In case you haven’t noticed on your favorite social media outlet, Shark Week is upon us!
Everyone loves Shark Week. Everyone loves to Tweet about Shark Week. Certain movies, television shows, award shows, etc. just happen to be perfectly made for social media, and I’m pretty sure Shark Week falls into that category. Whether it’s coming up with a pun, making fun of the D-List actors and actresses in the shark movies, or laughing about the fact that Tara Reid (according to a Pop-Up “Fun Fact” during Sharknado 2) is writing a book… Twitter and Shark Week go hand in hand just like John Calipari and Kentucky basketball.
The only thing greater than the beautiful disaster that was the first installment of Sharknado, a movie in which things such as a tornado filled with sharks attack a city, is the fact that apparently the producers felt the need to go ahead and make a second one. Sharknado 2 is filled with promise, although I didn’t get a chance to catch it the first time around tonight. Unlike most people, I hope that the second one is just as terrible and hilariously awful as the first one. Count me among the folks who were sad to hear the “The Purge 2” was actually kind of good this time. For my money, if a movie isn’t going to be GREAT, I want it to be downright terrible. There’s no in between for me. Great or painstakingly/unintentional laugh-inducing awful. That’s exactly what I’m hoping for from Sharknado 2. If you haven’t seen the first one, I recommend it to everyone. Twice.
HOW SCARY IS THIS?
And now on to the news and views from the day…
Dino Gaudio can’t stop raving about the Cats…
So now we’ve had two guys in a row essentially come away from Kentucky practices absolutely raving about this year’s team. The hype machine which was supposed to potentially quiet down after last year’s 40-0 talk got off to such a rocky star, has been amped up once again. Jon Rothstein and ESPN’s Dino Gaudio have been two of the few people who John Calipari has invited to come watch his team practice, and both have walked away seemingly extremely impressed. Here are the most interesting 4 things Gaudio had to share with the KSR crew on the radio show today following his time at Kentucky’s practice:
1) He doesn’t believe anyone in the SEC should beat Kentucky
— Although he said things could change, Gaudio doesn’t think the rest of the SEC can measure up with the Cats this season.
2) He called this team one of the most talented teams that he’s seen in a decade
— IN A DECADE? Those are heavy words.
3) The twin are drastically better
— No one made bigger strides from the beginning of last season to the end like the Harrison twins did… and Gaudio seems to think that the best days are still ahead for both Andrew and Aaron. Gaudio said that often times the biggest jump in maturity comes between a player’s freshmen and sophomore year, and that bodes well for many of Kentucky’s returning players. A sense of understanding of the system, confidence, and big game experience all factors in to the improvement that the Twins are showing on the court already.
4) Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker got some high praise
— Gaudio talked about how Ulis stood out immediately because of how small he was in comparison to Cal’s other guards and guards of the past. But Gaudio was quickly impressed with his quickness and abilities despite his small stature. Gaudio also mentioned Devin Booker’s shooting and potential to spread the floor as a guard in a number of different line-ups. If Booker can be a second shooter on the floor with a guy like Aaron Harrison, Kentucky will be in great shape.
Malik Newman seems in no rush to pick a school, which isn’t a bad thing for UK…
Malik Newman, a 5-star prospect from the class of 2015 and one of Kentucky’s biggest targets, said today in his blog for Team USA that he is in no rush to pick a school. “I think that I’m gonna wait until the late signing period. I’m not in a big hurry.” Newman does plan to cut his list of schools to 5 or 6 over the course of the next few weeks. Kentucky looks to almost certainly still be in the mix after that cut.
Newman taking his time on his decision might not be the worst thing in the world for Kentucky. Why? Because Kentucky won’t likely know what its roster will look like next year until late in the spring with plenty of guys who COULD and seem LIKELY to make the jump to the NBA. With so many players on the roster though, and so many question marks as far as who will leave and who will stay, many recruits are finding it difficult to see whether or not they would fit at Kentucky next year this early. Calipari is in a unique position this year with so many returning players. The picture is not as clear as usual, and it’s always a little difficult with the number of guys who turn pro after one season. This year is even more difficult than usual. The fact that Newman seems to be okay with waiting at least means that Kentucky should be able to stay in the mix until the very end– and perhaps by that point the roster situation will be sorted out.
Every time Cal calls his former players his sons, I can’t help but say “awwww”….
There’s nothing to me that evokes the word “awww” more than when I see John Calipari tweeting out pictures of his former players and calling them his sons. I don’t think it’s just him saying it to be saying it either. He treats his players like they are his own, and it’s not just him either. His wife, Ellen Calipari, has been known to open their home up to the players while they are on campus and even bakes them brownies for their birthdays. You can say what you want, but you won’t convince me that DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t Cal’s favorite “son” of all time. Maybe behind Brad, his real son. Maybe. Calipari even has admitted that DeMarcus holds the biggest spot in his wife’s heart as well.
Speaking of family, the UK Wide Receivers had a little family dinner tonight with coach Tommy Mainord
The new Lakers coach thinks Randle was a top 3 talent and loves his attitude…
After some scuttlebutt last week involving trade rumors for the Lakers and Julius Randle with the Suns and Eric Bledsoe, the talk is seemingly dying down for the moment. The Lakers’ new head coach Byron Scott is a big fan of Randle and had glowing praise for him in his first days on the job.
“I think the sky is the limit for him. He’s definitely talented. To get him at No. 7 is a steal. The kid was probably top 3,” Scott said. “I love his attitude. I love the way he attacks the basket. I love the way he rebounds the ball. He brings some things to the table that will definitely help us.”
That’s a lot of love for one interview.
And now for the random tweet that made me laugh today…