Good morning BBN, these are your Thursday quickies. With the NBA season drawing closer, Kentucky fans will get to see the ever-growing group of former Cats flourishing in the NBA. From the dominant forces in the league, like DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, to the up-and-comers like Devin Booker, to the new rookies like Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray, there are Wildcats all over the league and in all different stages of their careers. The Cats represent 15 different NBA teams, which is half the league, and that’s sure to grow substantially in just a number of years. Kentucky has become the biggest pro factory in college basketball.
Check out a spotlight of some of the pro Wildcats we’ll have an eye on this season here.
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Bob’s Cubs live to see another series.
The Suns are preparing Ulis, keeping him engaged and promoting confidence with trust in his abilities. "We’re going to use him in a way they use backup quarterbacks," head coach Earl Watson said at media day. "He has to be close to our coach, the next seat over. He has to read the play-calls of the other team, call them to the back of the bench and learn other teams’ offense, so when he gets the opportunity, he’s well-prepared mentally because basketball(-wise) he’s beyond prepared."
In UK's win over Vanderbilt last weekend, Snell carried the ball a career-high 20 times and collected 94 yards. He had 44 yards in the fourth quarter that enabled the Wildcats to milk the clock and score another close win.
Stoops speaks on the progression of the Cats from the start of this year to now. They still have work to do for sure.
The Football Power Index does not give the Cats good chances of making a bowl game right now.
Kentucky has great receivers on the outside, and to help them get to a bowl they need to utilize their receiving targets.
How does Cal handle being both a coach and a father with his walk-on son, Brad Calipari?
The Cats may be off this weekend but that doesn’t mean they are taking it easy in practice. They’re conducting full practices, and seeing some growth.
Davis has been expected to lead the Pelicans to success; he’s got the superstar contract and the superstar hype, can he stay healthy, and be the young on-court leader that drives the Pelicans deep into the playoffs?
This is the only problem with Davis; he’s a franchise-saving talent (as mentioned above), but he has to stay healthy.
I think most people suspected this already, but LeBron makes it clear that Cleveland wanted to reunite the two in Cleveland after they both departed from Miami.
How do the Cubs deal with their 100+ year curse? It’s simple: they ignore it. None of the players are paying any attention to the “cursed” fate of the franchise.
Talk about your draft pick paying dividends...Toronto’s Auston Matthews scored 4 goals in his first NHL game.
Be careful what you wish for.
Brown has received heavy scrutiny for writing his name in chalk on the Great Wall of China, and has had to apologize and delete social media posts because of it.
After a rough stretch that Wells Fargo has had to endure, CEO John Stumpf is retiring.