The dust has finally settled on Thursday night’s successful NBA Draft. After months of interviews, analysis and mock drafts, three Wildcats heard their names called in the lottery. It was a wild time. We’ve covered just about everything, but there’s a few leftovers. If I don’t cover them all now, you’ll hear more from me throughout the day.
1. Summer League Teams for Each Cat
After they did not hear their names called Thursday night, three Wildcats discovered their NBA Summer League destinations.
- Isaac Humphries: Washington Wizards
- Derek Willis: Detroit Pistons
- Isaiah Briscoe: Philadelphia 76ers
Briscoe will team up with Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress for the Sixers in the Utah (July 3-6) and Vegas Summer Leagues (July 7-17). The verdict is still out on Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder.
2. James Young to New Orleans?
One report says the former Wildcat guard will sign with the New Orleans Pelicans once free agency officially begins. A Top Ten player in the class of 2013, Young’s professional career with the Celtics has been lackluster at best. All of his career statistical highs are from his first season in 14-15: 31 games played, 10.7 minutes and 3.4 points per game.
3. Louisville was the Draft’s Top TV Market
Once again, nobody watched the NBA Draft more than the city of Louisville. What’s even more astonishing, the UofL College World Series baseball game drew an 8.0 rating and a 13 share, yet there were still enough people watching the draft to beat out professional basketball cities.
1. Louisville (5.3)
2. Charlotte (4.7)
3. Indianapolis (4.4)
4. Norfolk (4.0)
5. OKC (3.9)
To all the curmudgeons who think Louisville can’t support an NBA team, get outta here. This place loves basketball and needs more of it.
4. Cal Reviewed the Draft on KSR
John Calipari gave KSR listener’s a departing gift before Matt leaves vacation by calling into the show to discuss Thursday night’s NBA Draft and take a shot at Roy Williams.
“I’m the father in the stands that embarrasses his kids because he goes and takes pictures, he’s yelling, he’s screaming, he’s hugging. That’s a big day for parents. And it is for me.” Cal added, “You’re maybe not real close to the kid or he didn’t or he wasn’t grateful enough – it doesn’t matter to me. I’m going.”
For more talk about the draft, the U19 team and the UofL sanctions, listen below. If the new iHeart widget doesn’t work, click here.
5. Check out KY Wildcats TV’s Draft Recap
– KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) June 23, 2017
6. Boxing Returns to Freedom Hall
People forget that Boxing is Back in Louisville. Returning to the place Ali won his first professional fight, Freedom Hall hosts the Real Deal Championship Boxing tonight.
With Evander Holyfield as the mastermind, 11 fights will happen tonight, starting at 6:00 p.m. It’s headlined by a heavyweight title fight. Contender Derric Rossy will face Carlos Negro in a 10-round bout for the WBC Continental Americas Championship belt.
Even if you’re not a boxing person, this will be an entertaining event, one we are not used to seeing around these parts. Tickets are still on sale through Ticketmaster. If you can’t make it, the event will air on CBS Sports Network beginning at 10:00 p.m.
7. One Fantastic LaVar Ball Quote
It’s a fantastic quote because it’s not coming from his mouth. This quote is about LaVar as a player from Washington State. This is an excerpt from a January 27, 1988 column in the Lewiston Tribune.
8. Podcast SZN on KSR
Every day this week we released a new one, covering something completely different each time. After a season three Game of Thrones review on Kentucky Thrones Radio, Nick Mingione joined the KSR Baseball Podcast to wrap up the historic baseball season. Fake Barney shared his awful opinions on NBA cities with Tyler Thompson (Barns might have the worst takes ever) on the OTT. Finally, Pookie Jones joined The Depth Chart Podcast for what might be my favorite episode we’ve ever recorded.
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9. SEC Media Days are Coming
It’s hard to believe that football season is almost here. Three weeks from tomorrow Freddie and I will depart for Hoover for SEC Media Days. The hotel has been booked, but your company can still be a part of our adventure. Your business has the opportunity to sponsor content on KentuckySportsRadio.com, receive live reads on our KSR podcasts, and mentions on our social media accounts. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.
10. World’s Ugliest Dog Crowned
The World’s Ugliest Dog isn’t that ugly…
…until you see her flaps up.
Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff, was awarded $1,500 for winning the competition. It’s great to see a big dog win the competition, especially one that’s a rescue. If you’re thinking about getting a dog, get a rescue. Mine are the best; don’t at me.