Tonight, we celebrate the 22nd birthday of Enes Kanter, the Turkish sensation that came to Kentucky three years ago, but sadly, never got to play in a game. Thanks to the NCAA, Enes was never eligible at UK, but his presence was undeniable that season. The #FreeEnes campaign united the Big Blue Nation against the NCAA, and the slogan was everywhere, from pro golfer Josh Teater’s shoes to rap videos, signs, jack-o-lanterns, and t-shirts across the world. And, of course, there was his unforgettable entrance at Big Blue Madness as The Undertaker, which may go down as the best player intro in BBM history:
Things are going pretty well for Enes these days. He’s averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Utah Jazz, and because there’s not a lot to do in Salt Lake City, his Twitter game is also flourishing. Over the years, Enes has posted some truly random stuff on social media, including hilarious Valentine’s photoshops, pictures of himself working out on the beach, wrestling with gators, and wearing odd hats. Unfortunately, most of his tweets are now in Turkish, but knowing Enes, he’s still having a wild and crazy time. Happy birthday, big guy. Go buy another crazy hat.
News and views time.
The NBA Draft Lottery order is set
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Orlando Magic
5. Utah Jazz
6. Boston Celtics
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Charlotte Hornets
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Phoenix Suns
The NBA Draft Lottery went down on Tuesday night, and through the magic of some midwestern witch, the Cleveland Cavaliers got the first pick for the third time in four years. Maybe Johnny Manziel can be the guy to bring Andrew Wiggins out of his shell, or show Jabari Parker the world outside the library. Why this matters to you: Julius Randle will probably go to either Orlando, Utah, or Boston. He’s interviewed with all three, and former Cats are on each squad (Orlando: Doron Lamb; Utah: Enes Kanter; Celtics: Rondo).
Meanwhile, the Cavs getting the number one pick yet again has everyone rumbling about LeBron possibly returning there next year, which in turn has everyone rumbling about Cal. Thankfully, the Cavaliers need a coach now, and the chances of Cal leaving before this season are about as good as the chances he gives up Orange Leaf.
…please don’t give up Orange Leaf, Cal.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly interested in Calipari
Of course they are. Who wouldn’t be? HoopsCritic.com’s Brian Geltzeiler says that even though the Grizzlies already have a coach, Memphis is prepared to make a “substantial” offer to Cal and are reaching out to gau—
UofL’s Akoy Agau thinks UK fans are immature
UofL freshman center Akoy Agau went on an Omaha talk show on Tuesday and wasted no time firing shots at Cats fans by saying he believes UofL fans are “more mature” than their UK counterparts:
“It’s literally, if you win, you have exactly 365 days until the next game you play each other to brag and talk all the crap they want,” he said. “It’s literally all they do. It’s red and blue just going back at each other. If a Louisville player does something, all the Kentucky fans want to … publicize it or get it out.
“I personally feel like our fans are more mature. I hope there’s not any Kentucky fans listening.”
Obviously Akoy hasn’t met many Louisville fans yet. Akoy, feel free to check out our comments section. There are plenty there.
The UK baseball team advances to play Florida in the SEC Tournament
The UK baseball team beat Alabama 7-1 in the opening round of the SEC Tournament on Tuesday night, advancing to play number one seed Florida in the next round Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. If you’re anywhere near Hoover, Alabama, go lend your support.
Rodrick Rhodes called into KSR and it was awesome
After someone called in pretending to be him last week, Rodrick Rhodes called into the radio show this morning to set the record straight that he’s no Duke fan, and tell everyone how a kid from Jersey City ended up coaching high school basketball in Eastern Kentucky. It was a surprisingly charming interview in which Rodrick opened up about how difficult it was to watch the 1996 team win the title after he transferred, what it’s like to deal with fan criticism, his decision to return to Kentucky to coach high school ball, and how much he’s come to love the Eastern part of the state. What an unexpected and pleasant blast from the past.
Governor Beshear and Mayor Jim Gray will be on the show Friday
We encourage you to listen to KSR everyday, but Friday’s show is one you won’t want to miss. Governor Steve Beshear and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will come on to talk about the status of the Rupp Arena renovation project, and whether or not there’s still hope for state funding. We asked Senate President Robert Stivers to come on to give his side of the story, but he’s too busy doing something.
See you in the morning.