Anthony Davis is an NBA Champion. The beloved Kentucky Wildcat added the Larry O’Brien Trophy to his collection where it joins his NCAA Championship and Olympic Gold Medal, along with individual awards like NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Consensus Player of the Year, Consensus First-Team All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, No. 1 overall NBA Draft Pick, NBA All-Star (seven times and counting) and NBA All-Star Game MVP, just to name a few.
Davis’ Los Angeles Lakers clinched the World Championship in Sunday’s Game 6 with a 106-93 victory over the fifth-seeded Miami Heat from the Eastern Conference, the Cinderella story of the NBA Bubble. For Miami, Bam Adebayo guided the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, while his Kentucky teammate, Tyler Herro, scored only seven on 3-of-10 shooting from the field. The one other Wildcat in the game, Lakers veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, had 19 on 8-of-11 shooting in the win.
Rondo became the second player in history to win an NBA title with both the Boston Celtics and Lakers.
It’s Tennessee week.
We’ll go ahead and do this now.
Mark Stoops to address the media at noon.
It wouldn’t be a fall Monday without spending about 30-45 minutes with UK head football coach Mark Stoops. Stoops will hold his press conference luncheon for Tennessee week today at noon, and among the many topics in his notes for today’s Zoom meeting, he is expected to tell us the latest on Josh Paschal’s knee injury, what he saw in film from the win over Mississippi State and what’s ahead in the Vols down in Knoxville this coming Saturday. There will be plenty of new football talk and coverage throughout the day, plus a new KSR Football Podcast.
Kentucky currently a 5.5-point underdog in Knoxville.
The line opened around a touchdown but has since fallen to Tennessee -5.5 at home. The total on the game is at 49.5.
Kentucky is 1-2 against the spread, Tennessee is 1-1-1.
The Cats not ranked in this week’s AP Poll.
Polls are stupid.
Stoops, Marrow, Sumrall delivered Saturday’s game ball to Chris Oats.
Stoops, Vince Marrow and inside linebackers coach John Sumrall paid a visit to Chris Oats in Oats’ Ohio home on Sunday to check in with the former UK linebacker and to give him the game ball from Saturday’s victory.
Saturday’s game was the first since Oats was released from a rehabilitation facility and Kentucky won the game by 22 points. 22 is Oats’ jersey number, which was being worn by Jamin Davis, who starts in Oats’ place and intercepted a pass in the end zone.
Introducing this week’s Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week:
We’re off to Somerset for the Briar Jumpers versus Lexington Christian! Plenty more on this game to come throughout the week before we head to Pulaski County on Friday.
The NLCS begins tonight.
KSR’s last remaining MLB team, the Atlanta Braves, will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS tonight at 8 pm. Both teams are a perfect 5-0 this postseason and Lexington’s own Walker Buehler will be on the mound for the Dodgers to try to make it six for L.A.
Go Braves though.
Tune in to KSR!
Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Shannon The Dude will recap the weekend from 10-noon. Be sure to tune in!