It is crazy to think we have already hit Father’s Day for the year 2020. Like most reading this, I owe my dad everything when it comes to my love of sports. Our text exchanges during a Kentucky game really hit on just about every emotion that you could possibly have.
I love all of the memories I have with him not only during Kentucky games, but also throughout Reds and Bengals games that we will watch from afar together.
So to my dad and all of our KSR dads: Happy Father’s Day! Now onto the stories you need to know to start your day:
College players to get second chance to test the NBA Draft
The biggest news of the day on Saturday came as a surprise from the NBA. After originally closing the deadline to enter the NBA Draft, the league has instead decided to reopen that date and allow for players to reconsider their decision to remain in school. More information is available in Jack Pilgrim’s article here.
A bit of a bombshell here. What this means is that college and international players who had previously elected NOT to enter the 2020 NBA draft now have until August 17th to revisit those decisions and potentially enter now. News story coming. https://t.co/2W4wn1j37M
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 20, 2020
What does that mean? Well, for one it would mean that a player like Olivier Sarr could change his mind and enter the draft instead of coming to Kentucky. In Sarr’s case, it also makes his waiver process get even more interesting. The Wake Forest transfer’s biggest argument to the NCAA was that his coach was fired before he had a chance to consider going through the NBA Draft process.
With this announcement by the NBA, that argument is now, in a way, obsolete.
Will it still matter in the end? When it comes to the NCAA, your guess is as good as mine, but this will be something to watch moving forward.
Xavier Peters transfers from Kentucky
On the gridiron, Kentucky linebacker Xavier Peters announced that he will transfer to the JUCO Garden City. Peters transferred to Lexington last year from Florida State in part due to a wish to move closer to his West Chester, Ohio family.
After receiving clearance from the NCAA, the linebacker only played in three games with one tackle against Vanderbilt.
Peters has been a player that is clearly oozing with talent. A move to JUCO before jumping back to D1 in 2021 might be the best thing for him to get his mind back on having a successful college career.
Goodman: Cats need Sarr for Final Four run
In case you needed another reason as to how crazy 2020 has been, I have now agreed with multiple Kentucky-related Jeff Goodman takes over the past few weeks.
The reporter for Stadium told KSR recently he doesn’t believe that Kentucky is a Final Four contender without Olivier Sarr. Okay, I know that isn’t necessarily a ‘hot take,’ but I think Goodman is completely right. (That did hurt a bit to type).
“They go from having, I don’t want to say nobody, but they don’t really have any big men,” he said. “If they threw out a team, who’s their big? Isaiah Jackson? [Keion Brooks] isn’t a big, he’s not a true five. He’s an undersized four.”
No matter how much you love the Cats, it is hard to argue the truth to that point. Without Sarr, the 5-spot becomes very interesting.
John Wall leads Washington D.C. march
Yesterday, former Kentucky point guard and current Washington Wizard John Wall helped lead a peaceful protest in celebration of Juneteenth.
Wall spoke at length with former NBA player Caron Butler about a multitude of topics including racial injustice and moments fearing for his life.
Coach Cal spends time with Karl Towns Sr.
Yesterday, John Calipari posted the picture above on Twitter of him spending times with Karl Towns Sr. Towns tragically lost his wife and mother to former Cat Karl-Anthony Towns due to COVID-19. It is great to see a man who has been through a lot have a smile on his face.
Now we have to get to Cal… I have no room to give anyone fashion advice, but the Kentucky slides are… something. I will leave a further reaction to you the fan. If you head over to social media, players have been making comments about just that.
Tiz the Law wins Belmont
At about 5:30 yesterday afternoon, it set into me that the Belmont Stakes were just minutes away. While the race was entertaining, it just didn’t feel right that the race was run before the Kentucky Derby.
Commentators kept saying the “Triple Crown has begun” and that just did not feel right, but alas it was the favorite Tiz the Law that ran away with the shortened race.
— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) June 20, 2020
The lack of fans in that video is just weird, but the moment is still a moment that will ride forever.
That is the news you need to start your Sunday. To my dad and all of the rest of the dads reading this, Happy Father’s Day and Go Cats!