NBA in five years. The question came up on Simmons’ podcast and the fan who raised it named guys like Ben Simmons, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Ja Morant and even Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as potential answers.
Simmons said De’Aaron Fox.
“Fox to me is like the old-school point guard that combines a lot of different guys that I like,” Simmons told his podcast listeners. “There’s some Westbrook athleticism with him, there is some Chris Paul run-the-game, doesn’t really care about stats. I think he’s incredibly unselfish and is just an awesome teammate.”
In five years Fox will be 26 years old and going into his eighth NBA season, likely still with the Kings on a huge contract. In only his second NBA season on an extremely young Sacramento team last year, Fox averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 assists per game. Give him five more years to grow and develop, and Simmons might be right in his high expectations for the former Cat.
Now let’s watch highlights from Fox’s NBA sophomore year:
Our days of liking the New Orleans Pelicans are no more.
It wasn’t all that long ago when New Orleans had five former Kentucky Wildcats on its roster, often playing four of them on the floor at once during the 2017-18 season. But now things are completely different in the Pelicans locker room as the New Orleans roster has flipped to the dark side by including five former Duke players in 2019-20.
JJ Redick, one of the five Dukies, in addition to Frank Jackson, Jahlil Okafor, the newly-acquired Brandon Ingram and rookie phenom Zion Williamson, said New Orleans is now, “Duke South.” (Vomit.) “We may have an all-Duke team.”
Throw in former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball and there are six villains in New Orleans, a franchise we rallied behind during its Anthony Davis era. Now we can only hope they lose every game.
There is one problem with that mindset, though: Darius Miller just re-signed with the Pelicans, a two-year deal worth $14.25 million, and WE LOVE DARIUS MILLER. Poor guy has to share a locker room and a team plane with that filth. It’s great that Miller is making it in the NBA and being paid well going into his eighth season as a professional, but we gotta get my man out of there.
We hate the Pelicans.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 25th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Even when Enes Kanter is trying to do something charitable, he can’t catch a break.
This weekend, Kanter was scheduled to host a free basketball camp for over 300 kids at the Islamic Center of Long Island; however, he was forced to cancel it after the mosque received threats from the Turkish Consulate in New York.
For the past several years, Kanter has been a vocal critic of Turkish president Reccip Tayyip Erdogan, who wants him dead or imprisoned because he supports Fethullah Gulen, a cleric blamed for a failed coup back in 2016. Last year, a Turkish court indicted Kanter on terrorism charges and Erdogan had Interpol put him on “red notice,” which prohibits him from traveling safely outside of the United States. He regularly receives death threats, to the point that the FBI installed a panic button next to his bed earlier this year.
On Twitter, Kanter criticizing the mosque for not calling the police on the people who left the threats and instead “bowing down before this dictator and his regime”:
Such a disgrace that @TRConsulNY attacked @ICLINY through their bully tactics and caused my camp’s cancellation; they punished over 300+ New Yorker kids who were supposed to have a free Basketball camp. This is how the #TurkishDictator operates. pic.twitter.com/CmHmnqWSgH
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 25, 2019
This week, Kanter has been in Washington D.C., meeting with members of Congress to discuss human rights, free speech, and his ability to travel outside of the U.S. in the upcoming NBA season. Yesterday, he met with New York Rep. Kathleen Rice, who vowed to help him find an alternative location for the camp:
This is shameful. My office is working with @EnesKanter to find an alternative location nearby that can host his camp.
These kids deserve this opportunity.
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) July 25, 2019