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UK grad Chad Sanders plays big role with NBA’s Toronto Raptors, learned ‘a lot from Mr. Wildcat’

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky “Don’t have a one-track mind … you might choose a path you weren’t planning on taking, and your passion could become a career.” These words of advice for young college students come from University of Kentucky alumnus Chad Sanders, 32, general manager (GM) for the G League team Raptors 905, affiliate of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, who are currently...

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...

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...