Pretty interesting write-up from MJ after observing a couple summer practices.
Predicts DL will start and calls him most improved.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
Wow. Davis/Gilchrist/Teague. Great group of players.
I am so pumped to get to see some real live Kentucky basketball tonight.
If this trip to Canada goes well, I hope they do it every year from now on.
It's an awesome way to integrate new/young players, and let's face it, we'll likely have at least 1-2 impact freshmen every year as long as Cal is coach.
I'm really disappointed that Kanter won't be playing. From all the crazy hype I've heard, I'd really like to see it.
Not only has Cal made being a UK fan better, but its making me like the NBA more. There will be tons of stars in the league to follow.
Last edited by TeamSelig; 08-15-2010 at 06:19 PM.
Did you see the World vs. US game that he played in? Pretty much owned Sullinger in that match-up who some services rated as the #1 Center in his class.
It's really not hype with Kanter. I know you weren't using the word in that way, but we usually use the word 'hype' when we don't expect the reality to match up with the word of mouth...
Kanter is legit.
Sure-fire one and doner, IMO, as long as he stays healthy.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing these stars going into the NBA from Kentucky. Especially kids like DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall who are not only NBA All-Star caliber players, but solid citizens who will be good ambassadors for the program for years to come. (Example: Cousins, Wall, and Bledsoe coming back to work Coach Cal's Rookie Camp this summer.)
Can you imagine the pick-up games they'll be having at the Craft Center over the next few years??
Imagine Wall and Rondo going at it, for instance. I really like how Cal encourages former players to work out and play pick-up in Lexington over the summer.
I bring the highlights...
YouTube - Enes Kanter 2010 Nike Hoop Summit highlights
I'm on vacation this week and visiting my grandparents in the Ashland area, so I've been watching the game.
A few thoughts from the first half:
It's been kinda sloppy, but there will be a lot more dribble drive next season. Considering they are up 8 at the half and its an extremely early exhibition game, this is a good sign.
The two players who have impressed me the most and I believe will be key players this season are Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins. I wouldn't be shocked if both players are being mentioned for the NBA after this season, especially Liggins. Both players are going to flourish in the dribble drive.
Another player to watch is Jon Hood. He could be a Jon Scheyer type of player who has the size and ability to play PG/SG/SF. He's made strides as well.
This team will not be anywhere near as talented as last years team (don't believe we will see that again for quite some time), but I believe they will play better together as a team and ultimately set a nice nucleus for the following season if enough players return. Add Davis, Teague, and Gilchrist and this team will be a national title favorite.
I should mention this is all without watching Enes Kanter, who is being held out while UK is waiting on a NCAA ruling on his eligibility.
The 2009 Cats aren't more talented than the 2010 version. More top heavy in terms of talent? Definitely. This team's talent is spread much more evenly. I do expect this team to experience more bumps and bruises along the way than the 2009 Cats because they don't have as much overpowering star power, but there is an excellent chance they'll be a tougher out than the 2009 Cats come March.
And the 2011 team should be a considerably better team than 2009. You'll have not only the top 3 players at their position coming in, you'll have veteran leaders with 3 years in the DDMO.
Brandon Knight has been the player that I have been impressed with in the second half. He has the ability to take over a game if need be. Ultimately if a game is on the line, I figure the ball will be in his hands.
Hood has had three dunks tonight as well.