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Former UK stars Rondo, Cousins reuniting with one-time Wildcat standout Davis as L.A. Lakers

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins will be reuniting with another one-time Wildcat — Anthony Davis — as members of the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming season. Rondo, who played for the Lakers last season, agreed to a two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles. Cousins, a member of the Golden State Warriors last season, signed a one-year deal with...

Anthony Davis, Jacob Tamme newest members of UK Athletics HOF class

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anthony Davis made a lasting impact during his short career at the University of Kentucky. Davis helped lead the Wildcats to their eighth national title in 2012 and will also be among six newest inductees into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Davis, a six-year NBA veteran and currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, owns the school record...

Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis keeps turning heads in NBA

Anthony Davis enjoyed a successful fifth season with New Orleans and averaged double figures in points and rebounds. (New Orleans Pelicans Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Durant wasn’t surprised with the way former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis performed in the Western Conference semifinals. The Golden State Warriors standout and Davis played on the same U.S.A. men’s basketball team...

Rosters released for 2017 UK Legends Charity Game — excluding current NBA players

Rosters for the 2017 UK Legends Game, which will be held Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena in conjunction with the UK Alumni Charity Game, were announced Monday. Twenty players are expected to suit up for the Legends Game at 7 p.m., with others, including current NBA players, playing in the UK Alumni Charity Game at 8 p.m. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm any current NBA players participating...

Host of fan favorites fill rosters for annual UK men’s basketball charity game Aug. 25

Some of Big Blue Nation’s favorites will don “Kentucky” across their chest once again for the annual UK Alumni Charity Game. On Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena, fans will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program when Kentucky hosts the 2017 UK Alumni Charity Game. This year’s event will feature two games, with a Legends Game starting at 7 p.m....

Former Wildcat stars Davis, Wall earn All-NBA first- and third-team honors after media vote

Anthony Davis is back at the top. John Wall is now considered among the elite. So say the 100 media members who voted for the annual All-NBA Teams, which the league announced Thursday. Davis was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career while Wall made the All-NBA Third Team. It’s Wall’s first All-NBA honor. Davis previously made the All-NBA First Team in 2015. Davis picked...

Jamie Vaught: He may be a bit biased, but Grevey likes watching former Wildcats playing in the NBA

For many years, Kevin Grevey has worked as a scout for NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. And the ex-Kentucky Wildcat All-American said in a recent interview with this columnist that he is having more fun following NBA as the league is now loaded with former UK hoops standouts. “I love my Kentucky Wildcats,” said Grevey who played as a 6-5 forward at Kentucky and graduated in 1975. And that could be a...

Trade between Kings, Pelicans will place former Wildcats Cousins, Davis in same frontcourt

The fireworks have apparently kicked off well before Thursday’s trade deadline with the Sacramento Kings agreeing to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans The trade, which was first reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, will have Cousins pairing up with fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis, who took home MVP honors in Sunday’s All-Star Game at Smoothie...

Leading the Way: Nine former Wildcats participating in NBA All-Star Weekend showcase

The Kentucky men’s basketball team will make its annual presence felt at NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans with nine Wildcats participating the league’s showcase of talent. Headlined by three NBA All-Stars, more alumni than any other school, UK will touch nearly every part of All-Star weekend. The main event will be Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for the All-Star Game....

Jamie Vaught: Following in some giant footsteps, Bam’s UK career off to a solid start

Post man Edrice “Bam” Adebayo certainly has big shoes to fill at Kentucky. He has to follow John Calipari’s superstar big men at Kentucky such as DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns from the past. That’s if he wants to be considered a success. While the 6-10, 260-pound freshman standout hasn’t gotten as much attention as the two UK high-flying rookie stars De’Aaron Fox...

Ex-Cats Cousins, Wall and Davis selected for NBA All-Star game

Further proving the notion that the Kentucky men’s basketball program helps prepare its players for the NBA better than any other school, three former Wildcats – DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and John Wall – were selected for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game as reserves on Thursday night. No college has more than two representatives in the annual contest. It’s the third time Davis and Wall have...

Former Cats Davis, Cousins, Wall among finalists for 2016 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team

Former Kentucky men’s basketball stars DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall have been named finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team by USA Basketball. The trio, all of whom played under current UK head coach John Calipari, are among 30 players vying for a spot on the final 12-man roster that will compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. Anthony Davis, who led Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: Versatile UK freshman Labissiere hard to compare to other Wildcat big men

Even though he didn’t play well against a tough Duke team in Chicago Tuesday night because of foul trouble, getting only seven points and four rebounds in 13 minutes, UK’s Skal Labissiere is still going to be one of the nation’s most exciting big men in college basketball this season. After watching the 6-foot-11, 225-pound freshman from Haiti play a couple of games in person at Rupp...

Opening day NBA rosters include total of 21 of Calipari’s former Wildcats, including five rookies

The Kentucky men’s basketball team, the nation’s most prolific NBA player-producing program, once again leads the country by placing 21 players opening-day NBA rosters. Of the 446 players in the NBA to start the 2015-16 season, approximately 4.7 percent played college basketball at Kentucky. Other than Kansas, which has 19, no other college basketball school comes within three players of UK as...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky's All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

Noel receives less attention than Kentucky’s All-Star big men, but the rookie stats stack up

Nerlens Noel battles DeMarcus Cousins in the paint during his rookie season. (Photo from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA is quickly becoming a faster, smaller league, but a handful of former Kentucky big men are managing to keep the position relevant.   Nerlens Noel is just doing it without the spotlight.   Since John Calipari started coaching the Wildcats...

Calipari denies New Orleans media reports that he has interest in coaching Pelicans

John Calipari took to his Twitter feed to deny interest in the New Orleans Pelicans’ head coaching job (UK Athletics Photo)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Hours after media speculation in New Orleans that he was interested in discussing a move to the NBA’s Pelicans, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari said Tuesday he had no plans to pursue the position.   Calipari...

Sports Notes: Western Kentucky softball star Kramer has monster week, but modest record

Western Kentucky pitcher Miranda Kramer pitched a no-hitter against Charlotte last week and nearly had another against No. 17 Kentucky (WKU Athletics Photo/Megan Stearman)   Western Kentucky University senior pitcher Miranda Kramer had quite a week last week even though she only had a 2-2 record to show for it.   Kramer is 20-7 and the only active NCAA Division I pitcher with over 1,000 career...

Anthony Davis, former Wildcats enter NBA playoffs hoping to take next step as pros

Former Wildcat Player of the Year Anthony Davis helped New Orleans win its season finale against San Antonio Wednesday, clinching his first appearance in the NBA playoffs (NBA.com Photo)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA season concluded Wednesday, and five former Kentucky players made it into the postseason. But the former star getting the most attention is the one making...

Former Wildcats playing big roles in NBA All-Star Weekend may be starting a trend

Former Wildcat star Anthony Davis will miss the All-Star game due to injury, but is still among the NBA MVP favorites this season (Photos from NBA.com)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA marks the mid-point of its regular season with a weekend of events that lead into the 64th All-Start game on Sunday night. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball...