Out of 353 NCAA Division I men’s basketball head coaching jobs, seven are held by former Kentucky Wildcats players. What should be a source of pride to UK backers is leavened by the fact that three of the ex-Cats are enduring brutal years.
Well before he could even begin his rehab from his Achilles injury, former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins contacted one of the NBA’s best dunkers (Dominique Wilkins), one of the league’s best scorers (Kobe Bryant), a former teammate (Rudy Gay) and a dependable NBA role player (Wesley Mathews) to learn how they went about returning to the court.
Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox welcomed the challenge of facing two-time All-Star Kemba Walker. When it ended, Fox and Sacramento walked away with a 104-97 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at Golden 1 Center.
During the preseason, Kentucky Coach John Calipari saw qualities in his players that made him optimistic about the 2018-19 season. He saw a love of basketball and a competitive spirit that reminded him of former player Brandon Knight, who he believed made a significant difference in the culture of his program.
Malik Monk is learning. It might be his favorite word. He says he is learning from Tony Parker and Kemba Walker. He says he is learning to defend “grown men” who know the tricks of the trade. He says he is learning to vary his pace when he comes off the bench for the Charlotte Hornets, because he does not need to dial it up to flambé all the time.
Former University of Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel left Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game after suffering a head injury. He was contesting an Andrew Wiggins dunk attempt when his head hit the hardwood floor.
Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to help No. 2 Michigan build a double-digit lead and Jordan Poole finished with 18 points as the Wolverines held off No. 21 Indiana for a 74-63 win.
As the Los Angeles Lakers downed the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night at Staples Center, 112-104, another game was being played simultaneously. Speculation of Anthony Davis’ future being with LeBron James and in L.A. dominated the conversation.
When Kentucky celebrated is 1993 Final Four team last weekend, Jamal Mashburn was conspicuous by his absence. His former teammates saluted Mashburn as the key player in Kentucky’s glorious revival 25 years ago.
Tyler Herro’s shooting has been the subject of discussion through the first 10 games of Kentucky’s season. John Calipari said the freshman needs to accept that some shots simply will not go in. Meanwhile, Devin Booker’s father gave Herro’s dad some fatherly advice.