Saturday, September 20, 2014

More on Rex Chapman's Shoplifting Arrest in Arizona

Here is more on Rex Chapman's shoplifting arrest from ABC 15 news in Arizona:

DeAndre Liggins Will Not Be With the Clippers in Training Camp

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins will not be in training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers after all according to this report:

Earlier this month, it was reported by Shams Charania of that Liggins had received a camp invite from the Clippers.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Former UK Star Rex Chapman Arrested for Alleged Shoplifting Theft at an Apple Store

Former University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than $14,000 worth of merchandise from the Apple Store in Scottsdale, Arizona.

According to police, Chapman was identified by multiple employees based on his previous celebrity status as an NBA player.

Here is a release from the city of Scottsdale, Arizona:

In August 2014, employees from the Apple Store at 15169 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale, reported a series of shoplifting events involving the same suspect over the course of the previous few months. The suspect, Rex Chapman, was originally identified by multiple employees based on his previous celebrity status as an NBA basketball player.

Chapman is alleged to have picked up items in the store and made it appear that he was paying for the items through the store's self-checkout (via iPhone app). He would then leave the store without actually paying for the items. He allegedly took the items to a local pawn shop and sold the items for cash.

There are seven incidents of theft reported to Scottsdale PD that detectives believe Chapman is responsible for. Total estimated loss is over $14,000.

Scottsdale Police Property Crimes Detectives furthered the investigation to a point where they developed probable cause to arrest Mr. Chapman for Organized Retail Theft and related crimes.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. today, detectives from the Scottsdale Police Department arrested Mr. Chapman after stopping his car in northeast Scottsdale.

Chapman is facing nine counts of Organized Retail Theft and five counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property, all felonies.

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Courier Journal Prints Controversial Picture of 'Baby John Calipari' on Front Page of Sports Section

The Courier Journal is receiving criticism this morning after printing a controversial picture of John Calipari's head on a baby's body in today's paper.

The picture was placed with a catchy headline that reads "IT'S WHINY AT THE TOP, TOO."

The newspaper has been getting hammered this morning by Kentucky fans on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Courier Journal writers have distanced themselves from the photo:

I feel bad for Kyle Tucker and Tim Sullivan. They are both great at what they do and were basically thrown under the bus by whoever made the decision to post this image in the paper.

Knott Central's Evan Hall Commits to IUPUI

Knott Central big man Evan Hall has committed to IUPUI.

Hall chose IUPUI over Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky and Morehead State.

Morehead State Dunk Fail Guy Embraces National Attention, Hopes for a Web Redemption on Tosh.O

Earlier this week, I passed along a video of a shirtless Morehead State student taking a nasty tumble on a failed dunk attempt in front of a large crowd of students.

The video of Conner Pack has gone viral at this point. He's been on national sites such as The Big Lead and Sports Pickle. The video was shown and discussed on ESPN...twice.

In fact, the video, which was filmed and posted on Vine by Conner's good friend Austin Burke, has well over five million views at this point.

I tracked Conner and Austin down this week to get their take on the video, the failed dunk, life since the fall and much more.

Here is Conner talking about the dunk, his level of embarrassment, life since the dunk and his hopes of landing a web redemption on national television:

What made you decide to try the shirtless dunk? Had you completed that drunk before?

I saw someone do it on TV and thought it would be really funny. The goal was to make people laugh. I didn't miss one in warm ups but at that point I still had my shirt on.

What went wrong?

I threw the oop a little too far and ended up under the goal when I took off.

Were you physically injured in any way?

I had some head trauma and internal bleeding. Just kidding! I actually didn't end up with any sort of serious injury. I did hit my head pretty hard and it was swollen for about two days, but it all turned out to be alright.

Can you describe the level of embarrassment you felt after the fall?

I wasn't embarrassed at all, I actually just started laughing hysterically.

What has life been like since the fall? Do other students recognize you as the dunk fail guy?

Life hasn't changed at all really and yes, a lot of people around campus notice me as the 'dunk guy'.

Are you teased about it?

They can't tease me. I was on Sportsnation, so I automatically win that argument.

Did it surprise you that the video went so viral?

It didn't surprise me one bit that it went viral. My buddy has the vine hook-ups, so I was confident it would be seen.

You have been on national sites and even national television at this point. How does it feel to be known across the nation as the 'dunk fail guy'? Are you embarrassed or have you embraced your fame at this point?

I love being the 'dunk fail guy' because I have been on two different ESPN shows and all across the web. I definitely have embraced it and love being able to laugh at myself (on TV).

If given the opportunity, would you attempt the dunk again?

I would only attempt it again on Tosh.O, but I do have something planned for next year's dunk contest haha.

Any advice for other dunkers?

My advice to other dunkers is to not get rim stuffed and land on your head. Do that every time, and I think you'll at least be more successful than I was, even though I was on TV.

I'd say that is solid advice. Thanks for the interview!

Here are Austin's comments on the dunk and his viral video:

Austin, you captured the video. How many views are you up to now?

My video just recently passed 5 million loops, which is right up there with my most viewed vines ever.

Can you believe it has been viewed that many times?

My intentions were to get this video popular on Vine but I never imagined that it would spread to other social medias as rapidly as it did. I've never had a video that has taken off like this one before.

What did you say to Conner after the fall? I'm sure you were concerned at first but did you have some fun with him afterwards?

I was actually really concerned at first. I was expecting to take him to the hospital because of the hit. But he is the kind of guy that shakes things off very easily, and he did just that with this hit. I've seen him take harder hits. Afterwards, it was all about messing with him. He had the entire Rec Center on their hands and knees and it's probably the funniest thing I've ever seen.

Do others still make fun of him?

No one has really made fun of him. He is the kind of guy that is always making other people laugh so this is something that is expected out of him. If it wasn't Conner, then I am sure there would have been more negative comments made. This just suited him so well because he's always cracking people up.

Was he ok with you posting the video?

He was all for the video being posted. I had it up on Instagram and it got a lot of attention. I was a little concerned whether or not I should put it on Vine, just because I have over 100 thousand followers, and I was curious if he wanted that much attention. But he told me that he wanted it big so that's what I tried my best to do for him.

Do you think he'll live this down? I mean, 20 years from now, will he still be the dunk fail guy from Morehead State?

Honestly, I think we will still be discussing this 20 years in the future. This turned out to be so huge all around campus, and the fact that it was on ESPN has made it something that we will never forget. He will forever be known as the "greatest" dunker Morehead has ever seen. Conner is indeed a Morehead State legend.

Thanks Austin!

Make sure you give Conner and Austin a follow on Twitter. You can also follow Austin on Vine at "Austin Burke."

2015 Star Antonio Blakeney to Have In-Home Visit with Kentucky

Antonio Blakeney, one of the top shooting guards in the Class of 2015, will have an in-home visit with Kentucky next week.

According to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader:

Blakeney, who ranks No. 13 overall on the list for 2015, decommitted from Louisville earlier this week.

Louisville is no longer recruiting Blakeney:


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Josh Harrellson Headed to China for 2014-15?

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson is apparently headed to China for the upcoming season.

Harrellson was waived by the Detroit Pistons in July.

James "Beetle" Bolden Suffers Serious Knee Injury (UPDATED)

Holmes star James "Beetle" Bolden has apparently suffered a serious knee injury. I was told by a source tonight that he injured his knee.

Bardstown star Eljay Cowherd posted this on Twitter and Instagram.

Prayers going up for Beetle on a quick and full recovery.

UPDATE: According to Ryan Roberts Rivals, the injuries are not as serious as originally thought and Bolden will likely only miss six weeks of basketball.

Former UPIKE Forward Shane Burrell is Headed to Spain

Former University of Pikeville forward Shane Burrell has agreed to terms with Alza Basket Azuqueca in Spain's mid-level EBA league.

Burrell played last season for Ittihad in Libya's D1 league.

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Alza Basket Azuqueca (EBA) agreed terms with 26-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) power forward Shane Burrell (203-114kg-88, college: Pikeville). He played last season at Ittihad in Libyan D1 league. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the cup final. Burrell has played also professionally in Mozambique (Fer.Beira).

He attended Pikeville College until 2012 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

Georgia Tech Set to Hire Former Marshall Coach Tom Herrion

I am told by a good source that Georgia Tech is about to hire former Marshall University head coach Tom Herrion as an assistant.

The news was first reported last night by Jeff Borzello of

In four seasons at the helm of Marshall, Herrion had a 67-67 record. He resigned in March.

Georgia Tech Uses LeBron James in Sales Pitch to 2015 Star Jaylen Brown

College coaches are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to land 2015 star Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 small forward at Wheeler (Ga.) High School.

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory even incorporated NBA star LeBron James into his sales pitch to Brown.

Here is an excerpt from

And Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had a creative recruiting pitch that related to the world’s best basketball player, LeBron James.

“Coach Gregory expressed to him the importance of staying home, and he talked about how it affected LeBron,” Brown’s AAU coach, Desmond Eastmond, told the AJC on Wednesday night.

“(Gregory) reminded Jaylen that when LeBron decided to come back to Cleveland, one of the first things he said is that he never should’ve left because the importance of him staying within the community that raised him. He mentioned how LeBron talked about how the support system raised him and meant so much to him.

“Coach Gregory’s message was very, very powerful.”

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Brown, who ranks No. 2 overall on the list for 2015, had an in-home visit from Kentucky last week.


Check out Brown's new mixtape:

Anthony Davis Makes an Appearance in New NBA 2K15 Commerical Featuring James Harden

Watch as former Kentucky star Anthony Davis makes an appearance in this new NBA 2K15 commercial featuring James Harden and The Beard Guru:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jim Boeheim Says Wojnarowski Article Was Off Base, Takes a Shot at John Calipari

Syracuse head coach and  Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim has responded publicly to the Adrian Wojnarowski article from earlier this week.

Boeheim called the article off base and threw a few jabs at John Calipari to prove his point.

Here is an excerpt:

Boeheim said Kentucky coach John Calipari has complained to both him and USA Basketball about the extra access.

Boeheim noted that Calipari coached the Dominican team and happened to land Karl Towns, a top 2015 prospect who played on that team. Boeheim said Calipari has agreed to coach the United States Pan-American team next year.

“It’s a concern he has raised before,” Boeheim said. “That particular case he has mentioned. He’s said he thinks its an advantage. He got the No. 1 recruit in the country. It’s a little bit disingenuous of him. I like John. We get along fine. He feels Mike is getting an advantage. You could make that argument. But Duke isn’t getting any better players than they ever have.”

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Kentucky Fans Raid the Big Blue Madness Campground

Kentucky fans are out in numbers for this year's Big Blue Madness campout. Here is some footage from Kentucky Wildcats TV:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Air Force to Visit Lexington Catholic's Tanner Johnson Today

Coaches from Air Force will stop by Lexington Catholic today to see Tanner Johnson:

Shirtless Dunk Attempt Turns Into an Epic Fail at Morehead State

I feel bad for this kid but this is a must watch video.

Watch as the dunker goes shirtless, then dunkless in the biggest fail you'll watch this month...or year:


Jerry Meyer Says He Has Solid Info on Involvement of Shoe Companies in Antonio Blakeney's Recruitment

Almost immediately after news of Antonio Blakeney's decommitment from Louisville, Jerry Meyer of 247Sports said on Twitter that the move was "shoe company related."

Louisville, of course, is an Adidas school. The other four schools on Blakeney's list, including Kentucky, are Nike schools.

Today, Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal spoke to Blakeney's coach, who said shoe companies had nothing to do with his decommitment.

Meyer responded with this:

2015 Star Antonio Blakeney Expected to Visit Kentucky and Several Others

Antonio Blakeney, who just decommitted from Louisville last night, is expected to visit Kentucky and several other schools before making his final college decision.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Oak Ridge (FL), committed to Louisville two weeks ago. Last night, he opened his recruitment back up, saying he wanted to explore other schools on his list.

According to 247Sports, he'll visit Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and Oregon with his remaining four visits.

Here is an excerpt:

A source very close to Blakeney's recruitment has informed 247Sports that Blakeney intends to officially visit Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and Oregon with his remaining four visits.

The source also said that Louisville is still Blakeney's top choice at this moment. The better question, however, is whether or not Louisville will recruit Blakeney again.

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Blakeney ranks No. 13 overall on the list for 2015 and No. 15 overall on the 247Sports list.


Game Date Changed for Georgetown College vs. Kentucky

The date for Georgetown College's exhibition game at Kentucky has been changed to November 9 in Rupp Arena.

The game, which was originally scheduled for November 7, will tip at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here is an update from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky-Georgetown College men’s basketball exhibition game, initially slated for Nov. 7, will now be played Sunday, Nov. 9 in Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on the SEC Network.

In addition to the new date for the UK-Georgetown contest, Kentucky’s Nov. 2 exhibition opener against the University of Pikeville has been scheduled for 7 p.m. That contest will also air on the SEC Network.

Kentucky and Georgetown last met in an exhibition game to begin the 2005-06 season. The Wildcats prevailed by an 85-63 score. Kentucky and Pikeville have met twice before in exhibition play, with the Wildcats claiming victories in both appearances. UK is 51-4 all-time in exhibition contests and has won 37 of the last 38 played.

UK’s annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 27 will tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be carried online through the SEC Network+ digital platform and WatchESPN.

EKU Lands Commitment from 2015 Forward Nick Mayo

Nick Mayo, a 6-foot-7 forward from Maine, has committed to Eastern Kentucky University for 2015.

Mayo also had offers from Maine, UNH, Albany, Vermont and Miami(OH).

Parking Information for Big Blue Madness Ticket Distribution at UK

Here is parking information for fans who plan to take part in the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution at UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — As lines for Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin later this week, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services reminds the community of the parking options available to Big Blue Madness ticket seekers.

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may use the Wildcat Alumni Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles; campers may also pay to use the metered spaces directly north of the Joe Craft Center for short-term unloading needs. Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed. After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the Black Lot, located south of Alumni Drive across from Commonwealth Stadium, where free parking will be available from Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Sept. 20.

Free bus service will be available to transport fans back to the Memorial Coliseum vicinity. Lextran buses serve the Commonwealth Stadium area from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow Night Route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand Service may be utilized by calling 859-221-RIDE (7433). For more information on bus routes and service, please visit Riders can view real-time location of all CATS buses at or with the free Transloc app. Riders can view the actual location of Lextran buses with the MyStop Mobile iPhone app or at

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open overnight; however, no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Earl Clark Agrees to Training Camp Deal with the Memphis Grizzlies

Former University of Louisville star Earl Clark is hoping to keep his NBA career alive with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Clark has agreed to a training camp deal with the Grizzlies:

Former KSU Star Kenny Jones Signs with the Saint John Mill Rats in NBL Canada

Former Kentucky State University star Kenny Jones has signed with the Saint John Mill Rats in the National Basketball League of Canada.

Last season, Jones played for Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba in Argentina's TNA league. In 41 games, he averaged 19.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

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Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American power forward Kenny Jones (198-93kg-84, college: Kentucky State). It is actually his comeback to Saint John Mill Rats as he played here before. Jones played most recently at Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba in Argentinian TNA league. In 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg last season. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was awarded All-Argentinian TNA Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and All-Argentinian TNA Import player of the Year.

The previous (2013) summer Jones played at Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 32 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 25.5ppg and had 8.4rpg and 1.8apg in 2013 season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Mexican CIBACOPA All-Star Game. The most of previous (12-13) season he spent at Saint John Mill Rats. In 17 NBL Canada games he was third best scorer with high stats: 22.6ppg and recorded 8.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in 2012-13 season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to All-NBL Canada 2nd Team. Jones also played at CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (LIBCENTRO) in Chilean league that season. In only one game he recorded high stats: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 2012-13 season.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Five-Star 2015 Shooting Guard Antonio Blakeney Decommits from Louisville

Antonio Blakeney, a five-star shooting guard who committed to Louisville just 11 days ago, has apparently reopened his recruitment.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, ranks No. 13 overall on the list for 2015.

According to Blakeney, he's still considering Louisville:

Of course, just last week Blakeney said he was ready for Rick Pitino to add a few more championship tattoos.


Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports Puts Coach K and USA Basketball on Blast

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has put Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball on blast in an article released last night.

Wojnarowski says it's time to pull NBA veteran stars out of FIBA competition and insinuates that Team USA is currently little more than a "Duke façade."

Here is an excerpt:

Krzyzewski never violated an NCAA rule when he climbed aboard a flight, flew cross-country and addressed the 2013 under-19 USA Basketball national team at its Colorado Springs training camp. He addressed players in a group, and talked to them individually, sources told Yahoo Sports. For the record, Krzyzewski is USA Basketball's senior national coach and the visit gave him an opportunity to personally welcome those young men into the program's feeder system.

Well, the trip did something else, too: It gave the Duke coach unfiltered access to two of the best high school players in the nation. Florida's Billy Donovan was the under-19 head coach. Virginia's Tony Bennett and VCU's Shaka Smart were his assistants. They probably didn't need Krzyzewski's voice, but he probably didn't ask their permission, either.

The roster of college stars happened to include two 17-year-old prep phenoms: Chicago's Jahlil Okafor and Houston's Justise Winslow. When Krzyzewski makes his triumphant return this week, two freshmen stars will be awaiting him on Duke's campus: Okafor and Winslow.

Within the college recruiting game, no one ever considered it a coincidence when one of those younger USA Basketball national teams would detour through Vegas to watch Krzyzewski and his Duke assistants on the training camp floor with the biggest basketball stars in the world.

Without the access of USA Basketball, there's a strong belief within the basketball community that Krzyzewski would've never landed Jabari Parker. Only, he had it, used it and signed him. He's on a tremendous run, and let's face it: Krzyzewski is so untouchable, he could keep Mason Plumlee on this World Cup roster without much of an uproar.

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Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball Team Hits Lake Cumberland

The Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team hit Lake Cumberland over the weekend to take a well-deserved break from a tough week of practice.

Assistant coach Chris Starks posted several pictures on his Twitter account (click here to check out all the pics).

Looks like they had a great day on the water:

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Miami Dade Transfer Tre Boutilier

Kentucky Wesleyan College has added Tre Boutilier, a 6-foot-5 transfer guard from Miami Dade (JUCO) College, for 2014-15.

Boutilier averaged 10.7 points last season at Miami Dade. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Here is a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — Miami Dade's Tre Boutilier has transferred to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his final two years of eligibility, as announced by KWC head men's basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Boutilier, a 6-foot-5, 200 pound guard/forward from North Preston, Nova Scotia, earned All-Southern Conference first-team honors as the leading rebounder with 8.9 per contest for the Sharks as a sophomore.. He also finished 18th in the nation (JuCO) in offensive rebounds.

The junior-to-be scored a fourth-best 10.7 points and led the team in blocks with 12. He handed out 33 assists and collected 35 steals. His shooting percentages were 40.2 percent from the field and 48.3 percent from the free throw line.

Boutilier started 16 of 30 games played in helping the team to a 21-9 record and the Region VIII quarterfinals for coach Stephen Cowherd.

"Tre's a very versatile athlete who will play on the wings and inside," Osborne stated. "His strength is his offensive rebounding ability and his intensity and resolve on the court."

He played his freshman season at Division II Emporia State where he averaged 4.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 14.4 minutes in 21 games. He shot 40.4 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point territory and 35.0 percent from the free throw line.

Boutilier received All-Canadian recognition at Father Henry Carr High School. He averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals as a senior in 2011-12 for coach Paul Melnick.

UMASS and Vermont Visit Brad Calipari

Former Lexington Christian Academy point guard Brad Calipari spoke with coaches from UMASS and Vermont over the weekend.

Calipari, who is now in the Class of 2016, has transferred to The MacDuffie School in Massachusetts.

Video: Karl Towns Dunking at John Calipari Fantasy Experience Camp

Check out this video of Kentucky freshman Karl Towns doing an array of dunks at John Calipari Fantasy Experience camp:

Lexington Christian's Matt Rose Commits to Samford

Matt Rose, a 6-foot-6 guard at Lexington Christian Academy, announced over the weekend that he has committed to Samford.

Samford is coached by former University of Kentucky star Scott Padgett.

John Wall to Wear Florida Gators Onesie to Practice

Former Kentucky star John Wall lost a bet last season to Washington Wizards teammate Bradley Beal.

Beal, who played a Florida, and Wall bet on a game last season between the Wildcats and Gators. Florida won the game.

As a result, Wall will have to wear a Florida Gators onesie on the first day of practice for the Wizards.

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See, Wall lost a bet with teammate Bradley Beal over a game between Kentucky and Florida last spring. Kentucky didn't come through and the stakes were that Wall had to wear a Gators onesie, basically an adult jumpsuit that isn't very becoming of a 24-year-old NBA All-Star. It never happened, though Wall said it wasn't because of a lack of effort to find one.

"It's getting made," Wall said as a guest on CSN's SportsTalk Live on Friday night. "It's taking forever to get a onesie made in my size. I'm always paying up on my bets."

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

John Calipari is in San Francisco Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is on the West coast tonight. He is at the 49ers' game right now:

Former Wildcats, Faried Earn World Cup Gold Medals with Team USA

Team USA was never seriously challenged as they rolled through the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, which ended with a 129-92 demolition of Serbia in today's gold medal game.

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Kenneth Faried were all key players for Team USA throughout the tournament. says the real story of the gold medal game was Cousins but Davis or Faried might have been Team USA's MVP during the event:

The real story of the gold medal game, though, should be DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins -- who despite what coach Mike Krzyzewski has said, was rumored to be in danger of being cut for Mason Plumlee -- came in with Anthony Davis in foul trouble and made a huge impact. He protected the rim, disrupted all sorts of shots, crashed the glass and controlled the game. He also walked away from every brush-up and conflict, never overreacting to fouls. The DeMarcus Cousins the Kings get in camp looks to be wildly different than the knucklehead they've dealt with. If this experience sticks with Cousins, look out.

But the real MVP was probably either Davis or Kenneth Faried. Faried, who wasn't even expected to make the team, even in his own mind admittedly, was a major difference-maker. His energy was infectious, his defense was better than it's ever been in NBA play, his attitude was inspiring. Davis, on the other hand, looked like the best player in the tournament for long stretches.

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Cousins posted this picture on Instagram:

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