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Indiana assistant Bruiser Flint emerges as possible replacement for departing Kenny Payne at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It may not take long for John Calipari to find a new assistant coach. Less than 24 hours after longtime associate head coach Kenny Payne announced his departure, Bruiser Flint’s name surfaced as a possible replacement. Flint replaced Calipari at Massachusetts and has been a long-time friend of the Kentucky coach. He served on Calipari’s staff with the Minutemen from...

University of Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne leaving Cats for job with New York Knicks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kenny Payne is stepping up to the next level. A fixture on John Calipari’s coaching staff at the University of Kentucky, Payne accepted an offer from the New York Knicks to become an assistant coach under recently hired Tom Thibodeau. Payne, a former standout at the University of Louisville, spent the past 10 seasons with the Wildcats, including the past six years as...

Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne says Wildcats ‘well-trained’ as tournament time nears

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If you ask Kenny Payne, Kentucky is prepared for the challenge Texas A&M presents when the two teams meet Tuesday. “We’ve trained all this time for this time of the year,” the Kentucky associate head coach said Monday. “Right now, we want to be playing our best basketball leading up into going into the tournament, going into the NCAA Tournament. A lot of...

Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Zan Payne to play for father Kenny Payne and Calipari at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Another coach’s son has officially joined the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Zan Payne, son of Wildcats associate head coach Kenny Payne, has decided to join the team as a walk-on after scoring more than 1,000 points during his prep career at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington. Zan Payne The 6-foot-4 Payne averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds...

Freshmen Gilgeous-Alexander, Knox carrying the scoring load for balanced Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has proven he can take the lead when it comes to scoring. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also can take over the reins on offense when called upon. The two Kentucky freshmen have led the No. 21 Wildcats in scoring during the past two games, a sign the Wildcats (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) aren’t a one-dimensional team. .Knox scored a career-high 34 points...

Keith Taylor: UK coaches not concerned about letdown following big win over Michigan State

Kentucky was impressive in its dismantling of Michigan State in the Champions Classic. The challenge for the second-ranked Wildcats is not to become complacent starting with Sunday’s game against Duquesne Sunday at Rupp Arena. The contest is the first of three straight games for Kentucky during Thanksgiving break. Wenyen Gabriel and the Wildcats take on Duquesne Sunday in a 9 p.m. tipoff at Rupp...

Isaiah Briscoe had no problem with returning to Kentucky, ready to step into leadership role

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Isaiah Briscoe is ready to be a leader. The Kentucky sophomore guard will be counted on to take the reins vacated by Tyler Ulis next season and Briscoe knows what it takes to provide the necessary guidance to help lead the Wildcats. “(I’ve) just got to lead by example,” Briscoe said Wednesday. “That’s one thing, and that’s on and off the...

Which Kentucky players have held Wildcats back from full performance coaches seek?

Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne said he’s still looking for Kentucky’s first full team performance this season. (File photo by James Pennington)   Assistant coach Kenny Payne said Tuesday that the No. 14 Wildcats still have not had a game this year—not recently, anyway, against quality competition—in which every player was in the groove on the same day. Willie Cauley-Stein...

Kenny Payne previews Auburn

As has become trend recently, John Calipari handed off his mid-week news conference duties to an assistant coach Tuesday, and assistant Kenny Payne was in his place. Payne spends a lot of time working to develop Kentucky’s big men, a role that he has filled since his first season at Kentucky in 2010-11, Josh Harrellson’s emergence. Payne had some interesting things to say about Willie Cauley-Stein,...

John Calipari signs new contract, bringing
yearly compensation to at least $5.2 million

UK head coach John Calipari will be coaching for the first time next season as a national champion, and he’ll also be working with a new contract.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Friday, UK announced Calipari and assistant coaches Orlando Antigua, Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed new multi-year contracts with the university.   “It’s rare, in this day and age,...

John Calipari signs new contract, bringing yearly compensation to at least $5.2 million

UK head coach John Calipari will be coaching for the first time next season as a national champion, and he’ll also be working with a new contract.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Friday, UK announced Calipari and assistant coaches Orlando Antigua, Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed new multi-year contracts with the university.   “It’s rare, in this day and age,...

Coach Cal’s camp, full of basketball heroes, was dream-come-true for boys, dads

Commentary By Judy Clabes judy@kyforward.com This is an as-told-to story. The guy who lived it is on the disabled list, recuperating from multiple aches and pains and star-struck euphoria associated with the best Father’s Day experience ever – the Coach John Calipari Father-Son Basketball camp at the University of Kentucky. The camp is just one of a series of summer camp options offered through...