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Jamie Vaught: After sassing Adolph Rupp, Hall of Famer Louie Dampier believed UK career was over

(Editor’s Note: During our national COVID-19 crisis, longtime sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest and fifth book, titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey,” was released in late February 2020.) Long before...

Jamie Vaught: Colorful ABA's Kentucky Colonels once rivaled Wildcats' popularity

(Jamie Vaught Photo)   When I wrote a recent column about ex-American Basketball Association (and NBA) superstar Dan Issel and a possible NBA franchise in Louisville, it brought back a lot of good childhood memories.   As mentioned in that column two weeks ago, Issel played for the popular Kentucky Colonels for several years and led them to the league championship in 1975. Established in...

Jamie Vaught: Colorful ABA’s Kentucky Colonels once rivaled Wildcats’ popularity

(Jamie Vaught Photo)   When I wrote a recent column about ex-American Basketball Association (and NBA) superstar Dan Issel and a possible NBA franchise in Louisville, it brought back a lot of good childhood memories.   As mentioned in that column two weeks ago, Issel played for the popular Kentucky Colonels for several years and led them to the league championship in 1975. Established in...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...