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Former UK star, assistant coach Dwane Casey tabbed NBA Coach of the Year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky standout and assistant coach Dwane Casey received one of the highest honors in the NBA Monday night. Casey was named the NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the Raptors to a 59-23 record and a berth in the playoffs. The record was the best in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors fired Casey after dropping a series to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern...

Jamie Vaught: Celebrating Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team as Feb. 24 reunion approaches

One of my favorite basketball teams at the University of Kentucky is the 1977-78 squad which won the school’s fifth national title. And it happened while I was a student reporter at UK. I have many stories about the 1978 Wildcats, who finished with a 30-2 mark, and several of them have been published in my UK basketball books and newspaper columns over the years. With the forthcoming reunion of...

Raptors’ Casey, Celtics’ McCarty will coach former Wildcat greats in annual UK Alumni Charity series

Some of the greatest players to put on a Kentucky uniform will be back in action for the UK Alumni Charity Game on Friday in Rupp Arena. Former Wildcat stars Derek Anderson, Keith Bogans, Ramel Bradley, Rex Chapman, Erik Daniels, Tony Delk, Jamaal Magloire, Mychal Mulder and Antoine Walker are all confirmed for the main event of the UK Alumni Charity Series. Current NBA players will also play in...

Keith Taylor: Marcus Lee closer to a landing spot; Kentucky-Louisville game moved to weekday

Marcus Lee has likely found a new home and will be closer to his family. The former University of Kentucky forward reportedly visited California on Tuesday and is expected to commit to the Golden Bears. Lee will have to sit out next year before becoming eligible the following season. Former UK forward is expected to transfer to California (UK Athletics Photo) Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward, averaged...

Jamie Vaught: Casey, Patterson give NBA Raptors a strong Big Blue Kentucky connection

When Dwane Casey’s Toronto Raptors tipped off their regular season Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers, his National Basketball Association team was favored to capture the Atlantic Division, according to Sporting News college/pro basketball yearbook. In addition, Sports Illustrated, in its special Oct. 26 NBA Preview edition, has the Raptors listed at No. 2 behind the Cleveland Cavaliers in...