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NBA restarts season with 17 former UK players on rosters; campaign resumes July 30 from Orlando

Even under unique circumstances with several teams not playing in the NBA restart, the University of Kentucky will still have the largest college presence for the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season. Seventeen Wildcats – tied with Duke for the most in the country – appeared on official team rosters released by the NBA on Tuesday. The league is on the brink of resuming the 2019-20 season after play...

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...

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...

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,...

Anthony Davis, former Wildcats enter NBA playoffs hoping to take next step as pros

Former Wildcat Player of the Year Anthony Davis helped New Orleans win its season finale against San Antonio Wednesday, clinching his first appearance in the NBA playoffs (NBA.com Photo)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The NBA season concluded Wednesday, and five former Kentucky players made it into the postseason. But the former star getting the most attention is the one making...

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...

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: Cousins helps Kings to upset

Six players with local ties took the court in NBA games Thursday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points on 7-17 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in 28 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo scored 14 points on 7-13 shooting and tallied seven assists in 44 minutes of action for the...

NBA roundup: Rondo dishes out 14 assists

Five players with local ties took the court in NBA games Tuesday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo scored 10 points on 4-8 shooting and tallied 14 assists in 33 minutes of action for the Boston Celtics.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 10 points on 3-13 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of action for the Sacramento...

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: Keith Bogans signs with Nets

Three former UK players took the court in NBA games Tuesday, and one Wildcat alum caught on with a new team. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   The New Jersey Nets announced they have signed former UK guard Keith Bogans.   Former UK forward DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points on 8-15 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds in 36 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   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: 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...

NBA roundup: Jodie Meeks scores 26

Former UK guard Jodie Meeks scored 26 points on 10-11 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 35 minutes of action for the Philadelphia 76ers.   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists in 40 minutes of action for the Boston Celtics.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of action...

NBA roundup: Cousins continues surge

Ten players with local ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points on 6-11 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds in 39 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings   Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo scored 24 points on 8-16 shooting and tallied seven assists in 38 minutes of action for the Boston...

NBA roundup: Meeks, Wall score 20-plus

It was a big night for former UK guards in the NBA. Check out their performances and a roundup of all the local NBA players’ Friday games below:   Former UK guard Jodie Meeks scored 21 points on 7-13 shooting and tallied two rebounds in 24 minutes of action for the Philadelphia 76ers.   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 22 points on 10-22 shooting, dished out nine assists and grabbed...