There's not a tremendous amount of news out there tonight, but there are a few nuggets of interest. John Calipari will be the Grand Marshall of the Kentucky Derby Festival parade, and he also threw out the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game tonight. Darius Miller continues to draw accolades for his personality as well as his basketball, and the reckless psycho formerly known as Ron Artest gets his punishment.
Here are the links:
University of Kentucky men’s head basketball coach John Calipari and his staff will serve as honorary grand marshals of the 57th annual Republic Bank Derby Festival Pegasus Parade.
Congrats to Coach Cal and his staff.
As a UK student, I constantly see the athletes with the "jock" mentality. I see, firsthand, athletes that don’t go to class and don’t do their work simply because they play a sport for UK. I see players blow off fans even when said athlete is not in the middle of something keeping them from interacting with people that want to meet them. I see the cockiness, the egos.
Darius Miller takes all of those ideas about athletes and stomps on them with his Nikes.
All hail Darius the First!
"The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area," Stern said in a statement. "We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations."
Should this guy really be in pro basketball? Does the NBA really need psychos like this? I'm just asking.
"They [FIU] won't give me my release and let me play anywhere else," Ferguson told CBSSports.com. "They give schools too much power and treat us like they own us."
He won't be drafted. My guess is that he'll either be packing his bag for somewhere overseas or be playing in the NBADL next year.
Advice to Richard Pitino: Avoid Mike & Mike.
I don't think he's outrageous on any of these. I happen to thing Counzo Martin could legitimately make some noise with Tennessee next year.
"Everybody is copping out on this," said Feinstein. "Mark Emmert, who's a blowhard, says that it's not our rule, it's the NBA's rule. So go have a meeting with Stern and [Players Association executive director] Billy Hunter and talk about getting the rule changed and it's not working and not good for us and it isn't good for you. [Many] of the players are not prepared, emotionally or physically, to play in the league after one year."
And what if the NBA tells the NCAA to piss off? Seriously, that's what I'd do if I were them. The NCAA brings absolutely nothing to the table whatsoever. Oh, sure, the NBA would give them lip service, but seriously, the NCAA has no leverage at all in this matter.
Although you can argue that one and done hurts the NBAPA when there is a high rate of early entries failing in the NBA, that isn't what we've seen, and they know it. Yes, the NBA wouldn't mind having a 3 year rule, but the NBAPA will never go there, and the NCAA has zero leverage to bring to the table. The best thing they can do is send and emissary like John Calipari to try to sell their position despite the fact that from an NBAPA perspective, it is meritless.
Part of the reason the Wildcats were great: They really had no go-to guy. Quick: Where did the ball go in those games when they needed a big basket?
In the last four minutes against North Carolina, UK got a 3-pointer from Lamb, a jumper from Miller and free throws from Kidd-Gilchrist. On the road at Vanderbilt, it was those three again, just in a different sequence. Down the stretch of the Final Four game against Louisville, it was Miller and Jones.
Great point by Mike DeCourcy. Kentucky had no go-to player, it didn't need one. Everyone on the floor could get a basket when it was needed.
That's one of the truly rare, and truly great things about this Kentucky team -- they didn't need a bail-out player. Every player on the floor could get his own shot any time he wanted to, and that game them the ability to trust each other. Why try to be a hero when you don't have to be -- your teammates are all good enough to take, and make the big one?
Truly, this was a remarkable team.
But is doesn't stop there. The high school talent is extremely rich within the city, and one player that is starting to quickly rise is Paul White.
White, a 6-foot-8 forward from Whitney Young High School, has seen his recruitment really pick up over the past month or so. Within that time period, Michigan State and Kentucky have shown interest in his services. In fact, White is very intrigued by what UK has to offer.
Westchester graduate Quincy Miller, the Big 12 co-freshman of the year, will enter the NBA draft after initially telling Baylor he would return for his sophomore season.
I had a feeling he might change his mind.
I'll bet we don't hear as much about this as we did about Calipari's first-year team's low GPA.
While Kentucky remains in the top spot, its lead is razor thin. The Wildcats' three five-star commits (Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin) all rank within the national top 14 and give them just enough to remain ahead of the UCLA class that gained a high four-star in Parker to go along with the nation's No. 1 (Shabazz Muhammad), No. 3 () and No. 62 (Jordan Adams) ranked players in the country.
Some UK 2013 names in here, performing well.
"They may spread out a little more than most teams do in our league, but not anything that no one’s ever seen before," said Georgia coach Mark Richt, whose Bulldogs visit Missouri on Sept. 8 in the SEC opener.
Welcome to the SEC. You may find it...difficult.
If it dies because of this, so be it. What they did this year in Bloomington was reckless, dangerous, and unacceptable. Kentucky should stick to their guns, and if it means the series dies, it dies for the right reasons.