I am going to change the format of the Big Blue Daily Mail a bit (things around here are always a work in progress) to be a bit more link based than links at the end of commentary. I find myself taking so long to do the BBDM that I simply don't have time for anything else. The new format will have the lead story on the front page, and everything else below the fold.
Today I will be at Churchill Downs all day. It is the annual trip that I do with my wife to celebrate her birthday. She absolutely loves to gamble, and especially loves to bet the ponies. So that's were I'll be all day. You can look for a tweet or two if something particularly good or bad happens there. Perhaps I'll be betting on Coach Billy G.
Today's lead story is Jodie Meeks to the Milwaukee Bucks. I am not the world's greatest NBA fan although I do watch and keep up with it, so those of you who are experts in the NBA might want to chime in and add some value to my comments.
On it's face, this looks like a good pickup for the Bucks since they recently traded away star swingman Richard Jefferson. SLAM Online grades the Bucks draft as an A-:
Meeks gives Milwaukee a solid scoring option coming off the bench to help fill some of the void left by Jefferson. While he won’t be able to attack the rim and create a ton of offense as a slasher, Meeks is a big-time scorer who can light things up from the outside as he showed countless times at Kentucky this past season. With Jennings getting into the lane, Meeks can spot up and bury jumpers from the outside when he is on the floor. These two will take some time to develop, particularly Jennings, but the Bucks addressed two needs and they did it with quality picks.
I think Meeks will definitely be able to find backup minutes right away, and I am not 100% convinced that Meeks can't get his own shot -- he just didn't do so at UK very often. He is a better spot-up, catch-and-shoot guy, but I do believe that he has the tools necessary to improve his handle and get into the lane or pull up for a jumper. The question is, will Jodie see the value in putting in the work necessary to develop those skills if he sees good minutes as a spot-up shooter? J.J. Redick as definitely worked hard on the other aspects of his game, for example, but there are others who have come in as catch-and-shoot guys that never try to expand their role. Which one will Jodie be?
SB Nations' Bucks blog Brew Hoop likes the Meeks pick, although he was hoping for DeJuan Blair. The Bucks do need some front-court help, so this makes sense. For his part, Jodie Meeks can't wait to get to Milwaukee and join the team. Of course, he first has to make the team, but I am convinced he will. If he doesn't, he is likely going to have to take the Kelenna Azubuike route and that is a tough road.
A final note on Jodie -- did you know he will be playing with former Wildcat (and one of this blog's favorites) Keith Bogans? I didn't, but I suspect there will be a lot more Bucks fans among the Big BlueNation than previously.
Now, the rest of the news:
UK Basketball News
UK Recruiting Notebook: Kyrie Irving, interesting developments and lots of notes
Dustin Rumbaugh at KSR reports on Kyrie Irving.
John Calipairi won't be taking a back seat to Traitor Rick
Via John Clay comes this piece from Luke Winn at SI.com. Calipari and Pitino at two rival schools is just one of the many great things that bringing Calipari to Kentucky created.
Quincy Miller picks up UK offer ...
... Along with about 100 others.
UK offers 2012 prospect Perry Ellis
Per Jody Demling.
UK Football News
Wallace will play at UK
Big pickup by the football team.
- DeQuin Evans is enrolled at UK in summer school
Other UK Sports News
- None today.
NCAA Sports News
Who is next year's No. 1 NBA draft pick?
Most agree with UK fans that it is likely to be John Wall. But Ed Davis? Really?
Alabama reportedly working on Saban extension
The Saban-Calipari comparisons will just keep getting stronger.
Other News of Interest
CatsPause.com - Fab Frosh Camp
A report on the Fab Frosh camp held this weekend at Memorial Coliseum.
No U of L coach at Kentucky Football Coaches Association clinic
Can Kragthorpe's life get any more chaotic? This poor guy steps into a cowpile and sinks up to his neck. Man, I really do feel for him.
The Daily Schadenfreude
Swopshire's little brother is a bit of a Kentucky fan
Louisville forward Jared Swopshire's brother Jordan is a UK fan. Oh, schadenfreude!
Ex-Duke guard Williams lists UK among transfer destinations
I would just love to pick up this guy. He is a very good player, and taking one away from Duke would just tickle me pink.