Hate that ugly metal siding around Rupp Arena? Good news: it’s going away. Today, plans →
By KSR on ©July 20th, 2017 @ 12:00pm
After spending a weekend watching the nation’s top basketball recruits at the Nike Peach Jam and Adidas Gauntlet Finale, Nick Roush and Jack Pilgrim have a few stories to tell. In the 45-minute podcast, KSR’s young guns reveal where Kentucky stands with the best in the 2018 class. They also share…
— Jack’s odd encounter with a coach who was eliminated in the NCAA Tournament by UK.
— The Williamson/Quickley potential package deal and excitement around the scoop.
— Names to keep an eye on in the 2019 class.
— Bed Bug Hysteria.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 20th, 2017 @ 11:30am
We’ve seen some crazy trick shots over the years, but this one from UK Women’s Soccer coach Ian Carry may take the cake. To help kick off the UK Sports Network’s #MatchThatBBN promotion with McDonald’s, Carry rang The Bell at the UK soccer complex…with a soccer ball:
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) July 20, 2017
Not bad. Can you match that? 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. You can see more details here.
More trick shots from UK Athletics are on the way, including a masterpiece from Freddie Maggard. I got a sneak peek at the footage today, and you won’t be disappointed.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 20th, 2017 @ 10:30am
Hate that ugly metal siding around Rupp Arena? Good news: it’s going away.
Today, plans were unveiled to renovate and expand the Lexington Convention Center, which includes some big changes to Rupp Arena. A new glass or transparent entrance to Rupp will be built, which will free it from the metal siding. From the Herald-Leader:
The 2014 designs included expanding the second tier of Rupp Arena and installing a new glass outer wall. Under the plans unveiled Thursday, the top of Rupp Arena would still be visible. The current metal siding would be removed and it would get a new exterior covering. The glass or transparent covering would only go up a little more than half way. The plan would still “free Rupp Arena” so people can see it from Main Street. Currently, Rupp is only visible from High Street.
In addition, the Lexington Center hopes to replace the benches in the upper bowl of Rupp with chair backs, which will require the removal of some seats at the very top. As was announced back in December, Rupp will get four new hospitality suites, one exclusively for UK’s use. The estimated cost of the entire project is $265 million and construction is set to begin in January, with an estimated completion date of December 2020. As has been discussed ad nauseam, the Lexington Center Corporation will sell naming rights to the convention center, but NOT to Rupp.
Rupp already looks like a new arena on the inside thanks to the new ribbon boards and center-hung scoreboard. Now, it sounds like the outside is finally catching up to the times. Hallelujah.
For more details, head on over to the Herald-Leader.
UPDATE: Here are renderings of the new Rupp Arena entrance, per the Herald-Leader.
By KSR on ©July 20th, 2017 @ 10:00am
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If you’re a diehard UK Basketball fan, the John Calipari Fantasy Camp should be high atop your bucket list. The sixth annual Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience will take place from August 25-27 this year at the Joe Craft Center, and there are still a handful of spots available.
For more details, check out the flyer below and visit www.JohnCalipariExperience.com to register. You won’t regret it!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 20th, 2017 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, UK Hoops coach Matthew Mitchell takes over the mics for his annual visit. Tune in to hear him spar with Ryan Lemond, give us an update on his squad, and sing along to Kelly Clarkson. If that’s not enough for you, Mitchell is bringing on special guest STEVE SPURRIER! And yes, that sound you just heard is me geeking out all the way down here in Nashville.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
The KSR Shop and Kentucky Branded are offering their Buy More, Save More deal through Sunday! Head to ShopKSR.com to receive up to 25% OFF your entire purchase. We have a great selection of new KSR tees, KSR tumblers, hats, and other great gift items. Hurry this special sale ends Sunday. Tell your family and friends!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 20th, 2017 @ 9:00am
Where in the world is John Calipari? Washington D.C., apparently. This morning, Cal took a Twitter video from a hotel lobby, telling fans he’s headed to the Capitol to do some “special things”:
Big day ahead! pic.twitter.com/XWPh6oPQ1r
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 20, 2017
What are those special things? One of them is watching his friend Kelly Knight Craft be confirmed as the US Ambassador to Canada:
Our new ambassador to Canada. pic.twitter.com/0zBnoz5qPj
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 20, 2017
Congrats, Kelly. I’m sure Cal will post plenty more from his trip to Washington, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s today’s Top 10.
1. Last night, Cal was in Philadelphia
This is another big recruiting weekend and Cal started things off in Philadelphia at the UAA All-American Camp, where he watched 2018 big men Moses Brown and Naz Reid and 2019 stars Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. Cal has yet to extend an offer to Brown, but could soon should things not go well with UK’s primary target at center, Bol Bol.
2. Naz Reid says he wants to take an official visit to Kentucky
Adam Zagoria spoke to Reid last night, and even though the 6’9″ power forward doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, he said he’s been in touch with Tony Barbee and hopes to land one soon. He also wants to visit Lexington.
“They just definitely want me to be the best version of me,” Reid said of the Kentucky coaching staff. “If I can keep that consistent 110 [percent] battle effort, then the sky’s the limit.”
Want more recruiting talk? Check out Nick’s extensive update from last night.
3. I can’t stop watching this video of Jonny David playing “Basketball Hero”
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Back at home, the current team is hard at work in summer workouts, and I can’t stop watching this video of Jonny David playing with the “Basketball Hero” machine last night (nicknamed so because it’s like Guitar Hero). It’s oddly fascinating.
4. More #HorseWithTheCats is on the way
Yesterday, Rex Chapman squared off against PJ Washington and Quade Green for the latest installment of the #HorseWithTheCats series. KyWildcatsTV should release the final versions of the videos soon, but here’s a sneak peek from @KentuckyMBB:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 19, 2017
5. The new deal between UofL and the Yum Center will be announced today
Last night, we first got word of a new deal between the University of Louisville and the Yum Center, which should apparently loosen the stronghold the university has over the arena’s finances. Under the amended lease, UofL will pay the arena authority $2.5 million each year for debt payments. Most interestingly, the deal was apparently made behind Tom Jurich’s back in what is being called a “shift in power” from the athletics department to the president’s office. As you might imagine, that didn’t go over well:
SOURCE: Many UofL coaches enraged over Greg Postel's "shift in power" as he stiff arms Tom Jurich in Yum deal https://t.co/pNlCEbEKaS
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) July 19, 2017
Right now, the UofL Athletics Association is learning about the deal, which will then go to the Board of Trustees for approval. Should it pass, the arena authority will announce all of the details to the public. In the meantime, feel free to laugh at this:
— John Ramsey (@JohnRamseyUofL) July 19, 2017
6. Details on Rajon Rondo’s deal with the Pelicans
Word that Rondo is headed to the Pelicans broke last week, but yesterday, Shams Charania reported that Rondo’s one-year deal is worth $3.3 million. With DeMarcus Cousins set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, this is a make it or break it year for the Pels. Will Rondo help or hurt?
7. I love this interview with UK’s 13-year-old football recruit
Over the weekend, you may have seen the picture of the 13-year-old 6-6 350 lbs. football recruit at one of UK’s camps. KSTV caught up with him, and it turns out he’s probably the most likable 13-year-old ever.
— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) July 17, 2017
Speaking of KSTV, major congrats to TJ Beisner and his son, Tyler. Tyler, a wide receiver at North Oldham High School, just got an offer to walk on at UK in 2018. Simply awesome. If you don’t know Tyler’s story, I suggest you take some time and read this today.
8. The Open begins
The British Open (aka The Open) begins today at the Royal Birkdale and action is already underway. You can watch live on the Golf Channel and see all of the tee times here, but the only thing you really need to know is Kent Bulle tees off at 10:54 a.m. alongside Haotong Li and Haydn McCullen. His cheering section is ready:
Go get ’em, Kent!
9. Interested in sponsoring one of KSR’s UK Football photo galleries?
KSR’s 2017 UK Football Photo Gallery packages are now on sale. We have mini season, full season, and title sponsorship options. Don’t miss your chance to have your business featured alongside the work of our award-winning photographer, Dr. Michael Huang. Email email@example.com for more package info.
10. Today on KSR: Matthew Mitchell
Cue up the Kelly Clarkson! One of our favorite guest hosts takes over the mics in one hour.
By Nick Roush on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 11:00pm
Each year the live recruiting period provides more clarity as to where Kentucky stands with players in its upcoming recruiting class. After spending a weekend watching and talking to recruits on the Nike and Adidas circuit, I have some bad news, some good news and a few other nuggets of information. First, the bad news.
It’s Not Looking Good
Power Forward | 6-11 | 200 lbs.
Phoenix, AZ | Sierra Canyon
AAU: Phoenix Phamily
|ESPN||No. 1 | 1 PF||Top247||No. 1 | 1 PF|
|Rivals||No. 1 | 1 PF||Scout||No. 1 | 1 PF|
Before the Peach Jam, two Rivals recruiting analysts predicted the nation’s top-ranked player would eventually become a Kentucky Wildcat. After his second game at the Peach Jam, Bagley said he’ll “eventually get to Kentucky,” but he did not mean that in a good way.
The 6’11” athlete that does it all will visit Duke this week. Now the most likely East Coast destination for the West Coast kid, the word on the street is that Bagley could reclassify to play college basketball this year. He should do it. He’s wasting his time playing high school basketball. I just hope it’s USC, not Duke.
If Bagley doesn’t reclassify to 2017, Kentucky will still be in the mix, but I would not get my hopes up.
Shooting Guard| 6-5 | 190 lbs.
New Albany, IN | New Albany High School
AAU: 22 Vision
|ESPN||No. 3 | 1 SG||Top247||No. 3 | 1 SG|
|Rivals||No. 3 | — SG||Scout||No. 3 | 1 SG|
Langford’s recruitment has been the most entertaining since Patrick Patterson/Jai Lucas. Living in the middle of UK/IU/UofL country, the country’s top-ranked wing from New Albany, Indiana has created a buzz the area hasn’t seen in years. Now everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows sumthin’ bout (h/t Trick Daddy).
Amidst all of the buzz there were two schools that stood out early in the process: Duke and Kentucky, with the Blue Devils receiving a slight edge. Now, neither school is a serious contender, especially Duke. After a game at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in Spartanburg, Langford said he is no longer communicating with Duke.
The Duke vacancy isn’t an opportunity for Calipari. Even though many believed coaching Team USA in Egypt would be nothing but a positive for Coach Cal, that’s not the case with Langford. Even if he wasn’t limited by back spasms, Langford still wasn’t going to be a star for that team, forced to take a backseat to another UK recruit.
Langford’s recruitment will be a circus for the next nine months. His recent, sudden change could reverse course later in the process, but it’s doubtful to turn toward UK following his Team USA experience. Indiana and Texas were two prominent names to watch, two places where Langford can be the show.
UK is the Team to Beat
Small Forward | 6-8 | 196 lbs.
Norristown, PA | Westtown
AAU: Team Final
|ESPN||No. 4 | 1 SF||Top247||No. 4 | 2 SF|
|Rivals||No. 5 | 2 SF||Scout||No. 4 | 1 SF|
Reddish is the reason Langford will most likely not play college basketball in Lexington. A 6’8” forward with elite guard skills, Reddish received the starting two-spot for Team USA instead of Langford. Even if he didn’t directly take Langford’s place, the way Calipari played Reddish all but convinced Langford he can’t play with Cam.
This is not necessarily bad news. If Langford isn’t scoring, there’s not much else he can do to contribute. Reddish can do just about anything and everything at any given moment on a basketball court. His three-point shot has improved, but if it’s not falling he can get easy buckets in the post. Defensively, Reddish is a physical presence and an excellent rebounder.
Intitially perceived as a Duke-lean, Reddish told Kyle Tucker the Blue Devils are “absolutely not” his leader. Cal’s Team USA experience will help get Reddish to UK. For another recruit, that experience helped even more.
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Team BBC
|ESPN||No. 14 | 2 PG||Top247||No. 16 | 5 PG|
|Rivals||No. 15 | 4 PG||Scout||No. 10 | 3 PG|
The point guard has not committed to Kentucky, but everybody already considers Quickley a Wildcat. There are still some people in his ear trying to convince him to stay home to play for Maryland, but that’s highly doubtful. Quickley doesn’t just speak positively about his experience with Calipari, he provides glowing reviews and discusses the importance of working with him over the summer.
Even though I’d seen Quickley in action for Team USA, he was even more impressive in Spartanburg, playing off just one day of rest in the last month. An excellent passer with an improved shot, Quickley’s skills will be valuable to Kentucky, but maybe not as valuable as his ability to bring other elite recruits into the fold. Just like Quade Green in 2017, Quickley’s skill-set and personality will attract some of the best in the nation to UK.
Forward | 6-7 | 220 lbs.
Spartanburg, SC | Spartanburg
AAU: SC Supreme
|ESPN||No. 2 | 2 PF||Top247||No. 1 | 1 SF|
|Rivals||No. 2 | 1 SF||Scout||No. 2 | 2 PF|
The previous two players are certainly close to committing to Kentucky. Zion is not close to making a decision, but Kentucky does appear to be in much better shape, thanks to Quickley.
“Me and Immanuel are good friends,” Williamson said. “We bonded over the Adidas Path and I just love the way he plays point guard. That’s the type of point guard I want to play with.”
They don’t make big guys as explosive as Zion is. Truly a marvel to watch, his highlights don’t do it justice. I could write 1,300 words about him (like Jack did here) but it still doesn’t encapsulate his presence on and off the court.
A Spartanburg native, he brought crowds that are abnormal for AAU events. Those crowds will try to convince him to stay home and play for Frank Martin at South Carolina. After the Gamecocks’ Final Four run, it’s possible. He’s also the kind of kid that would stay home.
We will not know Zion’s destination for a long time, but Kentucky is in a better place now than they’ve ever been before.
There’s a Long Way to Go
Power Forward/Center | 7-3 | 225 lbs.
Santa Ana, CA | Mater Dei
AAU: Cal Supreme
|ESPN||No. 41 | 13 PF||Top247||No. 5 | 2 PF|
|Rivals||No. 7 | 3 PF||Scout||No. 13 | 3 C|
Bol is a beast that can help you quickly forget the Cats are seemingly out of the picture for Marvin Bagley. A 7’3” guy with elite offensive skills (even a jump shot that can extend beyond the three-point line), it’s unbelievable that he didn’t make the cut for Team USA. Bol did not sound too terribly upset that he did not make the team, but Kenny Payne made sure Bol knew immediately after the cut that he should have made the team.
Even though many recruiting analysts are hearing he will stay on the West Coast, Calipari is in a good position. Coach Cal will continue to build that relationship throughout the year until Bol makes a decision next spring.
Point Guard | 6-4 | 175 lbs.
The Woodlands, TX | College Park
AAU: Basketball University
|ESPN||No. 14 | 2 PG||Top247||No. 8 | 1 PG|
|Rivals||No. 12 | 3 PG||Scout||No. 24 | 6 PG|
Considered one of the top point guards in the class, he’s not really a point guard, he’s a shooting guard. The one time I watched Grimes play, he scored 30 and made threes from all over the floor.
A guy that could complement Immanuel Quickley well on the wing, Kentucky likes their position with Grimes, even though the 247 Crystal Ball currently predicts Grimes will end up at Kansas.
Point Guard | 6-2 | 170 lbs.
Brentwood, TN | Brentwood Academy
AAU: St. Louis Eagles
|ESPN||No. 11 | 1 PG||Top247||No. 10 | 2 PG|
|Rivals||No. 12 | —||Scout||No. 8 | 2 PG|
The Cats held off on extending a scholarship offer to the nation’s top-ranked point guard until this weekend. Reading between the lines, the move was probably because of the situation with Romeo Langford. Long seen as a Duke-lean, it’ll be interesting to see if Kentucky gets any traction following the offer.
Center | 7-1 | 210 lbs.
Briarwood, NY | Archbishop Malloy
AAU: New Heights
|ESPN||No. 6 | 2 C||Top247||No. 25 | 2 C|
|Rivals||No. 7 | —||Scout||No. 6 | 2 C|
Calipari has watched the nation’s top-ranked center (Bol and Bagley are considered forwards) multiple times on the Under Armour circuit, including tonight, however, he has yet to extend a scholarship offer to Brown. The Cats might not lose a ton of talent in the post after next season. Brown will likely be UK’s next option if things do not go well with Bol.
Small Forward | 6-6 | 205 lbs.
Columbus, NJ | Hudson Catholic
AAU: Team Final
|ESPN||No. 16 | 2 SF||Top247||No. 14 | 3 SF|
|Rivals||No. 16 | —||Scout||No. 12 | 3 SF|
One of the wings on Team USA and Cam Reddish’s AAU teammate, King has not been shy about his intentions: he wants a scholarship offer from Kentucky. King believes he did enough in Egypt to earn one, but Cal still has not pulled the trigger. If he does, it would not take King long to do the same and commit to Kentucky.
By Savannah Patton on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 10:30pm
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Did Pitino get another tattoo? https://t.co/AaHKWW5zYd
— TBG (@ThatBoysGood) July 19, 2017
Looks like something he would do.
#9 Len Combs
— Len Combs (@lencombs) July 19, 2017
He’s the most honest ref in town.
#8 Robert Hill
— Robert Hill (@bluegrassguy) July 19, 2017
Brady? Really? Come on guys.
#7 Keith Upchurch
— Keith Upchurch (@keithup) July 19, 2017
Keep it up Keith!
#6 Madi Karsner
— Madi Karsner (@mkarsner) July 19, 2017
— Lisa (@Lisa4UK) July 19, 2017
Ryan has been doing GREAT!
#4 Wes Ledford
— Wes Ledford (@wesledford) July 19, 2017
That’s a story that never gets old.
#3 Chad Middleton
— Chad Middleton (@chadbbn1) July 19, 2017
I’m so jealous of all these vacation tweets you guys keep bringing in.
#2 Eric Grimm
— Eric Grimm (@grimm3) July 19, 2017
I want to live on this road.
#1 Jonas Larkin
— Jonas Larkin (@jonaslarkin) July 18, 2017
But yet, they do not.
By Nick Roush on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
It seems like just yesterday Freddie and I were watching media members trip over this lovely Wi-Fi-filled pole in Hoover for SEC Media Days. It was actually a week ago today that Kentucky took the big stage.
After covering the hot topics and taking a little basketball recruiting trip, I’ve accumulated some of the things that fell through the cracks from your Kentucky Wildcats, along with a few other football notes.
1. Edwards is Helping West Get Back on the Field
Kentucky safety Darius West has had bad injury luck. He missed the 2014 season with a “lower leg” injury and the 2016 season after injuring his patella tendon in a preseason scrimmage. The guy who lines up next to him is excited to play next to him again.
“Having him back is a big help.” Mike Edwards said they’ve spent almost every day with each other off the field. Some times Darius asked simple questions like, “How was it out there?” Other times it was a much more detailed film session. Now that Darius has gotten over the physical hurdles of the injury, Edwards believes he’ll be better than ever.
“He took it pretty bad when he hurt it. That’s normal, but he’s progressing pretty well,” Edwards said in the grand ballroom at SEC Media Days. “I feel like he’s a better player now actually.”
2. Vince Marrow Explains the CFB Playoff Bracket
To all the haters, Vince Marrow has a few words for you, from KSTV.
— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) July 19, 2017
3. Stephen Johnson has Come a LONG Way
And I’m not even talking about his play on the football field. A kid that grew up with Tourette’s spent a day answering questions while surrounded by cameras.
“It is really a blessing. It’s divine how it’s all come about,” Johnson said. “Where I started at and where I’m at sitting in this seat right now with a bunch of cameras on me. Growing up, I really couldn’t expect this. I dreamed of it all the time, but didn’t expect this. I’m really happy with how things are going right now.”
Johnson’s game against Louisville will always be remembered by Kentucky fans, but what he’s done off the field is even more impressive.
4. KSR’s Favorite SEC East Projection
Even though the entire conglomeration of media picked UK to finish fifth in the SEC East, a guy who watches more football film than Freddie Maggard picked the Cats third.
Don’t forget; Cole Cubelic will be sharing more wisdom like this one week from today on KSR.
5. Jonesin’ for Love
I regret to inform you that I cannot apologize for the terrible play on words to describe UK’s starting inside linebackers. Courtney Love and Jordan Jones are both from Youngstown, but the two personalities are polar opposites.
“I have to be kind of focused and call out the defense,” Courtney Love said. “But Jordan, he just goes.”
That quote says a lot about Love. A composed leader, he probably wanted to say something along the lines of, ‘He’s a wild card…he has a few screws loose…that boy’s crazy.’ Instead, Love refrained and gave praise to his partner in crime. If it holds true, which I have no reason to doubt, fans are going to ‘Love’ what they see on Saturdays this fall.
“He’s a phenomenal player. Probably one of the best players I’ve ever played next to and I can’t wait to see what he has next year. He has a lot more left in the tank. It’s going to be crazy.”
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By Nick Roush on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball coach/singer/dancer/Dad is back for another exciting edition of Kentucky Sports Radio tomorrow morning.
Matthew Mitchell’s annual trip to the Big Chair of KSR has a little extra spice than normal. Ryan Lemond likes to surprise the host with guests, but tomorrow Mitchell is bringing on a guest that will shock every person across the Big Blue Nation. There have been some big names on the show before, but this might be the biggest get in the history of KSR.
Make sure you have your radio dial locked in from 10:00 a.m.-noon. Don’t forget to finish UK week with a hard-hitting appearance from the “Big Dog,” Vince Marrow, Lamar Thomas and the Kentucky football coaching staff. Here’s who will fill-in during Matt’s last week of vacation:
July 24: Seth Greenberg
July 25: Ramel “Smooth” Bradley
July 26: Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network
July 27: Guest Hosts
July 28: KSR Crew
By KSR on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 8:30pm
The Commonwealth’s favorite attorney is back on Hey Kentucky! for another segment of “Ask a Lawyer.” Today Steve Romines talks about O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing, affairs between attorneys and clients and much more.
For more Hey Kentucky, click here, and watch today’s entire episode after the jump.
By Nick Roush on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Now that the live recruiting window has reopened, John Calipari has returned to the bleachers to watch some of the most talented high school basketball players in America. Adam Zagoria reports Coach Cal is spending his night in Philadelphia for the Under Armour All-American Camp.
The most notable name on the court from the 2018 class is Moses Brown. Calipari has yet to extend a scholarship offer to the nation’s top-ranked center, but he’s met with Brown on numerous occasions. Two of Cal’s top targets in the 2019 class, Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, are also on the Under Armour court.
Calipari and Tony Barbee have just a little bit of company in Philly.
Stay tuned later tonight for more recruiting scoop.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Karl Towns is just about the nicest person you will ever meet, but even he couldn’t help but throw a little good-natured trash talk at Joel Embiid. The latest version of NBA2K comes out in two months, and to drum up publicity, the creators told several of the players their rating for an upcoming commercial. For gamers like Karl Towns, this is a pretty big deal, and when he learned his rating was higher than he thought, he threw a shot at Joel “Trust the Process” Embiid.
“Really?” Karl said upon hearing his rating was 91. “I can’t wait to tell Joel [Embiid] I have nothing to complain about. I do trust the process with that one, I do trust the process.”
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What was Embiid’s rating? Eighty-six, which he said was “bullcrap” (I’m not going to lie, I find Embiid really, really entertaining):
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Devin Booker was also an 86:
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Trust the process, Devin.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 19th, 2017 @ 5:00pm
For years, the University of Louisville has benefitted from a cushy deal with the KFC Yum Center, which continues to spiral more and more into debt. Is an end finally in sight?
Wave 3 is reporting that tomorrow afternoon, UofL and the Louisville Arena Authority (which manages the Yum Center) will announce an amendment to UofL’s lease as the arena’s primary tenant. We won’t know the full details of the new deal until then, but Wave 3’s sources say UofL will have to pay $2.5 million “in cash and other givebacks” to the arena each year and that the move represents a “shift in power from the athletics department to the president’s office,” to the point that athletics director Tom Jurich may not even know all of the details himself at this point.
How lopsided has UofL’s lease with the arena become? Check out this graphic from Joe Sonka, which shows how their profits have soared since they made the deal with the Yum Center in 2010:
Terms of UofL/Yum! lease agreement aren't public yet, but issue is how much $$ UofL bball gives up. Since 2011, profits have dwarfed others: pic.twitter.com/JL6FooSUcG
— Joe Sonka 😐 (@joesonka) July 19, 2017
Meanwhile, the arena is critically in debt, to the point that officials warned that it may default on its bonds as early as 2020. In December, Jurich threatened that UofL would leave the arena should they be forced to restructure their deal.
“I’m tired of it. We’re tired of all the rhetoric. If they don’t want us, just tell us. We’ll leave. I’d love to build one on the silo site.”
By taking Jurich out of the equation, it looks like the arena — and the city of Louisville — may have finally found a solution.