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Big Blue Madness Linkapalooza: LeBron 9 Edition

The Cats' new kicks.  Not bad.
The Cats' new kicks. Not bad.

Today's edition is brought to you by the new shoes of the Kentucky Wildcats for this year, pictured at right.  These are the Nike LeBron 9s, which will be worn by Kentucky as well as the Miami Hurricanes and Ohio St. Buckeyes.  From the press release:

Light yet powerful, like its namesake, LeBron James -- and designed in conjunction with his insight -- the LEBRON 9 is the first shoe to integrate Flywire technology and Hyperfuse construction in the upper for superior support. The shoe also combines Max Air 180 and a Nike Zoom unit for comfort and responsiveness.

Sounds nice.  Now, for the news:

  • Mike DeCourcy talks about expectations, freshmen, and angry Louisville.

    If Kentucky fans have been uneasy about the program’s reliance on freshmen, Louisville fans have been downright angry since Calipari suggested that whereas Michigan has a Michigan State and North Carolina has Duke, "It’s Kentucky throughout this whole state."

  • Mike Miller talks Kentucky at Beyond the Arc.

    Davis is a natural shot blocker, but raw on offense. Kidd-Gilchrist is a more accomplished defender. Teague is fast, but is a savvy playmaker in a half-court offense? Jones and Lamb can handle themselves, but it’ll be interesting to see how Kentucky’s offense fares early on. (The defense should be superb from day 1.)