Kentucky linebackers and defensive backs accounted for an exorbitant percentage of the team’s season-ending statistical →
By Brett Bibbins on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 11:00pm
It was reported a few weeks back that the Washington Wizards had offered John Wall a huge contract extension, but he had decided to think it over before deciding to agree to those terms. Well, here we have it, late on a Friday night, news is breaking that Wall has agreed to stay in Washington through 2023.
John Wall has agreed to the designated player veteran exception in Washington, per source, that will pay him a total of $207M through 2023.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 22, 2017
Wall’s extension is for 4 years and $170 million. And to think, some people think he should’ve stayed four years and received his college degree rather than going one and done. I think he probably got the better end of that situation.
John Wall will be making $42.5 million a year starting in 2019. But if only he got that college degree, am I right? https://t.co/613WeLJqo7
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) July 22, 2017
Quick shoutout to our own Jack Pilgrim for the number crunch and the subtle jab at the haters. Even more impressive than that number is what Wall could potentially be making per game in the final year of his contract.
If John Wall exercises the 4th year on his designated player extension,he will make $570,743 per #NBA in season game in final yr of ext.
— Robert Raiola, CPA (@SportsTaxMan) July 22, 2017
A huge congrats to Wall and his family. This is exactly what Coach Cal is always talking about when he says he wants to change lives for these kids. It won’t be long until we’re hearing about deals like this for a bunch of former Kentucky guys.
By Savannah Patton on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 10:30pm
The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen, mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s
has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for
the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.
You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.
#10 Big Blue Nate
— Big Blue Nate (@NateElli2345) July 21, 2017
We made it!!
#9 Chris Roberts
— Chris Roberts (@C_Rob2915) July 21, 2017
I’m not crossing my fingers on that one.
#8 Jean Hall
— Jean Hall (@Dsbmom09) July 21, 2017
Hey Dad, I know you’re reading this – can we do this next year?
#7 Jacob Hagan
— Jacob Hagan (@JacobHagan) July 21, 2017
— John (@avawam14) July 21, 2017
Paint Hattiesburg blue!!!!
— drail (@BBN4LIFE71) July 21, 2017
Ryan is the ultimate fangirl.
#4 Nick Carroll
— Nick Carroll (@CickNarroll) July 21, 2017
“Concerning Content” is UofL’s motto.
#3 Dudley Hanks
Some great #KSR podcasts this week. Coaches Mitchell, Thomas and Marrow are radio stars..
— Dudley Hanks (@78Iwasthere) July 21, 2017
Who says summers are slow? We’re rocking this.
#2 Wilder Treadway
— Wilder Treadway (@Wilder_Treadway) July 22, 2017
Hy, we started it.
— J (@jjack07) July 21, 2017
I will be 100 miles away…maybe even more.
By Brett Bibbins on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 10:00pm
How many times have we said on this site that Zion Williamson was a freakish athlete like we had never seen before? Well how ever high that number is, add one more to it.
I don’t even care that this is in warmups. If a player can do this, imagine what he can do when he is surrounded by high level players on a fastbreak.
Zion 😯 (via i.swiish/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/5peuEkeaoO
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 22, 2017
I will never get tired of seeing what this kid can do with a basketball. Fingers crossed that he and Immanuel Quickley keep their plan of a package deal and end up in Lexington together because that would be really, really fun to watch.
By Brett Bibbins on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 9:00pm
If you haven’t been paying any attention to Drew Franklin’s Twitter feed, Snapchat story, or Instagram posts, Kentucky native and friend of KSR Kent Bulle is over in England playing in the 2017 Open Championship. Not only is Kent playing, but he is playing really well through the first two days. Bulle is tied for 10th after the completion of Round 2 keeping his overall score at even par.
Here’s a few looks at shots from his opening round, courtesy of Drew.
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What’s even better, is that Kent is getting noticed from the media on the PGA Tour. PGATour.com’s Sean Martin wrote a really great story on Bulle’s journey to being able to play in The Open. The piece starts like this:
Glasgow native Kent Bulle is in contention at The Open Championship. He’s not a Scot giving the British fans a rooting interest, though. He’s a Web.com Tour player who is a surprise contender at The Open Championship after earning his spot with a win in South America.
Bulle is from Glasgow, Kentucky, a town of approximately 15,000 residents and a dozen stoplights. It was named for the Scottish hometown of one of its founders, John Matthews. His mascot at Glasgow High School was the Scotties, and the town is known for its annual Scottish Highland Games.
Do yourself a favor and check out the entire story right here.
For the time being, keep making us proud over there Kent, and keep placing those smart bets on him Drew.
By Brett Bibbins on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 8:00pm
Major NBA news broke in the last few hours, with reports circulating that Kyrie Irving made a request to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trade before this upcoming season starts. ESPN is also reporting that there were four landing spots that were given as preferred by Irving and his agent. Those four teams were the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Immediate thoughts on those four teams with the addition of Kyrie? The Knicks are a dumpster fire of an organization so that would be a waste of one of the top guards in the league. It’d be awesome to see him work in a Popovich inspired offense rather than an iso-offense that he ran in Cleveland. He could make a living in South Beach throwing lobs to Bam and Hassan Whiteside. But the most intriguing of the four teams are the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The T’Wolves are on the verge of being a contender for the top few spots in the Western Conference with the offseason addition of Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Jamal Crawford. Add in Kyrie to make a starting lineup of Irving at the point, Butler at the two, Andrew Wiggins at the wing, with Karl Towns and Taj Gibson running the paint. That team is incredibly solid, especially when you realize that the bench includes Teague, Crawford, and others.
Now obviously there are several factors that would influence a possible trade, but I went over to ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine to see if I could get the financials to work for both teams. I tried a few possible trades that did not work, but managed to find this possibility without too much work.
The Timberwolves would receive Irving, while giving up a few guys that most UK fans should recognize: former Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng, former Duke guard and Kentucky recruit Tyus Jones, and former UCLA Bruin and Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad. Would both teams accept this trade? No way to know, but the possibility of it is extremely exciting to think about for Towns and Kentucky fans everywhere.
By Brett Bibbins on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Darius Garland is widely considered as a top three point guard in the class of 2018. On Sunday, I wrote about him receiving a Kentucky offer, and it seems that Garland is already ramping up his recruitment. Just now, Garland released his top six teams, and the Kentucky Wildcats made the cut.
Top 6🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/xfjh0NGGFR
— Darius Garland (@dariusgarland22) July 21, 2017
As you can see, the other five schools to round out the top six are Indiana, Kansas, Duke, Vandy, and UCLA. All stereotypical blue-blood schools, with the exception of the outlier in Vanderbilt. However, keeping the Commodores on the list makes sense, as the campus is less than 20 minutes from where Garland grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Still interesting to see how Garland’s recruitment will be effected by Kentucky’s positive position with Immanuel Quickley, but you can never recruit too many good guards.
Check out some of Garland’s highlights against fellow top guard in the class of 2018, Tre Jones, at the Peach Jam:
By C.M. Tomlin on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 6:30pm
As always, each week KSR’s Funkhouser collects the best of pop culture. And as always, The Entertation Index collects the best of the week for your consumption.
Bennington, Chester — Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington passed away on Thursday after committing suicide by hanging, as reported by California Law Enforcement services. Please, again, I beg you guys: if this type of thing is even the kind of thing that flashes in your mind from time to time, please get the help you need before it’s too late. Nothing is worth this. Rest easier, Chester.
Link: Linkin Park Singer Commits Suicide by Hanging
Comic-Con — San Diego’s annual Comic-Con has begun for another year and this go-roudn the Syfy Network has opened a “pop-up chapel” where American Gods actor Orlando Jones is officiating legal weddings. Convention-goers can theme their weddings in any fashion possible using props like bouquets or light sabers and tie the knot during the event before almost assuredly having sex for the first time ever.
Link: Orlando Jones Officiates Star Wars-Themed Wedding at Comic-Con Pop-Up Chapel
Crush, Candy — The CBS game-show iteration of the not-that-popular-anymore app Candy Crush have taken a nosedive after its initial pilot, dropping in ratings over 30% from its opening week to its second week. Producers are said to be reaching out to friends over Facebook, requesting them to send the show more viewers.
Link: Candy Crush Plummets in Week 2
Hart, Kevin — A Radar Online video published on Wednesday claims to have captured funnyman Kevin Hart en flagrante with a Miami model, a rumor Hart claims is untrue. According the the model, the experience was a lot like the film Central Intelligence: it had a lot of promise and probably should have been okay but for some reason was just terrible.
Link: Kevin Hart Responds to Miami Video, Allegations That He Cheated on his Pregnant Wife
Kaelin, Kato — Upon O.J. Simpson’s parole granting on Thursday, Simpson’s former friend — and pivotal figure in the murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson — Kato Kaelin told reporters that he didn’t think “this would be the final chapter of O.J. Simpson” and once again re-iterated his feelings that Simpson was guilty of murder in 1995. He also added to the media “Do you guys want to come in and watch some TV or something? Don’t leave. I have some stuff I could make us to eat. No, don’t leave. Come inside. Please, don’t leave me. I’ll say more, I promise. I have cable. You guys like Sega Genesis? Just hang out. Please?”
Link: Kato Kaelin Talks OJ Simpson Parole
Usher — According to court papers recently unearthed, song and dance man Usher Raymond payed a “celebrity stylist” $1.1 million dollars after he infected the stylist with herpes. This shouldn’t be as big of a deal as it is; after all, country superstar Luke Bryan has been infecting people with ear gonnorhea for years.
Link: Usher Allegedly Paid a Woman $1.1 Million Dollars After Giving Her Herpes
West, Adam — Last month former Batman star and national treasure Adam West passed away at 88, leaving the fictional Family Guy town of Quahog, Rhode Island without a mayor. The producers of Family Guy this week released a nine-minute supercut of West’s greatest moments on the show, and it’s a lot of fun. RIP, Mayor Adam West. And enjoy this, everyone.
Link: Family Guy Honors Adam West With this 9-Minute Montage
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 5:38pm
Turns out another Kentucky Wildcat is headed overseas for the chance to compete in an international tournament.
Sophomore big man Sacha Killeya-Jones has been invited to Great Britain’s training camp for the 2017 FIBA EuroBasket Tournament. Sacha, who is eligible for the team because his mother was born in Britain, is one of 24 players invited to training camp; the roster will eventually be cut to twelve finalists.
Don’t worry; this should have no effect on his role as a Kentucky Wildcat. In fact, going up against grown men in training camp can only be a positive for Sacha, who appeared in only 15 games last season. In addition to a game against Greece on Aug. 18, Britain will also play in two tournaments in Greece and Poland, as well as one friendly in Tel Aviv against Israel. From there, the squad will head to Istanbul for FIBA EuroBasket 2017, where it will face Belgium, Turkey, Latvia, Serbia and Russia in Group D, starting on September 1.
Could Sacha become the only player to play for two U.K.s?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 5:00pm
Well, friends, we did it. It’s Friday at 5 p.m., which means that for most of us, the work week is over and it’s time to get our weekend on. Before I peel myself off my office chair for the first time since Monday morning, I thought I’d share some leftovers that have been floating around.
Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland
The biggest sports news of the day is that Kyrie Irving reportedly wants out of Cleveland. ESPN is reporting that last week, Irving met with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and requested a trade because he doesn’t want to play alongside LeBron James anymore. Whoa. As you might expect, LeBron was reportedly “blindsided” by the news and disappointed, per ESPN’s sources.
Where is Kyrie headed? Per Chris Haynes, he told the Cavs his four preferred landing spots were New York, Miami, San Antonio, and Minnesota. Even though Kyrie’s a Dukie, that would make the Timberwolves a contender, so I’m all in.
Kent Bulle tied for 10th at The British Open
Bulle was on the course early this morning, which turned out to be a blessing as conditions at the Royal Birkdale deteriorated throughout the day. Bulle shot a 72 in round two, which takes him to even. He’s now tied for 10th, and will certainly make the cut. Former Cat JB Holmes isn’t far behind, tied for 35th at +3.
The 13-year-old UK offered last week just picked up another SEC offer
Remember Keyaunta Goodwin, the 6-6 350 lbs. 13-year-old UK offered last week? Georgia just offered him today as well. If you can’t tell, he’s the big one:
— Dave Lackford (@RivalsDave) July 21, 2017
He also likes pancakes?
— Kiyaunta Goodwin (@K_Goodwin2022) July 19, 2017
Here are some more highlights from Zion Williamson’s game today
As you can see, Calipari had a front row seat. Speaking of recruiting…
Darius Garland will announce his top six in one hour
UK offered the 2018 point guard last weekend, and barring a disaster, the Cats should make his top six, which will drop around 6 p.m. While Kentucky is still prioritizing Immanuel Quickley at point guard in 2018, Calipari has clearly proved he’s not afraid to have multiple point guards on his roster.
Malik Monk is coming back to Kentucky
Monk will be back in the Bluegrass to help out with the Big Blue Basketball ProCamp next week, and while in town, he’s doing a mini autograph tour. Here’s where you can see Monk next weekend:
Have a great weekend, folks. I’ll see you bright and early Monday morning.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 4:15pm
Your 2017-18 University of Kentucky Wildcats have been hard at work this summer, and UK just released a photo gallery by the wonderful Chet White to show fans how they’ve embraced the grind. Check out a few of the 39 pictures yourself, and then take a breather; just looking at them made me tired.
The football team wants to show off their work too:
Feel free to weigh in on which team looks more fit in the comments.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 3:29pm
Yesterday, I shared video and pictures of Skal Labissiere’s first trip back to Haiti in seven years, and today, we have some footage that is even more moving to pass along. As you know, Skal was trapped in the debris of the Haiti earthquake for over three hours until his father and others could dig him out. While visiting his old stomping grounds in Port-au-Prince today, Skal ran into one of the men who helped find him in the debris, and the video of their reunion is pretty special:
It was hugs and handshakes all around for Skal when he visited his old stomping grounds 💜 pic.twitter.com/mXHf9Zbs4y
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 21, 2017
Here’s another video from @SacramentoKings of Skal touring his old neighborhood before arriving at his basketball camp, Camp S.K.A.L.:
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 20, 2017
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 3:00pm
There wasn’t a lot of news from today’s Greater Louisville Alumni Luncheon, but there was an encouraging update on Bryant Koback, the freshman running back who sat out spring practice and summer workouts with a broken leg. Per Jen Smith, Eddie Gran told reporters that Koback is back to 100% and will be read to go for fall camp next week.
With Koback in the mix, Kentucky has seven running backs on the roster this fall: sophomore Benny Snell, junior Sihiem King, redshirt freshman AJ Rose, senior William Mahone, redshirt freshman Zach Johnson, redshirt freshman Harold Turks, and Koback, a true freshman. Obviously, Snell (186 carries for 1,091 yards and 13 TDs) is listed first on the depth chart, followed by King (11 carries for 81 yards and 1 TD) OR AJ Rose.
Can Koback steal some playing time from the top three? It worked for Benny Snell last year. Here are his highlights from last season:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 2:30pm
…Okay, just kidding. But, Freddie’s entry into the #MatchThatBBN contest is hilarious. Watch below as Freddie reads the SEC media’s predictions for Kentucky’s season and gets so mad he tosses them in the trash can.
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) July 20, 2017
You may think a shot like that would be a gimme, but Freddie, a former quarterback, managed to mess it up once or twice:
Want to show off your skills? Send your best trick shot video to @UKSportsNetwork on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #MatchThatBBN. First place gets a $500 McDonald’s Arch Card and a $100 Fan Outfitters gift card. For more details, click here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 1:45pm
The day the UK Football coaches take over KSR has become one of the most anticipated shows of the year, and Lamar Thomas and Vince Marrow hit it out of the park again today. The two brought in some of their fellow staff members to talk about UK’s offseason workouts, talked volleyball with UK volleyball coach Craig Skinner, told stories, and shared the most famous people in their contact lists. Coach Marrow definitely won that game; he’s got billionaire Warren Buffett’s phone number. Buffett’s net worth? A cool $73.8 billion.
Mark Stoops even called in to give the two grief over hosting the show when they should be breaking down film at the training center. For a special treat, tune in to hear him around the 23-minute mark in Hour 1:
Here’s hour 2, which includes Thomas’ spot on impression of Marrow:
Want to hear more from the Big Dawg? Call the UK Ticket Office, where he’s manning the phones for the next few hours. UK’s making a hard push to get past 40,000 season tickets sold, and if they hit that mark, they’ll invite a section of the stadium to play Season Ticket Yahtzee at each home game this season. What did you get if you roll a Yahtzee? Free season tickets for the 2018 season. That, my friends, is worth the investment. So, give the Big Dawg a call and thank him for coming on KSR:
— UK Ticket Office (@UKTix) July 21, 2017
We’re entering the final stretch of the #MattIsGoneTour. Here’s the schedule for next week:
July 24: Seth Greenberg
July 25: Ramel “Smooth” Bradley
July 26: TBD
July 27: Guest Hosts
July 28: KSR Crew
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 21st, 2017 @ 12:45pm
It’s yet another big weekend on the recruiting trail, and John Calipari is starting things off by watching Zion Williamson play in the HoopSeen Best of the South event in Emerson, Georgia.
After proving he’s one of the can’t-miss-on players in the 2018 class at the adidas Gauntlet Finale last week, Williamson turned heads once again last night in a much-anticipated matchup with Emmitt Williams. Williamson finished with 37 points and 7 rebounds, looking every bit the freak of nature we’ve come to know via his YouTube mixtapes. If you haven’t yet, I really encourage you to listen to Nick and Jack break down Zion’s game on their recruiting podcast, which was released yesterday. Jack gave the best description I’ve heard of Zion’s freakish build and athleticism I’ve heard yet. They also go into detail on the potential Zion/Immanuel Quickley package deal, which is very good news for Kentucky.
Here are Zion’s highlights from last night:
And one from today:
— HoopSeen (@hoopseen) July 21, 2017
With Cal watching, Zion put up 32 points this afternoon. What will he do next?