Sometimes we get a photo that we store in a special lockbox with a six-digit key code for use throughout the rest of eternity. This photo of John Calipari riding a camel on the day after he was falsely reported as contacting the Knicks is one of those photos. You will see it on many Hump Days and other special Calipari events from now until the end of KSR time.
Now about that interest in the Knicks job…
1. John Calipari denied the reports of his interest in the Knicks job.
Early Thursday evening, reports spread saying Calipari had contacted the New York Knicks about the franchise’s open president position. The reports went as high as ESPN, but didn’t reach Calipari’s radar because he was sound asleep in Egypt while his name was being thrown all around the college basketball and NBA newswires. Then when Calipari woke up around midnight eastern time, he quickly got word of what was being said and he adamantly denied any contact with the Knicks.
“NO ONE has contacted the Knicks on my behalf,” he tweeted. “I am the coach at Kentucky and will be for a long time!”
“Even in Egypt I can’t escape the rumors. Are you kidding me?! It’s 5 in the morning here and this is what I wake up to?”
So we’ll just file this one with all of the other Calipari-to-the-NBA rumors we hear each and every summer. We’re getting pretty immune to them now, although it is nice to get the annual summertime confirmation that he plans to stay at Kentucky for a long time.
2. Calipari and Team USA rode camels today.
How did Coach Cal get his mind off the inaccurate reports back in America? He took his USA U19 team out to ride camels and see the pyramids.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2017
Camel races. I won! pic.twitter.com/RHQxquzsQR
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2017
It looks hot there.
3. Diallo and Washington led the way in scoring in second exhibition game.
The two Wildcats shined once again in the U.S.’s second and final exhibition game in Cairo. Hamidou Diallo led the way in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting; PJ Washington added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists; and the Americans claimed an 82-60 victory over France.
The actual FIBA World Cup competition will begin tomorrow.
4. Four-star basketball prospect visiting today.
According to T.J. Walker of Cats Illustrated fame and fortune, Kentucky will host Marcedus Leech, a four-star wing in the 2019 class, on an unofficial visit today.
He’s been quoted as saying, “I haven’t been offered by Kentucky but they’ve shown a lot of interest and hopefully I’ll get that offer. That’s been my dream since I was a kid. If I get that offer, they’ll be on the top of my list.”
5. Mark your calendar for UK Football Fan Day.
This year’s Fan Day is set for Saturday, August 5, so save that date if you want to attend. More details will follow. I do not have said details at this moment.
6. Lynn Bowden still expected to arrive in Lexington.
Football die hards have been slightly concerned about the status of Lynn Bowden, arguably the best incoming recruit from the Class of 2017. Bowden still hasn’t arrived on campus when all of his teammates are already enrolled, by the strikingly handsome Joe Mussatto over at SEC Country has an update that will make you feel a little bit better about Bowden’s future:
Bowden, unlike his fellow 2017 signees, still hasn’t arrived to campus. A UK spokesperson confirmed two weeks ago that he was still on track to enroll, but the timeline was unclear. Steve Arnold, who coached Bowden at Warren G. Harding High School, provided an updated timeline.
“I talked to Lynn about a week or so ago, and he told me he was gonna leave right after the Fourth of July to head down,” Arnold told SEC Country. [SECCountry.com]
Get in here, Lynn.
7. Rex Chapman played some of the UK freshmen in HORSE.
Be on the lookout for a new video from UK basketball of Rex Chapman playing a friendly yet competitive game of HORSE against guys like Jemarl Baker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. We got a sneak peek of the video yesterday and the full thing should be hitting the internets soon, maybe today.
8. I finally started The Keepers on Netflix last night.
I’m two episodes into Netflix’s The Keepers and I’m already hooked. For those unfamiliar with the seven-part documentary, it explores the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun in the 1960s. I have no idea which direction the next five episodes will go, but the second episode got me emotionally attached (sad + angry) and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead. Good show so far. I recommend it (so far).
9. Matt Jones is still alive and well, somewhere in Croatia.
This photo was taken yesterday:
Do we think he’s checked the website or Twitter in the six days he has been gone?
10. It’s Ladies’ Day on KSR.
Mrs. Tyler Thompson and Jennifer Palumbo are up in the KSR guest host chair(s) today with special guests Erin and Ellen Calipari, Chantel Stoops, and maybe more. Plus it is #AskAnythingFriday, so tune in.