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Jay Bilas explains controversial NBA comments on Hey Kentucky

On June 17, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas made headlines by tweeting that college programs and coaches didn’t develop NBA talent. Instead, they just recruited them to their respective schools.

“One thing: college programs “don’t “produce” pros, they recruit them,” he said. “Good coaches at every level help players improve but [they] don’t “produce” pros.”

After getting backlash on social media about the comments, Matt Jones decided to have Bilas on Hey Kentucky to discuss his controversial comments this evening.

Take a look at their back-and-forth below:

In the entire episode, Matt and Mary Jo talk about Matt Bevin’s re-election, Kerry Blackshear’s decision to sign with Florida, and how Democrats are looking to make Mitch McConnell public enemy number one in the 2020 election.

Check it out here:

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16 Comments for Jay Bilas explains controversial NBA comments on Hey Kentucky



  1. bbn606
    10:58 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Isn’t time to stop having him explain every time he says something about UK.



    • chardun20
      12:03 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      It is getting old.



    • 2andToodleLoo
      6:19 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Agree! Makes fan base look overly sensitive which is probably accurate but still…



    • CatfaninCinci
      6:54 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, to America we look like cry babies… And some segment of us are. Matt doesn’t care though. People like Bilas just drive viewership.



    • ukisgr8
      8:26 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Agree, and I love the Governor. Having to fix the mess created in Frankfort by our last sorry Governor. God help us when the basement dwellers generation takes control of the government. Straight out Marxists. No thanks



  2. Catscats23
    11:53 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    He didnt explain a single thing lol. I’m not sure what he said exactly.



  3. Cole28
    12:11 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Just a couple of Dookies talking UK sports.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:59 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      Just a couple of Dookie lawyers talking UK sports, and I would watch it if I cared…fixed it for you.



    • BPatte
      9:48 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

      He’s a thinks he knows it all Duke graduate! I hate the guys on ESPN, try not to watch any of their channels!



  4. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:43 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Who received backlash on social media? Matt Jones or Jay Bilas? The article is written as if it’s Matt Jones. It’s obviously Bilas who is, but that’s not how it’s written.



  5. ukblue22
    9:17 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    I gave him a logical pass on the last instance of throwing shade toward UK. This time he can’t explain it away. He’s a smart guy that assumes the rest of the world is stupid.



  6. truebluefootballfan
    10:07 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Jay ‘back pedal’ Bilas



  7. Bluebloodtoo
    11:07 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Bilas didn’t back pedal at all. He stuck to his story, but threw in some atta boys for calipari so the BBN would shut up. He obviously took the call seriously since he was in his t shirt on the couch during the call. Waste of everyone’s time.



  8. ukcamel
    11:23 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    What a bunch of straw man bull crap. No one is saying that Cal can turn a bum into an All-American. We are saying that all else equal, Cal does a better job developing players for the next level. That the same player that Cal gets drafted in the early first round might be a late first-rounder if he went elsewhere, like maybe Duke. Or the same guy Cal gets drafted in the second round might go undrafted if he went elsewhere. And that Cal’s players do better in the NBA than if they went elsewhere, like maybe Duke.

    This can easily be seen looking at the past 10 years. Time after time, Kentucky players move up the draft and find “unexpected” success in the NBA (not all of them, but way more often than not). Meanwhile Duke players move down in the draft and struggle in the NBA. The most notable exception was the guy who played the fewest games at Duke (Kyrie). Okafor, Hood, Parker, Bolden, Austin Rivers, Sulaimon, Tyus Jones, Winslow, Jeter, Frank Jackson, Duval, Wendall Carter, and the list goes on. And on the other side, mild success for Ingraham, Tatum and Marvin Bagley.

    Bilas can say it’s all luck if he wants to, but the outcomes are empirically and significantly better for Kentucky players.



  9. notFromhere
    11:33 am June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Already said it. No backtracking. Don’t care what he says now. Just not interested