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NBA Season Hangs in the Balance
The NBA Bubble may have burst. Thursday’s games were postponed as players boycotted in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI. The Clippers and Lakers are now in favor of sitting out for the remainder of the playoffs. The NBA’s Board of Governors and the players left in the bubble will meet separately today at 11 am to discuss the sport’s future during these tumultuous times.
High Schools Sports up in the air, again
Just when you thought Kentucky high school sports had cleared every hurdle to play this fall, the Kentucky Department of Education said, “not so fast.” The KDE will meet Friday at noon with KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett and Dr. Steven Stack. An item on the agenda: “Urging additional consideration of alternative options for high contact fall sports.”
To be frank, it would be incredible disheartening to have the KHSAA, the Governor and individual schools boards clear athletes to play football, only for the KDE to deny them at the goal line, two weeks before the first games are set to kick off.
John Calipari Likes his Team
Not only does he like his team, he likes them enough to compare them to his best team ever.
“Yesterday’s practice reminded me of a practice about four or five years ago where you would drive and two players would block your shot. Like, bam, bam! And I laughed and we were out there and I said, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ That kind of team makes somebody shoot jump shots. That kind of team has your shooting percentage defensively so low that most of the game you’re out running and then you’re flowing into dribble drive.”
Five years ago Kentucky won its first 38 games. It’d be pretty neat if this Kentucky team replicated that success.
Wanna hear more from Coach Cal? He said he feels good about Olivier Sarr’s waiver chances, he’s “all ears” on potentially renaming Rupp Arena and that’s just a little bit of what he said in his 30-minute conversation with reporters.
Hear from Bruiser Flint
Before John Calipari hopped on the call, the BBN was introduced to Cal’s former righthand man and the Wildcats’ new assistant, Bruiser Flint.
Will Wade’s in Trouble
The NCAA has evidence that LSU’s head basketball coach made 11 — ELEVEN! — strong ass offers to prospective student-athletes. Unfortunately, this report does not indicate a time table of when the NCAA’s IARP will drop the hammer on LSU, but the Tigers’ men’s basketball program is looking directly down the barrel.
Marshall Henderson is Back
On a lighter note around the SEC Basketball world, Marshall Henderson is back in our lives. The loud-mouthed shooter from Ole Miss is returning to Oxford as a grad assistant. Hopefully there are fans in stands to bring the boo-birds to arenas when Henderson is on the sideline.
Kentucky Football Returns to Practice
The Wildcats are back in action this afternoon. We’ll hear from Brad White and a few members of Kentucky’s secondary this evening. Until then, enjoy a few highlights from Joe Craft Football Training Facility.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 25, 2020