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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...

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...

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....

Lamar Jackson 2106 Sports Figure of the Year

Lamar Jackson was named 2016 Sports Figure of the Year Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named 2016 Sports Figure of the Year by the Lexington Herald-Leader Wednesday night. A total of 157 members of the sports media voted and Jackson received 1,680 first votes, followed in second by Tyler Ulis with 639 votes. My ballot was submitted as follows: (1) Lamar Jackson “Clearly the most talented...

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-UK star Cousins to host free basketball camp and eye clinic Saturday in Winchester

DeMarcus Cousins and VSP Global will team up for free basketball camp and eye clinic for Kentucky students in Winchester Saturday. The camp for scheduled for 100 kids is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at College Park Gym at 15 Wheeler Ave. in Winchester. All campers will receive a backpack, DMC headband, wristband, an official Nike camp t-shirt, Shock-Doctor mouthguard, Nike Vision sunglasses and much more....

Former UK stars Wall, Cousins, return to Rupp Arena for exhibition game on Oct. 15

A day after celebrating the official tipoff of the Kentucky men’s basketball season at Big Blue Madness, past Kentucky greats John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere will return to Rupp Arena on Oct. 15 for an NBA exhibition game.   Wall’s Washington Wizards will play Cousins, Cauley-Stein, Labissiere and the Sacramento Kings. The game is slated for 7 p.m. John Wall...

Former UK star Cousins comes off the bench to help lead Team USA to gold medal

Snatching up what seemed like every rebound, former Kentucky standout DeMarcus Cousins also hauled in the first Olympic gold medal of his career with a strong performance Sunday in the championship game of the Rio Olympics.   With a gold medal on the line, Cousins saved his best for last for USA Basketball. Coming off the bench for a third straight game, Cousins set the tempo early by dominating the...

Keith Taylor: Poythress, Booker impressed with UK newcomers; Coach K heaps praise on Cousins

Several former Kentucky players are back on campus this week to take part in John Calipari’s Pro Camp. Among the returnees participating in the camp include Devin Booker, Alex Poythress, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Karl-Anthony Towns, who is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday. Devin Booker took part in UK’s Pro Shooting Camp last week (Vicky Graff Photo) In addition to interacting...

Shooting for gold: Former UK star Cousins named to U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team

Collegiate All-American. NBA All-Star. Olympian. Former Kentucky great DeMarcus Cousins was selected to the 12-man roster that will represent the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics as announced by Team USA Basketball on Monday. DeMarcus Cousins was named to the U.S. Olympic team Monday This is the first such appointment for Cousins, who participated with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Cousins...

Cousins, Wall and two other former UK standouts returning to Rupp Arena for exhibition game

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer The NBA is coming back to Rupp Arena next season. The Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards will play an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15. Former Kentucky players DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Willie Cauley-Stein and John Wall will appear in the contest one day after Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness event. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins...

Asheville rolls Legends in road finale; homestand features DeMarcus Cousins Bobblehead Night

Peter Lambert and Dylan Craig combined for a four-hit shutout, and Terry McClure had three hits and three runs batted in as the Asheville Tourists rolled to a 10-0 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday night in Asheville. Asheville scored three runs in the first inning. With two outs and no one on base, Brendan Rodgers was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and came home on a base hit by Brian...

Plenty of fireworks in store for Legends games; hosting All-Star game among other highlights

Lexington Legends fans can look forward to plenty of fireworks and fun at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in 2016. The 70-game home schedule opens April 7. The Legends, class A affiliate of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season. The Legends will also serve as host for the South Atlantic League All-Star game...

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...

NBA Bleeding Blue: Suns, Kings offer the best options for keeping up with former Wildcats

By Jonathan Coffman Special to KyForward As John Calipari continues his reign as the king of the one-and-done era, more NBA teams are beginning to blue tint along with their home colors. The Phoenix Suns drafted Devin Booker and re-signed Brandon Knight this summer, totaling four UK guards on the roster with Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin. After trying out Josh Harrellson on a Summer League contract,...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari, Wildcats have experienced many memorable moments in season-openers

Basketball season-opening memories. John Calipari hasn’t lost a single season opener at Kentucky. If UK, as expected, defeats Albany Friday night at Rupp Arena, it would give Calipari a glossy 7-0 mark in season openers. Since Calipari became the Wildcats’ head coach in 2009, all of Kentucky’s season openers have been a breeze with numerous blowouts over cupcakes. The exception was...

'It's a Great Thing to Do:' UK-NC Charity Game draws the stars, raises $1.5 million

DeMarcus Cousins led the UK Alumni team with 33 points, 18 rebounds and six assists (UK Athletics Photo)   The very scenario has been played out countless times in the imaginations of Kentucky fans: a team made up of players from throughout John Calipari’s tenure in Lexington suiting up together.   DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein sharing the frontcourt. Eric Bledsoe throwing alley-oops...