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Tim Duncan’s Friday Morning Wakeup

Have we seen the end of Tim Duncan?

If so, that was the quietest exit ever for a legend. Unlike Kobe Bryant, there was no farewell tour or special send-off to Duncan’s career. Twitter did not break during his last game. Hell, Gregg Popovich didn’t even pull him in the final minute for one last ovation from the crowd.

No, Duncan simply got into the handshake line with his shoulders slumped in defeat as Oklahoma City sent San Antonio home from the playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference semi-finals last night. A 19-year career, one of the best of all-time, likely over in a disappointing loss as the West’s No. 2 seed.

Then again, knowing Duncan, he’ll probably come back for one more run. He doesn’t seem like the type of guy that’ll enjoy retirement. He might have another decade or two in him. “I need to figure life out,” he told reporters last night.

Either way, it was a pleasure rooting against the best power forward ever for most of my NBA-watching life.

 

 

Marcus Lee is “87 percent” going to the NBA.

Lee was very precise in naming the likelihood he remains in the NBA draft. He would not commit to being 100 percent gone from Lexington, but he said it is “87 percent” a done deal.

Wonder how he came up with that exact number?

Lee thinks Kentucky will go undefeated if he returns.

Bold statement there.

Tyler Ulis recorded a 38-inch max vertical.

At the time, it was the fourth-highest vert at the combine. We won’t know where it compares overall until all of the numbers are released, but regardless of where it ranks, that is an impressive stat for Ulis. I don’t think many people realized he could get up like that.

Here’s how the three Wildcats measured out at the combine:

Name Height w/o Shoes Height w/shoes Weight Wingspan Reach Body Fat Hand Length Hand Width
Skal Labissiere 6′ 10.5″ 6′ 11.75″ 216 7′ 2.5″ 8′ 9.5″ 5.7 8.75 9
Tyler Ulis 5′ 8.75″ 5′ 10″ 149 6′ 2″ 7′ 4.5″ 5.2 7.50 7.50
Marcus Lee 6′ 9” 6′ 10.25″ 211 7′ 3″ 8′ 11.5″ 5.4 9 9

Ulis is not the shortest player in Chicago. Kay Felder from Oakland holds that claim, measuring out a half-inch shorter than Ulis.

How about Lee’s hair?

lee-combine

He wears the blond much better than Willie Cauley-Stein did.

Matt House officially named inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Mark Stoops said of his new hire, the former d-coordinator at FIU, “I’m very excited to bring Matt into the program. He brings a wealth of experiences from the NFL and college football.  I’ve spoken before about how I like having coaches with defensive coordinator experience in the staff room and Matt has that as well.”

Have a look at the new staff, courtesy of CoachingSearch.com.

uk-16-staff

By my count that is five new names, or, half of the entire staff.

More teams coming after Mac Jones.

Jones upped his offer sheet to 22 scholarships yesterday with new offers from Ole Miss and Missouri, bringing his total to five offers within the SEC, including Kentucky.

Mark Stoops countered the attack by offering a scholarship to Ahman Ross, Jones’ high school teammate and close friend. A three-star safety, Ross decommitted from Miami earlier this week.

KSR is in Stanford today.

Go see the guys and listen to the show at First Southern National Bank from 10 am to noon.

 

I’m looking forward to a fun Friday with you guys. I’m at the computer from now until 10 pm. Let’s make some memories.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Tim Duncan’s Friday Morning Wakeup



  1. KyDoughBoy
    9:36 am May 13, 2016 Permalink

    Keep in mind Jones accepted the first SEC school to offer him, if he has always wanted to play in the SEC conference then all these offers should be concerning. We are no stranger to people de committing

    Also I am not sure why people are excited about Matt House, he was TERRIBLE at Pitt, its worth a google. This is his excerpt from the Pitt website trying to pump up fans about his transition to LB coach:

    The Panthers ranked 34th nationally in total defense in 2013, yielding 367.5 yards per contest. The steadily improving unit saved one of its best performances for last, limiting Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green to just 289 yards in a 30-27 Pitt victory in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The high-flying Falcons’ offense had been averaging 472 yards and 35 points per game.



  2. SanDiegoCats
    9:45 am May 13, 2016 Permalink

    Undefeated? Nice try Marcus. Great teammate. But a part of me believes he is staying in the draft because of the possibility that if he returned next season, and bolden commits, he might not even start.



  3. BlueDeuce
    9:52 am May 13, 2016 Permalink

    Having lived in San Antonio since 2008, I’ve come to enjoy the Spurs as a basketball team. I didn’t care for them when I first arrived here but over time, you realize (or begin to appreciate) they are a very fundamental team and rarely have mistakes. They simply play basketball…not a lot of flash, no major “divas” on the team…just very good basketball players playing the game as it was intended.

    This all relates to Duncan…He isn’t the type of guy to go out, without a huge send off…he played, they lost. It’s really that simple with him and I appreciate that quality in a player who may well be the best forward to play the game. Hope he returns but I doubt it.

    On a side note…Spurs need a Kentucky player and I think Ulis is the one! His work ethic and ability to play unselfish is exactly what the Spurs like in a player. Plus he’s a pretty darn good PG! He’d be a star here like he was at UK.



    • BlueDeuce
      9:53 am May 13, 2016 Permalink

      *with a huge send off…