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4th of July Morning Notes During A Difficult Time

Wednesday was a tough day. Big Blue Nation lost a legend with the passing of Jared Lorenzen at 38 years young. I still can’t believe these words as I type them. Our good buddy lost a battle with cardiac and renal issues sometime Wednesday afternoon, six days after checking into a hospital in Northern Kentucky. Jared’s many fans and friends and former teammates, and even some former rivals, are crushed, absolutely devastated, by the loss of a such a special human being. The big fella was so fun to watch on the field and even more fun to be around, and it is a tragedy that his fun-loving life was cut short.

We will continue to remember Jared throughout the day with more stories and highlights from his extraordinary life and football career.

But first, some news of other things that don’t seem all that important right now:

— Tyler Herro had a strong showing in his second NBA summer league game on Wednesday. Herro scored 20 points in the Heat’s final game of the three-game slate in the California Classic out in Sacramento. The former Wildcat averaged 19 points in his two appearances, tying another former Wildcat, Wenyen Gabriel, for the second-best average in the four-team event.

Check out Herro’s highlights from the 20-piece:

— Wenyen Gabriel did more than scoring in his first two games of his second summer; he was also the top rebounder in the California Classic with 17 rebounds in two games. If he can keep playing that way through the Las Vegas summer league, Gabriel may just land a full roster spot with the Kings this fall.

— Kentucky’s other summer leaguer, Keldon Johnson, is already impressing his new teammates. Spurs’ forward Thomas Robinson said of Johnson, “He’s baby Russ, that’s what I call him,” and, “I definitely see the makings of a superstar in him.”

— The Las Vegas summer league (the big one) starts tomorrow with thirteen former Wildcats on summer league rosters:

Tyler Herro, Miami Heat
Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornets
Reid Travis, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Knox, New York Knicks
Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder
Jarred Vanderbilt, Denver Nuggets
Isaac Humphries, Los Angeles Clippers
Wenyen Gabriel, Sacramento Kings
Skal Labissiere, Portland Trail Blazers
Derek Willis, Phoenix Suns
Mychal Mulder, Chicago Bulls
Aaron Harrison, Boston Celtics

PJ Washington will not play due to soreness in his left foot, his new head coach said yesterday. Good luck to everyone else.

— Almost all of the pieces have fallen into place in NBA free agency, yet DeMarcus Cousins still doesn’t have a team. Cousins’ options are very limited, per reports, but the latest rumor is he has been in contact with the San Antonio Spurs. Can you get behind Boogie in San Antonio with Keldon Johnson?

Today’s KSR radio show will be a “Best Of” edition. No new episode of your favorite radio show this morning due to the holiday. We will instead re-air the Monday morning show following Kentucky’s streak-snapping win at Florida last football season.

— I’ll leave you with this heartbreaking clip of Jared from an interview with WKYT in 2016. Thanks to Lee K. Howard for sharing it.

Now let’s all try to enjoy this 4th of July holiday and the long weekend for those who get tomorrow off too.

Jared would be pissed if we didn’t.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for 4th of July Morning Notes During A Difficult Time

  1. kybred1
    9:20 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    Good Job here Drew!

  2. Bluehender
    9:23 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    I didn’t know or ever meet Jared. But it hurts like a family member. So sad…the only football game I’ve ever been to was to see Jared’s team play Tennessee on a cold day with my dad. The memories of that day with my dad, who is now gone, are even more special now. Praying for his family..

  3. RealCatsFan
    9:59 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    Wow, things were just going so well for our football program. we were flying high with recruiting and looking forward to another fun, competitive season. This is like a punch to the gut. I hope our football team can dedicate their season to Jared’s memory. Godspeed to his friends and family. Jared will be looking down on every game from the best seats in the house.

    • blueforlife
      11:48 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

      It was definitely a shocker. He just seemed to be like one of the many boys from Kentucky. A bit blue collar, hard working guy a bit rough around the edges at times. Never giving up, taking a hit for the team. Raised up the way many of us good ol Kentucky boys were raised. I’m not all that good with words, but I’m sure y’all all know what I’m trying to say. This will be the toughest loss for many seasons to come. Rest In Peace #22. Go Cats.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:14 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    I still can’t believe it. A young lady (young to me) that I go to church with, and who is a very good friend to me and my family and who was only 50 just died and we’re in shock from that (needless to say the whole family is). She and her aunt taught my daughter in Bible class several times when she was small, and this young lady referred to all her students as her babies. She has a daughter who is in college. Jared was only 38. Man, prayers for those kids especially.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:27 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

      CG, so sorry for the loss of your friend. I have so many people to pray for this week.

  5. RealCatsFan
    10:28 am July 4, 2019 Permalink

    Sitting here listening to the KSR Show replay from after the Florida win, and it makes me so grateful that Jared was able to see that happen.