Basketball

Is producing draft picks more important than winning national titles?

05/22/2015 08:41 PM

LEXINGTON — In the immortal words of Al Davis, “Just win, baby.” That’s the main concern of most coaches at any level of athletic competition — but apparently not at the University of Kentucky. UK head coach John Calipari created some national buzz on Wednesday during his acceptance speech of the Alltech Humanitarian Award at Rupp Arena when he said the primary goal at Kentucky last season was not to win another national title but rather to help produce a record eight... Read more 

Ones to watch on 2015-16 basketball roster

05/22/2015 01:47 PM

Expectations are high for the incoming Cats as Coach John Calipari works to shape a team with as much promise as the one that went down in history books 38-1. So what is the status of the 2015-16 roster as it stands today? The Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker runs us through the names he says are ones to watch next season.  Read more 

UK releases star-studded non-conference lineup for 2015-16

05/21/2015 09:00 PM

LEXINGTON — John Calipari is still putting the finishing touches on the roster for the 2015-16 season, but UK fans learned today who the team will be facing in the non-conference portion of the schedule, and when those games will be. The Wildcats’ 13-game slate features 10 games against teams who advanced to the postseason a season ago, including reigning national champion Duke in the third game of the season at the Champions Classic in Chicago on Nov. 17. In total,... Read more 

Good fit or bad fit? Willie Cauley-Stein in Sacramento

05/20/2015 07:01 PM

Following last night’s NBA Draft Lottery, a whole host of guesses as to where each prospect will land hit the internet. DraftExpress.com, arguably the most reliable mock draft, has Willie Cauley-Stein joining DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento. How good of a fit is it? And is Boogie fit to mentor a young project like Cauley-Stein? KSTV discussed.  Read more 

Good or bad fit? Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota

05/20/2015 05:42 PM

NEW YORK CITY — For the first time in over a decade, the worst team had the best results at the NBA Lottery. The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the regular season but won big in the Big Apple on Tuesday night when the ping pong balls awarded them the top pick in the NBA Draft. It’s the first time Minnesota has won the lottery in franchise history. The Wolves entered the night with the best odds of winning at 25%,... Read more 

Timberwolves win NBA Draft Lottery, chance to pick Towns

05/19/2015 09:33 PM

NEW YORK CITY — For the first time since 2004, the team with the best odds won the NBA Draft Lottery. The ping pong balls went the way of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the in the league this past season at 16-66 and a 25% chance of landing the top overall pick on Tuesday night. Orlando was the last worst team to win the lottery in 2004. Cleveland also did it just one year before in... Read more 

Tuesday's NBA Lottery could reunite Towns with hometown Knicks

05/19/2015 06:40 PM

NEW YORK CITY — In just under an hour, ping pong balls will decide the winner of the NBA Draft Lottery and the rights to select this year’s top player. Right now, that player appears to be Karl-Anthony Towns, and with a little luck, he could end up playing for his hometown team. DraftExpress.com currently projects UK’s freshman All-American to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, just ahead of Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the best shot... Read more 

Calipari shuts down talk of NBA jobs

05/19/2015 02:00 PM

It’s become something of an annual tradition in Kentucky. Each summer, an NBA team with a coaching vacancy is linked by a report to UK coach John Calipari and billed as THE job that will finally lure him away from Lexington. Today, it was the New Orleans Pelicans, who feature two former Calipari players in Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. And, as quickly as the story broke, the Wildcat coach shut it down. In a press release, Calipari... Read more 

Is Willie Cauley-Stein worth $100 million? Larry Bird thinks so

05/18/2015 08:03 PM

CHICAGO — Willie Cauley-Stein is one of four Wildcats who are projected lottery picks for the upcoming NBA Draft, but could he eventually become a $100 million player? NBA legend Larry Bird seems to think so. According to Cauley-Stein, he interviewed for the Hall of Famer and current president of the Indiana Pacers at the NBA Combine in Chicago last week, where Bird told him, “I think you’re a $100 million player.“

 Currently, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat is the only... Read more 

After NBA Combine, Booker & Lyles look pro-ready

05/18/2015 05:03 PM

CHICAGO — The NBA Combine can be a make-or-break opportunity for many pro prospects, and several former Cats passed this year’s tests with flying colors. Kentucky will have a well-noted seven players available for this year’s NBA Draft, and after last week’s drills and interviews in the Windy City, four of the them hold lottery projections. DraftExpress.com already had Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 1) and Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 6) listed among the top 14 picks, but Devin Booker (No. 12) and Trey... Read more 

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