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UK’s Calipari says Wildcats ‘pretty well in order’ while living in a bubble guarding against pandemic

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari doesn’t mind living in a bubble and said the Wildcats have things “pretty well in order” when it comes to guarding against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The guys have been great, but this thing has been hard,” Calipari said. “I’m more concerned with mental health than with anything else. (The players) know...

Calipari joins team, enjoys ‘great first week’ as they return to the court; adds a ‘little bounce’ to his step

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was impressed with his team following the first week of individual workouts. “Great first week,” the Kentucky coach tweeted Friday. Calipari joined his team for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began to focus primarily on the little things on the court. Coach Calipari watches his team during workouts this week. “(We) went a little old school...

Billy Reed: Remembering the great Wes Unseld, a big fella with a stellar career, dead at age 74

The last time I saw Wes Unseld, we were at a cocktail party in Louisville, participating in an event called “Louisville’s Legends.” The big fella was still massive, and I seem to recall a walker or cane nearby. I knew he had been suffering from some physical ailments. When he saw me, he smiled and motioned me to come sit with him. After the usual greetings, he said, “I need to get you up to...

Calipari atop New York Knicks’ coaching wish list? UK mentor unlikely to consider NBA opening

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s name has surfaced yet again as a potential candidate for the head coaching job with the New York Knicks. If the past is any indication, the Kentucky coach won’t walk away easily or at all. However, Calipari is a longtime friend of Leon Rose, who was recently hired as the Knicks’ team president. Rose’s first priority is hiring a coach and it’s...

Louisville legend, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dead at age 74

Former University of Louisville standout Wes Unseld, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday. He was 74. Unseld’s No. 31 is one of just four retired jersey numbers in UofL history. In three seasons at UofL (1965-68), he scored 1,686 points (11th all-time at UofL) and grabbed 1,551 rebounds (second all-time at UofL). Seneca High School graduate Wes Unseld...

Calipari says being intimidated by Michael Jordan ‘an understatement’ while coaching in NBA

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The “Last Dance” has captivated and fulfilled the nation’s thirst for sports, and Michael Jordan’s career has been well-documented during the weekly ESPN special that ends this Sunday night. The 10-part series profiled Jordan’s 15-year career in the NBA, a television biography that chronicled his six NBA championships as a member of the Chicago Bulls and sprinkled...

Already an NCAA and NBA champion, former Wildcat Nazr Mohammed wins new title — UK graduate

By Guy Ramsey, Amy Jones-Timoney and Brad Nally University of Kentucky Twenty-five years ago, Nazr Mohammed left Chicago to enroll at the University of Kentucky. Mohammed chased his dreams as a basketball player and a student, and embarked on a journey that has seen him succeed at every turn. First came a pair of national championships and All-Southeastern Conference honors during three years as a...

Former basketball standouts Turner, Mercer among six selected for induction into UK Hall of Fame

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wayne Turner won two national championships at Kentucky and was one of six former student-athletes named to the school’s 2020 Hall of Fame class on Thursday. Turner played in 151 games in his career with the Wildcats and was a member of the 1996 and 1998 national championship teams. Turner also was a member of the 1997 national runner-up squad and scored 1,170 points...

Former EKU basketball player Willie Cruz now NBA athletic performance coach for Houston Rockets

Like most kids who grow up playing basketball, Willie Cruz dreamed of reaching the NBA. He made it. Only not as a player. Cruz, a former Eastern Kentucky University basketball player, is now the athletic performance coach for the Houston Rockets. Cruz was born on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the “Flower City” – Rochester, New York. Willie Cruz, a former EKU basketball player, is now...

NBA suspends league play after Utah Jazz player tests positive for COVID-19, no resumption date set

NKyTribune staff The NBA suspended game play following the conclusion of Wednesday’s schedule of games, until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA announced Wednesday that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.  The test result was reported shortly before the...

John Calipari, former UK players shocked and saddened by death of L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Like thousands of basketball fans, teams and coaches across the nation, John Calipari was speechless after hearing of the death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday. The Kentucky coach said, “we all are in a state of shock over the news of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter and those who perished with them. No words work on a day like today; only a prayer.” “Lord, we all mourn...

Geoffrey Staton hired as head athletic trainer for UK men’s basketball; also worked with Phoenix Suns

Geoffrey Staton, who has experience at the college, professional and international levels, has been hired as the head athletic trainer for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Staton will take over for Chris Simmons, who served in the role since 2009-10 and returned to Memphis as the head athletic trainer in June. Staton will begin his role with the Wildcats immediately. “I...

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...

PJ Washington (Charlotte), Tyler Herro (Miami) are back-to-back picks in NBA Draft on Thursday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today As expected, PJ Washington was the first Kentucky player selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night at the Barkley’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Washington was taken as the No. 12 overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets. In somewhat of a surprise, Washington’s teammate Tyler Herro was selected next at No. 13 by the Miami Heat. Washington declared for the NBA Draft...

Tyler Herro to test NBA waters — but would be ‘thrilled’ to return to UK to compete for championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro is going to test the waters.   The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft Friday but is leaving his options open considering his future plans. Herro plans to hire an agent and return under new NCAA guidelines regarding the draft and will have until May 29 to make a final decision.   Herro discussed his options with his family and Kentucky coach...

UK’s PJ Washington going to NBA draft, ‘ready for next step’; Hagans returning next year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington has decided to enter the NBA Draft and this time for good.   
“It’s been a little over a week since our season ended but it still hasn’t hit me that I’ve played my last game with Kentucky across my chest,” Washington said. “This place has been my home for two years and it’s hard for me to put in words how much I’ve grown in my time at...

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...

Adebayo, Johnson, Poythress among former Cats participating in NBA Las Vegas Summer League

The main event of the NBA Summer League, the Las Vegas league, tipped off Friday with 12 Kentucky men’s basketball players on summer league rosters. No other college has as many players in the Las Vegas league as UK. The dozen Wildcats will cover eight of the 24 teams in the league. The Las Vegas league will feature 67 games from Friday to July 17. Kentucky’s representation includes: · ...

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: Watching former Wildcats an added bonus for UK grad Tomlin in job with Mavericks

For University of Kentucky graduate Scott Tomlin, it’s a very exciting time to follow NBA as the league is loaded with former Wildcats. Like many Kentucky fans, Tomlin keeps track of ex-UK standouts. And, believe or not, he has the best seat in the house in NBA arenas because of his media relations job with the Dallas Mavericks. Tomlin is the communications manager for the Mavericks in the office...