Friday, September 20, 2013

DeAndre Liggins Formally Arraigned on Numerous Felony Charges

Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins has turned himself into authorities on domestic violence charges.

According to

NBA star DeAndre Liggins just surrendered after being charged with beating his girlfriend and throwing an Xbox at her.

Liggins allegedly ran into the bedroom he shared with his GF in Oklahoma City ... then grabbed her by the hair, pulling her out of the bed.  Then, for bad measure, he allegedly punched her 11 to 12 times and then hurled an Xbox and a box fan at her head -- striking her.  He then allegedly held her at bay.

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Here is more from the Herald-Leader:

Former Oklahoma City Thunder player DeAndre Liggins has been formally arraigned on numerous felony domestic violence charges.

Defense attorney Tony Coleman says not guilty pleas were entered on Liggins' behalf in Oklahoma County District Court on Friday.

Liggins faces two counts of kidnapping, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor and one count of violating a protective order. Liggins is free on bond. Complete Article

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2014 PG Hunter Ware Planning Official Visit to WKU in October

According to, 2014 point guard Hunter Ware plans to take an official visit to Western Kentucky University on October 26.

hoopseen Hunter Ware tells that he has an official visit set with Western KY for 10/26. Working on visit date w/ LIU Brooklyn

Ware is a 6-foot-1 point guard at North Cobb Christian (Ga.).

Kentucky Will Watch Cordia's Malik Hines Today

According to head coach Rodrick Rhodes, coaches from the University of Kentucky will be in town to watch Cordia big man Malik Hines today.

Rhodes added that Ohio State will be checking Hines out next Friday.

Hines is a 6-foot-8 power forward who moved to Kentucky over the summer.

Future 150 ranked Hines No. 2 overall in the state of Mississippi and No. 73 nationally in the Class of 2014.

Eloy Vargas Highlights from FIBA Americas Championship

Check out these highlights of former UK big man Eloy Vargas in action for the Dominican Republic national team at the FIBA Americas Championship:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quentin Goodin Visits the University of Kentucky

Taylor County star Quentin Goodin, one of the top point guard prospects in Kentucky's class of 2016, made an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky today.

Here is a picture from the trip of Goodin with John Calipari:

ChrisGoodin2 Very fun trip!

"Full House" of UK Coaches Watch Devin Booker in Open Gym

Kentucky and Michigan both had coaches at Moss Point (MS) High School yesterday to watch 2014 star Devin Booker.

According to Jason Jordan of USA Today, Kentucky brought a "full house" of coaches to watch Booker in open gym:

JayJayUSATODAY #Michigan's John Beilein and asst Bacari Alexander were at Moss Point today watching 2014 SG Devin Booker (@DevinBook).

JayJayUSATODAY Devin Booker (@DevinBook) tells me that #Kentucky brought "a full house" (All the coaches) to Moss Point for his open gym today. #BBN

Georgetown College Adds Former Player Matt Walls to Coaching Staff

Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs has added former Tigers' player Matt Walls to his coaching staff for 2013-14.

Here is a release from GC:

A familiar face is back at Georgetown College and on the men's basketball side lines. Matt Walls returns home as an assistant for third-year coach Chris Briggs.

"This was something I couldn't pass up," said the Scott County native. "Getting to be back home, being around family and friends, and this is basically where I grew up. I was ball boy back in the day. I played here. Georgetown is in my blood.

"My family is extremely glad to have me back, and I get to wake up and do what I love to do. Not many can say that."

The former Tiger and Scott County High School Cardinal standout spent one year on the sidelines at Campbellsville University while he was working on his masters. He has a few classes to finish up with that, and it was no easy decision, but home won out.

"It was tough, but this was hard to beat," Walls said of being a GC Tiger again. "Campbellsville treated me right, and I have a lot of respect for all their coaches. I learned a lot, but I couldn't pass this up."

He will be helping out with the full gamut of responsibilities from recruiting to scouting and individual workouts.

"When Coach (Briggs) and I were talking about things, I told him I'll do whatever he needs me to do," Walls said. "He is the boss and I'm here to help out however I can."

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

John Wall Races Olympic Gold Medalist Aries Merritt

Watch as former Kentucky star John Wall has a race (and actually hangs) against Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt:

Georgetown College Celebrates 2013 National Title with Ring Ceremony

The Georgetown College men's basketball team recently celebrated their 2013 national championship with a ring ceremony.

The 1998 Tigers' national title team presented the 2013 team with championship rings.

Here is a release from GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball team celebrated their 2013 national title this past Thursday with the ring ceremony. Each player, coach and manager received a ring for all the hard work and dedication in making that exciting run at the national tournament this past March in Kansas City, Mo.
Presenting the 2013 team with their rings was the 1998 Georgetown College men's basketball national championship team.

"It was a great night for Tiger Basketball. It was so nice to take an evening and celebrate such an amazing accomplishment by our wonderful group of players," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "It was very special for so many of our alumni that helped build this great tradition to be a part of the ceremony. It gave me chills to see the members of the '98 team take pride in passing out the rings to our team. And it certainly makes our players now want to work even harder to try to earn another."

It was an opportunity for the team to relish another time in the accomplishments and the fruits of labor that start in September. Along with the national title, GC brought home numerous individual honors.

Vic Moses came to Georgetown as a true freshman with a goal of winning a national championship. His potential was evident early as he was named All-American his freshman season, a trend that would continue all four years he played. In the2013 national tournament, the Lexington native averaged a double-double and for his efforts was the clear choice for NAIA Player of the Year. He was also all-tournament.

Monty Wilson hit the biggest shot of the season; oddly enough the second was probably his coming out party at University of Pikeville which also served as a game winner. With time winding down in the semifinals, the junior stepped back off a screen by Moses and drained a three to propel the Tigers into the finals. He was named tournament MVP.

Briggs became the youngest coach to ever be recognized as a Coach of the Year. In just his second season at the helm of the Tigers, he guided this team to a 28-8 record and five wins in six days for the title.

1998 Team Members

David Shee, Will Carlton, Barry Bowman, KC Goodin, Todd Cox, Rick Ward, Billy Ray Fawns, LaVar Tolley, Anthony Holt, Michael McCray, Rob Ogden, Happy Osborne, Steve Payne, Keith Griesser, Chris Wilhite, Jason Mays and Dewayne Vaught

2013 Team Members

Vic Moses, Garel Craig, Allan Thomas, Monty Wilson, Russ Middleton, Montavious Marc, Deondre McWhorter, Corey Washburn, DJ Townsend, Bopper Stenzel, Joe Caldwell, Matt Masters, Charlie Rogers, Chris Briggs, James Jackson, Ray Valentine, Daniel Price, Hollis Giles, Anthony Adkins, Michael Porter and Chris Day

Cliff Alexander, JaQuan Lyle to Visit Several Schools Together

Top 2014 recruits Cliff Alexander and JaQuan Lyle will both Kansas and Memphis on the same dates in October.

Here is more from

JaQuan Lyle, the No. 22 rated player for the 2014 recruiting class according to ESPN’s top 100 list, de-committed from the 2013 NCAA National Champions, the Louisville Cardinals, over the summer and is currently undeclared in his college decision.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 185-pound point guard from Evansville, Ind. has official visits scheduled at University of Connecticut, Kansas University, University of Memphis and University of Arizona.

Also attending the Oct. 18 Memphis recruiting trip is fellow ESPN-rated five-star player and the No. 2 recruit on ESPN’s top 100, Cliff Alexander. The 6-foot-8-inch, 225-pound power forward from Curie High School in Chicago is scheduled to attend the same KU recruiting trip as Lyle on Oct. 4.

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Lyle, who recently de-committed from Louisville, has been hinting on Twitter that he is interested in joining forces with Alexander in college.

Pikeville Offers Fleming County's Darion Burns (UPDATED)

I am told by a good source that the University of Pikeville has extended a scholarship to Fleming County High School point guard Darion Burns.

Burns averaged 17.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Fleming County's 16th Region championship team last season.

He is currently recovering from a knee injury that is expected to keep him out of most of the coming season.

UPDATE: UPIKE had offered Burns originally several months ago. They have now confirmed to Burns that he still has an offer on the table and they are sticking with him through his injury.

Kansas Extends Offer to UK Recruit James Blackmon, Jr.

Kansas has extended a scholarship offer to 2014 Kentucky recruit James Blackmon, Jr.

JayhawkSlant #kubball has extended scholarship offer to .@JBlackmon2. Shay

Blackmon, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Marion (Ind.) High School, ranks No. 23 overall on the list for 2014.


Recruiting: Quentin Goodin, Sam Sergeant and Raekwon Long

Here are some quick recruiting notes this morning:

- According to Donald Yaste, coaches from Tennessee and Xavier will check out Scott County big man Raekwon Long today:

dyaste Tennessee and Xavier are coming to see 2016 Scott County Center Raekwon Long today I'm told. @raekwonlong @VerbalCommits

- Evan Daniels reports that Taylor County star Quentin Goodin is planning to visit practice at Kentucky tomorrow:

EvanDanielsFOX Quentin Goodin is planning to watch Kentucky practice tomorrow, per his father.

- Told by a source that Apollo High School point guard Sam Sergeant will take a visit to the University of Pikeville this week.

Rick Pitino Delivers Passionate Speech at IBEX Industry Breakfast

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino delivered the keynote speech at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference Industry Breakfast Tuesday morning.

Here are some highlights of Pitino's speech from

He then explained in detail his philosophy on life and what makes for a winning, successful person in life and business.

• Listen and respect: “Listen four times more than what you speak. The only way to know what people want is when you listen to them. Really listen to them.”

• Focus and live in the present: “You need laser-sharp focus on what you need to get things done. We can cherish the past and plan for the future, but use the present tense we live in to be extraordinary in everything you do.”

• Eliminate distractions: “It starts with smartphones and tablets and social media. Billions of hours are wasted to the trap of technology. That person on the phone is not as important as the people you’re with.”

• Avoid negativity and moodiness: “Negativity changes your mood and moodiness kills the fabric of every winner. Moody people kill a team. You should start each day in a good mood, not with the fellowship of the miserable,” he said, referring to sports talk radio, which he says he hasn’t listened to in nearly 30 years. “Be fired up and ready to go.”

• Embrace creativity, not success: “We all face challenges in life. When we face adverse conditions we have to be creative to find solutions with a positive attitude and passion. When adversity hits, you get stronger, you get better. And don’t embrace success. Get creative and try to make it better.”

• Build a winning team: “Surround yourself with people smarter than you, more passionate and energetic than you,” he said, noting that 27 of his assistant coaches went on to be head coaches, including six as NBA head coaches.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Former UPIKE Star Trevor Setty Signs First Pro Contract

Former University of Pikeville star Trevor Setty will begin his professional career in England's top-level British Basketball League.

Setty has signed with the Plymouth Raiders for 2013-14.

Here is a release from UPIKE:
The next step of Trevor Setty's circuitous basketball career is taking him to England.

The 2008 Mason County graduate and 2013 Pikeville alum signed a contract with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League on Monday, he said. "They called me today about 11 and they signed at 4," he said Monday. "Pretty much a quick thing."

Setty, 23, had to work through some passport issues -- which he anticipated, saying wryly, "Right now I'm not trying to get too hyped up about everything, just because in my life it seems
like a wrench gets thrown into every situation."

But for now, it appears all the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed, and Setty said he's hoping to depart by this weekend for a Raiders exhibition tournament.

"I'm trying to stay humble about the situation, and just preparing to go out there," he said.

Setty had planned to leave in November, but that time frame was accelerated when he got a call from Plymouth, which begins regular season action Sept. 29.

"I know that they at one point in time were one of the best in the southwest of England," Setty said of his new club. "They take care of their players. It's a really good stepping-stone to get into the ball world, and if I go over there and make an impact, I'll be able to showcase my talent as soon as I get there."

Raiders chief executive Dave Briggs declined to comment on the signing Tuesday by email, citing a desire not to tip a corresponding pending personnel move.
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Rival Coaches Try to Use Billy Kennedy's Parkinson's Disease Against Him

Gary Parrish of has discovered that rival college basketball coaches have attempted to use Billy Kennedy's Parkinson's disease against him on the recruiting trail.

I know college basketball recruiting can be a dirty business but don't be that coach.

Here is an excerpt:

Alex Robinson has been a desirable prospect for several years and a priority for Texas A&M since at least the summer of 2012. Other coaches knew this, of course, because coaches know everything. And though most in the profession frown upon negative recruiting -- and almost all would tell you that they'd never use the fact that Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy is battling Parkinson's disease against him -- the truth is that that's not true.

Coaches absolutely use it against Kennedy.

Alex Robinson told me as much on Tuesday afternoon.

"They actually did [use Kennedy's Parkinson's diagnosis against Texas A&M]," Robinson told me by phone a few minutes after the top-50 prospect committed to Texas A&M just 48 hours following a weekend visit. "But I just kinda brushed it off like, 'Hey, that's part of recruiting. [The other coaches are just] trying to get me to their school.'"

No doubt, that's all the other coaches were trying to do.

But isn't that deplorable and shameful?

Isn't that just the worst?

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Stanley Johnson Posts Interesting Tweet About Kelly Oubre

As Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports pointed out earlier, Kentucky recruit Stanley Johnson made an interesting post on his Twitter account:

jerrymeyer247 Interesting tweet from Stanley Johnson. RT @StanMan_41: If @K_Ctmd22 commits to UK it just betters the situation just making it clear

Johnson is referencing 2014 recruit Kelly Oubre, who some feel is trying to choose between Kentucky and Kansas.

Kevin Ware is Dunking the Basketball Again

Check out this footage of Louisville's Kevin Ware dunking the basketball again - amazing considering his horrific leg break in the NCAA Tournament:

Schedule for First Annual G.J. Smith Showcase at South Laurel High School

The first annual G.J. Smith Showcase will be held at South Laurel High School on November 30.

The preseason showcase will feature several noteworthy games and some high level teams.

Here's a look at the schedule:

12:30 - Corbin vs. Boyd County

2:00 – East Jessamine vs. Jackson County

3:30 – Southwestern vs. Montgomery County

5:00 – North Laurel vs. Madison Central

6:30 – South Laurel vs. Rowan County

8:00 – Knott Central vs. Henry Clay

Austin Rentfrow Lands First Scholarship Offer from Bellarmine University

Marshall County big man Austin Rentfrow has picked up his first official scholarship offer from Bellarmine University.

The Knights offered Rentfrow during his visit Monday.

He broke the news on Twitter:

rentfrow22 Got my first scholarship today!

Brennan: Kentucky and Louisville Both Have a Lot to Prove in 2013-14

According to Eamonn Brennan of, Kentucky and Louisville both have a lot to prove during the 2013-14 college basketball season.

The Wildcats top Brennan's list of teams with the most to prove and the Cardinals come in at No. 10.

Here are excerpts:

1. Kentucky: There may be a lonely faction out there in the Internet hinterlands who would assume this argument is about John Calipari. Sorry, but no: Calipari has nothing to prove. Yeah, Robert Morris in the NIT, I know, I know, but come on: We're not even two full years removed from Kentucky's national title. Remember that? When Calipari got the top two picks in the NBA draft to happily settle for the fourth- and fifth-highest percentage of their team's shots en route to a 38-2 championship season? You remember that, right? Clearly, Calipari can mesh a class of hyper-talented freshmen with a mix of almost-equally-talented talented returners and win a national title, which is the be-all goal of Kentucky's 2013-14 campaign. That exact thing just happened!

10. Louisville: Yes, Louisville is on this list. Weird, right? I know! But hear me out. Last spring, after four months of (almost) uninterrupted dominance, the Louisville Cardinals won the national title. Soon thereafter, their best player -- arguably the country's best player, period -- announced his intentions to return to school. So did the power forward who put up 15 and 12 in the national title game. So did the swingman who made 12 of his 17 3s, and scored 42 total points, in two Final Four games. This team, by the way, is also adding a universally heralded point guard prospect and two other ESPN 100 recruits. And despite all that, this team is probably not going to start the season ranked No. 1 overall. Even worse? Their rivals, the Kentucky Wildcats, probably will. How's that for something to prove?

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Murray State to Watch 2015 Recruits Jaylin Stewart, Jordan Gaskins

Coaches from Murray State University are expected at Godby (FL) High School later today to see 2015 players Jaylin Stewart and Jordan Gaskins.

HWHoopsCentral Murray State will be in tomorrow to see 2015 Godby HS (FL) Jaylin Stewart & Jordan Gaskins.

Stewart is listed as a 6-foot-6 small forward. Gaskins is a 6-foot point guard.

Kentucky vs. Kansas for 2014 Star Kelly Oubre?

Jeff Borzello of says it is sounding like a two-horse race between Kentucky and Kansas for the services of 2014 shooting guard Kelly Oubre.

Borzello adds that he "might lean toward Kentucky" at the moment.

jeffborzello Sounding more and more like a two-horse race between Kentucky and Kansas for Kelly Oubre. At this moment, I might lean toward Kentucky.

Oubre ranks No. 12 overall on the list for 2014.


Ray Kasongo Picks Up Offer from Connecticut

Former Pikeville High School big man Ray Kasongo has picked up an offer from Connecticut.

Kasongo, an athletic 6-foot-8 power forward, announced the offer on Twitter:

RayKasongo32 Just received an offer from the University of Connecticut !!! I feel truly blessed for this amazing opportunity. #Blessed rates Kasongo as a three-star prospect in the class of 2014. He is expected to attend prep school this season.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Former Louisville Player Manuel Forrest Facing Drug Charges

Former University of Louisville men's basketball player Manuel Forrest was arrested last week after a traffic stop.

Forrest, who now serves as a coach at Rock Creek Academy in Indiana, is facing several charges including possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

Here is more from

According to the police report, Forrest was asked by officers if he had anything illegal on him during the stop and he said "no," and he gave officers consent to search his vehicle. Upon searching the car, officers said they found a small baggie containing what appeared to be crack cocaine in a cup holder and a bag of marijuana under the driver's seat.

Forrest is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving.

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EKU Releases 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule

Eastern Kentucky University and head coach Jeff Neubauer have released their men's basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.
EKU 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 8-10 Kennesaw State InvitationalNov. 8 (Fri) vs. Florida International University Kennesaw, Ga. 5 p.m.
Nov. 9 (Sat) at Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Ga. 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 (Sun) vs. Youngstown State University Kennesaw, Ga. 1 p.m.
Nov. 13 (Wed) WARREN WILSON COLLEGE Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 (Sat) HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 8 p.m.
Nov. 19 (Tue) ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 22 (Fri) BRESCIA UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 (Sat) at North Carolina State University Raleigh, N.C. TBA
Dec. 5 (Thur) at Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Va. TBA
Dec. 7 (Sat) at Longwood Farmville, Va. TBA
Dec. 14 (Sat) at University of Wisconsin Madison, Wis. TBA
Dec. 18 (Wed) NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.Dec. 29 (Sun) at IPFW Fort Wayne, Ind. 2 p.m.
Jan. 2 (Thur) at Eastern Illinois University* Charleston, Ill. TBA
Jan. 4 (Sat) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville* Edwardsville, Ill. TBA
Jan. 8 (Wed) MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.Jan. 11 (Sat) at Morehead State University* Morehead, Ky. TBAJan. 16 (Thur) BELMONT UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 (Sat) JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 (Thur) at Tennessee State University* Nashville, Tenn. 8 p.m.
Jan. 25 (Sat) at Belmont University* Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Jan. 30 (Thur) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT MARTIN* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 (Sat) SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 (Sat) MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 11 a.m.
Feb. 13 (Thur) at Tennessee Tech University* Cookeville, Tenn. TBA
Feb. 15 (Sat) at Jacksonville State* Jacksonville, Ala. TBA
Feb. 22 (Sat) at Austin Peay* Clarksville, Tenn. 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 27 (Thur) TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
March 1 (Sat) TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY* Richmond, Ky. 7 p.m.
March 5 (Wed) OVC Tournament (First Round)# Nashville, Tenn. TBAMarch 6 (Thur) OVC Tournament (Quarterfi nals)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 7 (Fri) OVC Tournament (Semifi nals)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 8 (Sat) OVC Tournament (Finals)# Nashville, Tenn. TBA
March 18-19 (Tue-Wed) NCAA Basketball Championship (First Four) TBA TBA
March 20-21 (Thur-Fri) NCAA Basketball Championship (Second Round) TBA TBA
March 22-23 (Sat-Sun) NCAA Basketball Championship (Third Round) TBA TBA

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Stanley Johnson Cuts UCLA, Kansas Off Final List

Stanley Johnson, who ranks No. 3 overall on the list for 2014, has cut Kansas and UCLA off his final list of schools.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward, posted on Twitter this morning that his list is now USC, Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon and Florida.

StanMan_41 The list is USC Arizona Kentucky Oregon Flordia


3-Star Guard JayQuan McCloud Commits to Murray State

JayQuan McCloud, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from North Chicago (Ill.), has committed to Murray State University.

McCloud is rated as a three-star prospect in the class of 2014 by

Some highlights:

Calipari Set to Visit James Blackmon, Jr. Today

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is scheduled for a visit with 2014 shooting guard James Blackmon, Jr. today.

JeffRabjohns John Calipari's visit with 2014 G James Blackmon Jr. of Marion (IN) is scheduled for Monday.

Blackmon, who ranks No. 23 overall on the list for 2014, is deciding between, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan and Michigan State.


Rajon Rondo Will Likely Miss Entire Preseason, Some Regular Season Games

Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo will likely miss the entire NBA preseason as well as some regular season game, according to

Here is an excerpt:

Shortly after Rondo's injury, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stated that Rondo would be back for the start of the season.

While there hasn't been a delay in his recovery, Rondo's timetable looks more and more like he will miss all of the preseason as well as some regular season games.

Stevens said no timetable has been set for Rondo's return, adding that he had not inquired about Rondo's return in the past couple of weeks.

During their conversations, Stevens said he got a sense that Rondo is eager to return to the floor as the C's leader during this transition period.

"He's excited about a new season, a new situation," Stevens said. "He seems to be excited. Every time we've talked, it's been a really engaging conversation."

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