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Recapping the long night of Diallo Watch (Thursday Show Thread)

Wednesday night was Big Blue Nation at its best (or worst) as we all lost our collective minds over Hamidou Diallo’s decision ahead of the NBA withdrawal deadline. Today, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will look back on the night and what Diallo’s decision means for the 2017-18 Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team.

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83 Comments for Recapping the long night of Diallo Watch (Thursday Show Thread)



  1. Realme
    9:53 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I’m feeling magnanimous this morning towards all the people that overreacted about Hamidou these past months. But it is open season on anyone still trying to find reasons to complain.



  2. Realme
    9:58 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I know some of y’all don’t see the need for Twitter, but last night was why I love it. My timeline was full of people as embarrassed as I was to be so anxious about the decisions of a 19 year old. We all started to wonder if there would even be an announcement last night together. Then Larry and Oscar started getting taken in by the Jeff Gooodman and Seth On Hooops accounts, and we all got slap happy laughing at all the fake outs. Then finally, we got the good news.



  3. Booby Petrino
    10:03 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I’m just happy to say “HAHAHAHAHAHAHA” to all the “he gone” comments that have been posted on here the last few weeks. All the people who said his decision to leave was already made, all the people who said he played Cal, all the negativity…how ya feeling now??? hahahahahaha



  4. Laker Cat 18
    10:05 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I’m excited about his return, but Diallo’s decision waited until this morning for me to find out. I didn’t lose sleep over it. With that said, let’s make a run at #9!



    • secrick
      10:11 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah like you i didn’t wait up to hear but checked KSR first thing this morning.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:17 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      ditto. deep down i knew he was coming back anyway. so i didn’t lose any sleep. but of course i checked my notifications as soon as i woke up to “CONFIRM”



    • J-Dub421
      10:44 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I saw it last night, but I’m always up that late anyway.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:54 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I didn’t want to take the chance of going to bed in a pissed off mood if he had elected to stay in the draft.



  5. Sarahvah
    10:10 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    was I the only one who noticed Matt pre-tweeting the decision?



  6. runningunnin.454
    10:12 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    We be fast and they be slow.



  7. RealCatsFan
    10:15 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Got a kick out of one comment on one of the threads that we were all like a bunch of 6th graders waiting for Santa Clause. Of course I had to throw in the obligatory Christmas Story reference! 🙂



    • ClutchCargo
      10:25 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      6th graders don’t believe in Santa Clause, but I get what you’re saying.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:28 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      The Santa Clause was a movie about Santa Claus…



    • CatManDo
      10:39 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Wait, Santa Clause isn’t real?!



    • Realme
      10:41 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      He’s real in your heart, Catman.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:43 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Meant to say 6-year-olds…



    • 4everblue
      10:50 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      He’s not real???



  8. RealCatsFan
    10:16 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I have to confess that I was one of the fans who pretty much expected him to be gone after we got wind of those measurements and that vertical. He has the keys in his hand now – he just has to decide how fast he wants to drive that car. Lot’s of eyes will be on him this year, fair or not.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:29 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      What calmed me down was when the Herald-Leader (of all places) listed the top ten verticals in combine history, and most of the guys never ever got drafted, with only one even in the league now!



  9. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    10:18 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    All you fake freaks out there should be ashamed of yourselves, jumping the gun on a young man that committed to us and not giving him his space and respect his mind set and dreams. Every fan that showed negativity, either by tweets or comments on here, should have a reality check and realize how crazy you are about 18-19 year old kids decisions and futures.



    • Realme
      10:22 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I think the people you’re talking to are hiding this morning. I know I’d be too embarrassed to show up right now if I were them.



    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      10:28 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Unfortunately people that crazy are the ones telling people I knew he was coming back all along. Those kind of people are never wrong! Like the Bama fans on Finebaums show. We have those same kind of obnoxious fans in the BBN as well.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:48 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      It’s kind of like politics – people who are like that will never admit that they are wrong about anything; instead they will twist the narrative around to suit their position.



    • J-Dub421
      10:51 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I’m just glad that Randall lee and jim tom found love through their shared hatred of Diallo.



    • 4everblue
      11:33 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I often wonder if Jim Tom is or are really conjoined twins….



    • catsarerunnin
      11:46 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      No brains regardless.



  10. Earned Not Given
    10:19 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    WCS was a vet on that team with the twins.



    • Realme
      10:24 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      And Alex.



  11. runningunnin.454
    10:26 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    The KSR threads and comments last night approaching midnight were funny. Lots of people staying up late.
    Cal would say, “You people are crazy”.



  12. 4everblue
    10:31 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone heard from Dan Blitzengoober? He knows HD personally.



  13. Sentient Third Eye
    10:31 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I asked my Magic 8-Ball last night if Hami was coming back, and the answer was, “Signs say yes”. That was good enough for me, and I slept like a baby with my inside information!



    • 4everblue
      10:42 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Magic 8-Ball and Quija board are the best sources for all information.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:45 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Did it predict the presidential election as well? What does it say about the Cats winning #9 this year? 🙂



    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:04 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      In order, yes it really did pick Trump, and re: #9, “Ask Again Later”.



    • 4everblue
      11:26 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Is it too soon to ask again about #9?



  14. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    10:36 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Whats everyone’s line ups now that the roster is set in stone? Its harder than it looks, we have a ton of talented wings!!!!!
    PG: Green
    SG: Diallo
    SF: Washington- Will be our goto scorer when we need a bucket (called it first)
    PF: Knox
    PF- Vanderbilt
    All these guys can run the floor, dribble, and shoot pretty well for their respective positions, reminds me of the warriors lineup.



    • secrick
      10:39 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      The Warriors, are you kidding me. Hope your right because those guys are real good. Never seen a team shoot like they do.



    • Realme
      10:39 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Knox and his dad have both said Cal said he’ll use him at the 2 “like Monk”. To me that’s another odd factor to consider. But Cal will just use the term “positionless” a lot this season and play all kinds of crazy lineups.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:40 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Not sure we’ll have the shooters the Warriors have; but, I like the analogy.



    • J-Dub421
      10:49 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Green, Knox, Diallo, Vanderbilt/Washington, Richards.



    • DelrayCat
      10:51 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Vanderbilt will not start, especially coming off injury. He will be the 6th man and first guy off the bench. I see Richards getting the nod at a traditional center unless SKJ made huge strides and overtakes hime (very doubtful).



    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      10:51 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Dont take out it out of context as far as being able to shoot like Warriors because no one team on the planet can, just the idea of the fast paced and POSITIONLESS lineup like Realme said above. Glad someone got that. Just the idea that it will not be traditional type lineup that were use to. And for Knox to play the 2, Diallo would need to be in the NBA. Do you think Cal woud allow him to come back and play any other position? Hell no



    • J-Dub421
      10:54 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Diallo, Knox, Washington, and Vanderbilt are all “swiss-army-players.” They can be moved around to multiple positions.



    • DelrayCat
      10:55 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      PG – Green/Alexander/Cal Jr.
      SG – Hami/Baker
      SF – Knox/Vanderbilt
      PF – Gabriel/Washington
      C – Richards/SKJ/Tai



    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      10:56 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      We dont know the specifics of Vandos injury to even consider him not starting. So Im assuming hes going to be ready to play in October.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:25 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, the level of mystery surrounding the Vanderbilt injury is beginning to approach the levels we saw with Willie’s foot injury.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:29 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      That’s true, puppet…he probably doesn’t see a reason for updates; he said after the injury that he was fine”.



  15. 4everblue
    10:38 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Was Matt saying Gabe Kaplan didn’t do anything after Welcome Back Kotter? I came in on the last of that…because IMDB shows http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0438241/?ref_=nv_sr_1#actor



  16. Sentient Third Eye
    10:39 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    I think Gabe Kaplan “disappeared” because his second sitcom “Lewis and Clark” totally bombed after half a season. That’s what killed his acting career.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:56 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Over half of the cast of “Kotter” have passed away; inordinate number considering they were all fairly young when on the show.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:07 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Same with Diff’rent Strokes…



  17. runningunnin.454
    10:49 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Kansas and Duke will do the veteran thing in 3..2..1….



  18. RealCatsFan
    10:51 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Matt and Ryan should do a spoof of the politician body-slamming the reporter, complete with sound effects.



    • J-Dub421
      10:53 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Ryan knows all about being body slammed after that drunk dude slammed him into the mud at Derby years ago.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:00 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I think Shannon knows a thing or two about it too after Vanetti slammed him in a hormone-induced rage. 🙂



  19. RealCatsFan
    10:59 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Time for the Delusional Pause of the Day: I was listening to 790 AM on the way in, and they were saying that 38% of the Louisville fan base is expecting no less than a Final Four this year. In fact, Pitino was quoted as saying that he would retire if they don’t win a national championship this year. I almost ran off the road from laughing so hard!



    • J-Dub421
      11:02 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      So, you’re saying we can look forward to Pitino’s retirement at the end of this season….



    • secrick
      11:08 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Heck no that guy is never going to retire. They will have to run him off like they did Denny.



    • Booby Petrino
      11:13 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Well if he said he would retire, you can bet your retirement on him not retiring. Not only will they not win a NC, but hopefully they will lose a NC from the hooker scandal. Then the question is: Will Pitino keep that stupid tattoo or will it be removed too?



    • 4everblue
      11:22 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Well Pitino is a known UofLiar!



    • RealCatsFan
      11:26 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Booby, they will have to alter it to say “L1C4gotten”. 😀



    • 4everblue
      11:28 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Pitino might retire when he runs out of black hair dye and botox.



  20. CatBlue in LR
    11:07 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Ryan: “You body-slam somebody at work, you’ll get fired.”

    That’s funny ’cause Ryan himself (Chet, as he was known then) did that same thing to me years ago, and I’m the one who got fired!

    True story.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:26 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      I think I would take that one to the grave with me…



    • Realme
      11:36 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Is there video?



    • CatBlue in LR
      11:49 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      No. It was right after I got off a TV set, but no video. He ambushed me.



    • Realme
      11:52 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Too bad. It could have made a good post comparing his form body slamming someone else, vs. getting slammed at the Derby.



    • CatBlue in LR
      1:32 pm May 25, 2017 Permalink

      It wasn’t as bad as that. He pinned me against a cinder block wall. I had scripts and maybe tapes in my hands.



  21. runningunnin.454
    11:20 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Bama favorite about Auburn,
    “How do you know there’s a parade in Auburn?
    All the tractors have their lights on”.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:53 am May 25, 2017 Permalink

      Classic.



  22. 4everblue
    12:56 pm May 25, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone notice none of the haters showed up today? I knew something was weird.