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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....

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...

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...

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...

Kentucky sends more players to NBA than any other program, and they're pretty good!

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward correspondent   John Calipari was introduced as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats on April 1, 2009. If basketball fans were told then that 19 Wildcats would be drafted into the NBA within his first five seasons, they may have assumed it was some kind of prank.   But this is no April Fool’s joke. A total of 19 Wildcats have been selected by various NBA teams,...

Former Cats help raise more than $1 million for charity in annual alumni game at Rupp

  Almost two dozen former UK men’s basketball players, including 10 current NBA players, came together Monday to raise more than $1 million for charity at the school’s annual alumni game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The game featured seven former Wildcats currently on NBA rosters: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Detroit Pistons forward Josh Harrellson,...

Former Wildcats, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari’s next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

Former Wildcats, current NBA stars offer advice for John Calipari's next UK team

John Calipari and seven former Wildcats, including six NBA first-round picks, pose with campers Wednesday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Every fall a new group of UK men’s basketball players learns one cannot quite understand what to expect from being a Wildcat until he experiences it first hand.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Still, several former Cats in town this week for John...

Former UK stars wrap up NBA season, but nine will participate in playoffs

Nine former UK men’s basketball players will participate in the NBA playoffs this season.   The playoff field was finalized with the conclusion of regular season games Thursday. The former UK players who will participate are listed below with links to their NBA.com player pages.   Daniel Orton — Orlando Magic   DeAndre Liggins — Orlando Magic   Enes Kanter —...

NBA roundup: Wall, Cousins have big nights

Ten players with local ties took the court in NBA games Monday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 31 points on 10-19 shooting, tallied seven assists and grabbed five rebounds in 44 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points on 11-20 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds in 38...

NBA roundup: Cousins struggles with fouls

Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored eight points on 3-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 14 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former Morehead center Kenneth Faried scored six points on 2-3 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in seven minutes of action for the Denver Nuggets.   Former UK student Enes Kanter, who was declared ineligible to play basketball at UK by the NCAA,...

NBA roundup: Prince, Knight star for Pistons

Eight players with local ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday. You can see a rundown of their performance below:   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points on 9-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 39 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 7-18 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and tallied four assists in 43 minutes...

NBA roundup: John Wall scores 20

Former UK point guard John Wall scored 20 points on 7-16 shooting and dished out six assists in 36 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points on 7-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK forward Patrick Patterson scored eight points on 4-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds...

NBA roundup: Cousins, Knight score 17

Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 8-16 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds in 33 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings. The performance was Cousins’ 13th double-double of the season, second most in the NBA.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting and tallied five assists in 41 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former...

NBA roundup: Brandon Knight scores 22

Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 22 points on 6-18 shooting and tallied four assists in 34 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 7-12 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 13 points on 4-17 shooting, tallied 10 assists and grabbed nine...

NBA roundup: Wall leads Wizards to shocker

Ten players with Kentucky ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 25 points on 6-17 shooting, tallied eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in 44 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 29 points on 13-23 shooting and grabbed three rebounds...

NBA roundup: Prince, Knight lead Pistons

Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points on 10-22 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in 36 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 7-16 shooting and tallied four assists in 35 minutes of action for the Pistons.   Former UK forward Patrick Patterson scored 12 points on 5-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 24 minutes...

NBA roundup: John Wall scores career-high

Former UK point guard John Wall scored a career-high 38 points on 13-22 shooting, tallied eight assists and grabbed six rebounds in 43 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo scored 12 points on 6-14 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and tallied nine assists in 40 minutes of action for the Boston Celtics.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 10...

NBA roundup: Wall just misses triple-double

Former UK point guard John Wall scored 19 points on 6-14 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out nine assists in 37 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK center Josh Harrellson scored 12 points on 5-10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 20 minutes of action for the New York Knicks.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 points on 4-12 shooting and grabbed...