Sunday night was a tough one for the legacy of the late Jerry Kraus after ESPN and The Last Dance reminded everyone of the inner-organization drama that ended the Chicago Bulls’ run in the 90s. Fair or not, we’re all siding with Michael, Scottie, Phil and the Bulls after Episodes 1 and 2 of the new 10-part docuseries pulled back the curtain on the inner-organization drama that eventually brought down a dynasty.
The Last Dance, the most anticipated non-live sporting event that I can remember, then left us hanging with the story of the criminally underpaid Scottie Pippen sitting out to start the 1997-98 NBA season. The internet latched on to Pippen’s quote about delaying his offseason ankle surgery that cost him the beginning of that season: “I’m not gonna f*** my summer up,” Pippen said of the move.
Another interesting (and telling) moment in the first episode that really stuck out to me is when Jordan laughed at the notion his first Bulls team was a “traveling cocaine circus.”
“I was pretty much on my own after that,” Jordan said after telling a story of walking into one of his teammates’ hotel parties on the road.
MJ's laugh at the "Bulls Traveling Cocaine Circus" pic.twitter.com/RddFdN7I1J
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) April 20, 2020
I’d tell you more about The Last Dance and encourage you to watch it next week, but you watched it last night. Everyone did.
Tom Hart to host KSR today.
Matt Jones is out for the day for family reasons, Ryan Lemond the same, and Tom Hart has accepted the challenge to host today’s show in his place. However, due to the state of the world we are living in, Tom is unable to go to a local studio in Atlanta so we’re currently trying to find a way to put him in the KSR big chair from a remote location.
Assuming it all works out and I believe it will, you’ll get two hours of Tom Hart on KSR to talk a little Bulls dynasty, life at home and the latest in Kentucky sports.
Be sure to tune in.
It’s finally NFL Draft week.
It gets going Thursday with an at-home version of this year’s draft. Lynn Bowden and Logan Stenberg are the two to watch out of Kentucky and both are looking at third-round ceilings, maybe even the second if someone decides to give one a chance ahead of where analysts project. It will get clearer as the week goes on.
Is Kevin Knox done in New York?
Leon Rose doesn’t know what to make of the former Kentucky Wildcat. As the story goes, Rose, the Knicks’ new president, wishes he had seen more of Knox before COVID-19 shut down the league. Marc Berman of the New York Post writes, “According to a source, Rose still doesn’t know what to make of Knox and doesn’t know if the 20-year-old is part of their future. That is despite Kentucky coach John Calipari’s warning not to trade Knox.” So it sounds like Coach Cal is trying to help.
Rose will eventually (whenever the NBA is back) have to exercise the fourth year of Knox’s rookie contract at $5.8 million or send him packing for a second chance somewhere else. Defense and quickness are two major concerns in Knox’s game and his 6.4 points per game in 2019-20 make you wonder if the Knicks have seen enough offense to ride out Knox’s potential a little longer.
If Knox is relieved of his duties in New York, a fresh start could be good for his struggling career.
“Black in Blue” to air tonight on KET.
Learn more about Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett, and Houston Hogg; the four Kentucky football players who knocked down the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference in the 1960s. The special documentary, directed and produced by a couple of UK grads, tells the story of UK’s trailblazers and what they endured while breaking the color line.
Here’s the complete list of air times and dates for “Black in Blue”:
Monday April 20, 2020 9:00 pm ET on KET
Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:00 am ET on KET
Monday April 27, 2020 3:00 am ET on KETKY
Monday April 27, 2020 11:30 am ET on KETKY
Monday April 27, 2020 8:00 pm ET on KETKY
Thursday April 30, 2020 12:00 am ET on KETKY
Thursday April 30, 2020 8:30 am ET on KETKY
Thursday April 30, 2020 5:00 pm ET on KETKY
A replay of this past season’s UK-Georgia football game is airing right now on the SEC Network.
Kentucky lost that one in the rain, a moral victory with Lynn Bowden at quarterback, some said when it happened. The network is calling it a “draft preview” to promote Bowden and others. Plenty of football left if you need something to watch on this Monday morning.
Central Kentucky family on today’s Family Feud.
A Georgetown family will appear on today’s episode of Family Feud and KSR Funkhouser’s own Richmond Bramblet spoke with them ahead of their episode about what it’s like competing on the show:
The Holders can be seen with Steve Harvey on the 7 p.m. edition of the show on the CW Network. Be sure to record/watch that one because if I’m not mistaken Family Feud airs approximately 533 times a day.
That’ll do it for now. As always, Go Cats.