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The Return’s Saturday News and Views

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It’s hard to believe but it was just over 4 years ago that LeBron James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach to play with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Jerseys were burned, a letter was written, and Heat fans rejoiced at the idea of wearing their all white outfits to something other than a Pitbull concert or a family photoshoot on the beach. At the time, nobody could have imagined that LeBron would ever return to play for his “hometown” team but here we are today. While King James was able to win back-to-back titles in Miami, including four straight trips to the NBA Finals, losing to the Spurs this year showed that it’s hard to win a title when the third man of a “Big 3” spends as much time resting on the bench as he does on the court.

Whether you care about the NBA or not, there’s no denying that James returning to Cleveland is a fascinating story. As Kentucky fans, we can only wonder what this day would be like had Cleveland waited to hire its next head coach. At one point Coach Cal had an $80 million contract on the table to essentially take over basketball operations for the Cavaliers and, as much as we would like to think Cal is never leaving, we would all be worried out of our minds right now if that offer still stood. It’s crazy to think how much hinged on the Twins’ decision to return for their Sophomore season at UK. Anyways, here’s to LeBron and Cleveland, good luck bringing a title to what has somehow become one of the most interesting sports cities in the United States. And especially good luck to David Blatt, who will hopefully become a mix of Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, and Red Aeurbach so that we never have to hear any rumors about Cal leaving to be with his buddy LeBron.

Now on to some news and views…

Liggins shines, Jorts gets some bad news

Today featured both good and bad news when it comes to the futures of two players who were key to Kentucky’s 2011 Final Four run. As reported several days ago, there is a lot speculation as to whether Josh Harrellson will be staying in the Motor City after he sent out a cryptic tweet implying that it’s time for him to move on. On Big Blue Insider this morning, which was being hosted by Dan Rieffer Madness, Jorts came on the air to let the BBN know that, while he hasn’t been officially waived, new Pistons general manager Jeff Bower told his agent it may be time to look for another team. On top of that, Josh said that he still has to recover from a bulging disc in his back for another 3 to 4 weeks, meaning he won’t get to participate in this year’s NBA Summer League.

While the news surrounding Jorts isn’t what we had hoped, DeAndre Liggins finished his first Summer League run with a 20 point, 7 assist game against the Orlando Magic. While playing for the Pistons’ Summer League team, Liggins managed to average 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in five appearances. DeAndre will now fly out to west where he’ll play for the Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League. As of right now, Liggins is still unsigned for the upcoming NBA season.

Damien Harris and C.J. Conrad seem to be getting along just fine 

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Nike’s “The Opening 2014” just came to a close, an event in which 162 of the top high school football prospects in the country come together and participate in linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions. The 162 prospects included UK Tight-End commit CJ Conrad and target Damien Harris. While at the event, CJ and Damien posed for the picture above. Let’s all cross our fingers, enjoy the picture, and just ignore that Harris took a similar pic with Ohio State commit Justin Hilliard.

Pat Forde thinks UK fans can be “the best and worst in the country”

No, hell hasn’t frozen over. Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal recently sat down and talked to Pat Forde about a multitude of things, one of which being Pat’s view of Kentucky fans. Of course the compliment had to be accompanied by an insult, but it’s more than we thought we would ever hear from Forde. To see his full quote about UK fans, click here. If you want to read the entire piece by Himmelsbach, you can click here.

John Short threw out the first pitch at tonight’s Lexington Legends game

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Everyone’s favorite Kroger bagger and KSR caller was honored tonight before the Lexington Legends game with the opportunity to throw out the first pitch. Instead of throwing out a regular baseball, John threw out a “beep baseball”, a ball which lets out a loud beep allowing for blind or partially blind individuals to enjoy the sport of baseball. Check out the full story, which includes a video of John’s throw, by clicking here.

Joel Embiid took a shot at Coach Cal’s recruiting

They finished 2nd just like Kansas did in 2012.

The basketball team did Hot Yoga today 

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The other day we found out about Karl Towns’ strange workout in which he pushes his GMC Envoy up and down his street. Today, Devin Booker Instagram’d the above picture of him and other teammates participating in a Hot Yoga session. I assume the team did considerably better than when Perrin took Matt a couple years back.

50 Days Away… 

Finally, here’s a reminder that we’re now 50 days (49 if you’re reading this on Saturday) away from the start of the 2014/2015 football season.

@DeanBowlingKSR

 

 

Article written by Dean Bowling

22 Comments for The Return’s Saturday News and Views



  1. 2mites
    10:39 pm July 11, 2014 Permalink

    Soooooooo freaking tired of hearing about Labron. Everyone needs a better life if he is your focus in life. His UK ties are nonexistence outside of his friendship with Cal. Get a life people!!!!



    • lol
      12:41 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah because talking about the biggest sports story as of right now on a sports website is so out of line that “everyone” needs to get a life. I think letting a post on a blog get you so angry would be a good indication that you need to be the one getting the life.



    • Doit
      12:23 pm July 12, 2014 Permalink

      This is getting sad… okay guys.. stop with the marketing and fancy videos. WIN SOME GAMES.
      Out team SUCKS.. Flat out SUCKS… almost 1000 days since an in conference SEC win, haven’t won an IN STATE game in the last 6…. Our in state rival, dare I speak their name, UL has won 3 Bowl games since the last time we have even seen one (Including a MASSIVE Sugar bowl victory against Number 3 ranked in the nation and in the SEC Florida)… We have become the laughing stock of our conference and now the state… and now all we can do is churn out really flashy videos and slogans? It is just down right embarrassing…
      Until we start winning, which may take a while… we’ve been “rebuilding” for the last 35 years, We need to stop trying to win the country over with our marketing team. I’m sorry but you just can’t sell dog poop…



  2. yahoo
    10:48 pm July 11, 2014 Permalink

    Embiid’s tweet does not even make sense.

    Dude is a guaranteed bust



  3. Cal'sFoot
    11:00 pm July 11, 2014 Permalink

    They offered Cal the keys to the city, and he turned them down. Now that they have LBJ they would be stupid to offer Cal anything near what they did the first time. He was in a position of strength, now the roles are reversed…they don’t “need” Cal anymore.



    • Blue Jesus
      2:25 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

      I hadn’t really thought of it like that before but I think you’re right. Unless Lebron is genuinely pining to play under Cal, there isn’t much of a reason to bring him in anymore (assuming the original reason was to attract James, anyway). And while I didn’t know anything about Blatt before the hire, everything I’ve read since has been very positive; he seems well regarded amongst the NBA circles. I don’t think Cleveland will be the reason Cal leaves, if he does.



  4. bluemanchew
    11:23 pm July 11, 2014 Permalink

    This is one of the few times ksr deserves a c’mon man. Why would you link a pat forty oz article. He does not need the “hits he gets”. I don’t need to explain why now. He is the reason why I cuss out the CJ. Everytime they call my house to ask if I want a subscription. Other than I don’t live in lewisville.



    • BigBlue37
      1:38 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

      Pat Forde didn’t write the article genius. So he wouldn’t be getting any hits by clicking on the link



  5. William
    12:09 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Lebron James turns 30 years old in December. The average age of a NBA player is 26.89. As for winning another NBA championship, you still have to beat out 29 NBA teams to do it. And each of those teams are accumulating Newer, Better, and Younger talent as each year goes by. I hope Lebron James does as well in Cleveland as he did under the wings of President Pat Riley of the Miami Heat.
    But I do not think it’s going to happen..



    • cracka
      8:16 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

      Jordan won his championships at the ages of 28, 29, 30, 33, 34 & 35. Oh, and Duncan just won last year at 37.



  6. Embiid's Dr.
    12:29 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Cal’s got 99 problems, but his back ain’t one



    • colbert
      1:26 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

      Total Garbage……., KSR



  7. Amos
    2:21 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Lebron is Old news…
    I am sick of him…



  8. GS
    5:20 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Hate to say it!!! Cal leaves UK in two years. The current Cavs coach will not produce a championship in years 1 or 2. This is calculated. He is there to “groom” talent.

    Cal has no clause for early termination of his UK contract. He can walk away at anytime. Penalty free.

    He steps in to coach Lebron (after UK has two more banners).

    Just saying. An experienced WIggins and Irving is teed up perfectly.

    Any takers? I hope it is not true!!!



  9. Addled
    5:44 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    No more Lebron! Or soccer!



  10. Frank
    8:06 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Forde exactly right about UK fans



    • Rei
      9:27 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

      At least he acknowledges there are good UK fans, there are no good UL ones.



    • Exactly Right?
      11:36 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

      As opposed to inexactly right?



  11. Sy Attaka
    9:22 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Sportswriters interviewing sportswriters is a sign the end is near.



  12. rixter
    11:09 am July 12, 2014 Permalink

    John short must have tiny hands. Look at that baseball he’s holding.



  13. BlueFins
    12:56 pm July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Yeah, already tired of the LeBron coverage. Could really not give two shits about the guy. But am I the only who believes that LBJ did not write that letter? I think the only he contributed was that he was going back to play in Cleveland. His people handled that and his little Tweets and Instagrams after the debacle of four years ago.



  14. JP7
    2:18 pm July 12, 2014 Permalink

    Why on earth would anybody care what Pat Forde has to say about anything? He is a two bit hack. And
    Joel Embiid could better use his time trying to figure out what he is going to do when he finds out he can’t stay healthy enough to stay on an NBA roster, than trashing a guy who has the best recruiting track record of the past five years.