Yesterday was my first day away from the blog in months. It felt good. Too much of a good thing is never a good thing. Today, I want to start out with this:
Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb
I'll be visiting Dr.Hope often in the off-season, I expect.
This has season has been a wild ride, and predictably, news today is pretty slim. There are lamentations, of course, and regrets, but the overwhelming majority seem to accept the point of view that this Wildcats team overachieved this year. I think so as well
There are the predictable rumors of Calipari leaving to the NBA and such, but other than that, mostly postmortems and looks at what could have been.
Season Wrap-Up: Kentucky - CBSSports.com
I think Matt hits most of the high points here.
- Calhoun disagrees with Cal on UK’s defense :: Vaught's Views
Knight, Jones, Liggins not ready to mull future yet
It is not a foregone conclusion that Liggins will be back. I haven't seen the draft boards, but it's possible he could get first-round consideration.
Calipari "wants back in" to the NBA?
So it begins. Yawn.
In a way, this road Calipari has chosen is perhaps as difficult as any in coaching. If the talent core and personality of every team is dictated by a group of guys who won't arrive on campus until August, you can't count on the program for continuity. You have to count on the coach.
I think this is the crux of the biscuit. Calipari has chosen a very challenging path that has arguably never succeeded, although UConn may pull it off this year.
That's right. UConn is just as freshman-dominated as Kentucky has been the last two years. Think about it.
"Right now, it's kind of tough to see," point guard Brandon Knight said. "But we definitely surpassed a lot of the expectations that we were supposed to meet or that people thought we could meet."
I think nobody could have made a convincing argument for Kentucky reaching this point until late march.
After only two years in Lexington, Coach Cal is just getting his feet wet and, though this year’s run was fantastic, this team isn’t quite the juggernaut that many expect him to roll out over the next few years, especially next season. Coach Cal has an ego and I don’t mean that in a bad way. All the great ones do. So it wouldn’t surprise me if he decided to give the NBA one more shot, just to prove he can win there too. But it would take near-perfect situation and some finished business at Kentucky.
I think this is exactly right. Of course, you can never say for sure, but this argument is very convincing to me.
- Reality has way of cooling off hot coaches - CharlotteObserver.com
None of Kentucky's seven national championship teams started a freshman. Considering that his team next year again will be led by freshmen, I wouldn't bet against Calipari making history.
- Tubby Smith: UK found the right fit with Calipari :: Vaught's Views
- Final Four run caps satisfying season at Kentucky - College Basketball - Rivals.com
Braeden Anderson Rumor is False...For Now
We do love our recruiting around here.
- Just Kentucky McDonald High Lights
That's the most cruel part of this sport -- how it reduces men to hoping. You invest years in recruiting certain prospects, months into coaching them, then you stand on the sideline and watch a 22-foot jumper from a college kid either go through the rim or bounce off of it. The result helps shape your career.
Heh. That's very true. When that shot left Liggins hands, I didn't think it would go in, but it was on line. It was just a forced shot from a player who doesn't shoot that many forced shots from deep range.
"Nothing hurts like this," said Harrellson after UK’s Final Four 56-55 Final four loss to Connecticut. "My last time putting on a Kentucky uniform. It’s harsh and it hurts. But I never dreamed of being in this position, so I’m happy."
No, he isn't. He is sad. All of us would be. But a measure of contentment may be found after a time, and yes, pride.
But for now, pain.
The shot looked like it had the right trajectory but it came up just a few inches short.
"I kind of babied it a little bit," Liggins said. "It was deep and I didn't get enough on it."
I know exactly how that works. It especially happens when you rush, you just don't quite get your legs under you.
Kind of late to the party, aren't we there, Bozich? This article has been out for weeks now.
I wonder if Forbes has seen this and factored it into their analysis? By looking at the figures, I'm thinking not.
- Calipari "really enjoyed coaching this team" :: Vaught's Views
Frank Haith to Missouri; Peters Decommits from OU :: ZagsBlog.com
Haith is a good fit for Missouri. I don't think Miami fans ever had much respect for him.
Calhoun says Walker wasn’t contained by UK : The Kentucky Kernel
I loathe Jim Calhoun more now than ever.
Rajon Rondo Loses Final Four Bet to Ray Allen
Ugh. The wages of defeat.
- Kentucky Sports Radio :: A Dear Josh Letter
Kemba congratulates Liggins on defensive effort — Jerry Tipton on UK basketball
So let me get this straight -- Walker says Liggins did a good job, and Calhoun doesn't think so. Kemba's classy. Calhoun also has class -- most of it low.
- Previewing the 2011 National Title game :: Beyond the Arc
Unlikely Final Four also applied to Kentucky’s shooting :: Beyond the Arc
It's enough to drive men (and women) mad ...
There was too much reliance on the three freshmen to carry the offensive load. Phrases coach Calipari used often like "trusting each other" or "playing off each other" didn’t seem to apply on this day. There were too many questionable choices of shots. Legendary coach John Wooden used to say "be quick but don’t hurry" and the Cats seemed to play in a hurried fashion from the outset.
I think this is very much correct.