Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Poythress and Cauley-Stein talk about next year. CATSPY awards announced. Bat Cats travel to Western Kentucky. More.

On this day in 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last professional game. It doesn't seem that long ago to me. What a great player he was.

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I love me some Calipari Derangement Syndrome.

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  • 2012 Cats Have Something to Prove // LEX18.com

    “A loss like that hurts, you know?” Poythress added, “and you can use it for motivation. Anytime you get the court rushed (by fans), it’s just a bad feeling walking off with a loss. You got to work from that and fix it.”

    I’m glad you get that, Alex. It gives me hope when you feel the pain of a loss like that, and you should. We share in your discomfort.

  • Cauley-Stein, Poythress return to erase 'bad taste' left by last season // CoachCal.com

    “It just left a bad taste in your mouth,” Cauley-Stein said. “I feel like something’s empty and I want to fill it. Next year we’re going to have a great opportunity to do that.”

    Yes, you will. Just keep that hunger, and you will fill it.

  • Andrew Wiggins Recruitment Meter Update // Everything Kentucky Online

    Heh. “Recruitment meter.” I like it. I’m not sure it really means much, but it’s difficult to argue that having Coach Cal as your last in-person recruiting experience is a bad thing.

  • Kentucky Wildcats freshmen look forward to second season // ESPN

    “I’m not trying to pay for taxes, for one. I’m still a kid. … Here, you’re that one guy that it’s kind of like, everybody knows you. You go to the pros (it’s like), ‘Oh, you can tell he’s a pro but who is he?’ I like it around here where people know my name. That’s just fun.” - Willie Cauley-Stein

    Self-awareness is an admirable trait in a college sophomore.

  • BOZICH: The Latest On Wiggins, Randle, Harrison Twins, Exum // WDRB 41 Louisville

    Know this: Fraschilla is not convinced Wiggins is a better player than Randle, who is already a member of John Calipari’s eight-player 2013 recruiting class. Fraschilla lives in suburban Dallas and has watched Randle play AAU basketball since the fifth grade.

    “If Julius can figure out a few things at Kentucky next season, there’s no reason he won’t compete with Andrew for the top spot in the draft next season,” Fraschilla said. "He’s that talented and skilled.

    I think that’s right. Randle and Wiggins are two different kinds of players, but Wiggins arguably has more weaknesses in his game than Randle does. He covers them up with his athleticism, but at at the next level, he won’t be able to.

    Wiggins’ biggest weakness is between his ears. He’s got to learn that there is a difference between being willing to shoot the ball and dominating a game.

    Via Aaron at KSR.

  • SEC Grades: Recapping the SEC “East” Season That Was // Rush The Court

    I think this is probably mostly right, although Missouri managed a marginally lower grade, but at least made it to the NCAA tournament.

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  • Russ Smith could decide NBA future on Wednesday // CollegeBasketballTalk

    He [Russ Smith] may need to improve his point guard skills to hang at the next level, but with junior college transfer Chris Jones and freshman Terry Rozier slated to come in next season to replace Peyton Siva, who knows if he’ll get the chance? It really does look 50/50 at this point.

    He’s quick enough to play point in the NBA, but his lack of size is a liability. Still, with guys like Nate Robinson in the league, you know that’s one liability that can be overcome with blazing quickness, something that Smith has plenty of.

  • Proposed rules changes a good start - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

    A 30-second shot-clock is no more a cure-all for slow pace than the charge circle was a cure-all for interior congestion. If we forget that in the transfer, it may not be worth it. But it is a start.

    Yesterday I buried Brennan, but today I’ll praise him. This is exactly right. To me, cleaning up the physical play is a bigger issue than the shot clock, but both are issues.

    Via John Clay

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  • Wikipedia Moved To MariaDB 5.5 - Slashdot

    WARNING: Geek article For those who like Wikipedia, this is a very good thing. Oracle, who owns MySQL now, has been very reluctant in its support of open source software, and fears that they may move MySQL to a closed-source model are well-founded.

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