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Friday Quickies: No Thanks Knicks Edition

Calipari shoots down the Knicks rumors and more in today’s quickies.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of year again! Rumors swirled yesterday about people from the Calipari camp reaching out to people from the New York Knicks about taking over the vacancy left by Phil Jackson’s dismissal. This happens every year, but this time around Cal put it to rest himself, pretty much immediately.

A nice Twitter rant was all we needed to be even more reassured that Coach Cal will be at Kentucky for awhile.

Tweets of the day

So that’s put to rest.

You’re making Cal cranky, you inaccurate reporters.

Your quickies

Lynn Bowden expected to be in Lexington soon - KSR
Bowden has yet to get to campus, but he has received a test score he needed to enroll, so he’ll be at UK with the other incoming freshmen.

Could John Calipari coach the USA men’s national team some day? - SEC Country
Can’t think of many better candidates than Coach Cal, although it’d probably be an adjustment for him to coach pro players again; that didn’t work out all that well the first time around.

UK makes four-star linebacker’s top three - Cats Illustrated
Eriq Gilyard, a four-star linebacker from Jacksonville, FL has included Kentucky, along with UCF and NC State in his final three college choices.

Three Cats participating in Sixers mini-camp - Cats Pause
Isaiah Briscoe has earned an invite, so he’ll join former Cats Alex Poythress and Aaron Harrison.

Preview of UK’s season opener - Cats Illustrated
A very early look at UK-EKU, Kentucky’s first game of the 2017-18 season, and their first game in the new;y-named Kroger Field.

INSANE police chase goes from Louisville to Indiana - KSR
What a chase. This was some Grand Theft Auto five-star wanted level type of stuff. And the ending was, well, a bit brutal.

What if the Knicks replaced Phil Jackson with Isiah Thomas? - Washington Post
No, not the Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, but Detroit Pistons bad boy Isaiah Thomas. Anything’s better than the mess Phil created, right?...okay maybe not.

Three small-market stars could be on the move, despite NBA efforts-Chicago Tribune
The NBA wants small market teams to be competitive. But when Gordon Hayward, Paul George and Russell Westbrook see the opportunities for big money in big-market cities, or the opportunity for a championship in places like Cleveland or Boston, it’s hard to keep them put.

Dana White seems to be setting up McGregor’s next fight - Bloody Elbow
White claims that Conor McGregor wants to fight Khabib in Russia after his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in Vegas.

Danny Ainge’s son wants Gordon Hayward to stay in Utah - ESPN
Danny Ainge’s son, Tanner Ainge, is running for public office in Utah, and wants to keep Hayward in-state. Meanwhile, Danny (GM of the Boston Celtics) is trying to get Hayward to Boston. It’s a family feud for one of the most sought-after free agents.

Bartolo Colon released by Atlanta Braves - New York Post
It’s a sad day for Big Sexy. But could he now return to the New York Mets?

FC Cincinnati shows us there is no limit to what American soccer can be - SB Nation
FC Cincinnati hosted the Chicago Fire at Nippert Stadium a couple nights ago. About 32,000 people attended, roaring as the minor league soccer team defeated an MLS team in penalty kicks. It’s a sign that American soccer truly could be great.