Good morning, friends, and welcome to another beautiful summer day in the Bluegrass, or wherever you may reside. Plenty happening today, so let’s get right to it.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals
On Sunday night, the Milwaukee Bucks cut the Phoenix Suns’ lead to 2-1 with a 120-100 win thanks in part to 41 points and 13 rebounds from Giannis Antetokounmpo. It was a rare off night for Devin Booker, who scored only 10 points off 3-14 shooting after 58 points combined in the first two games and spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench. Booker and the Suns will look to bounce back tonight in Game 4, which tips off at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
“He gets pretty scary after [a bad game],” Suns center Deandre Ayton said of Booker. “Just knowing his mentality and knowing that games like that don’t really slow him down. We know it was just one of those games, but I know he’ll step up and as a team we’ll step up as well.”
The numbers are on Booker’s side. In the 11 games he has played this season after a game in which he shot 35% or worse from the field, he averaged 23.8 points on 44.3% shooting and the Suns went 9-2.
Team USA gets its first win vs. Argentina
The sky isn’t totally falling for Team USA. After starting exhibition play 0-2 with losses to Nigeria and Australia, the Americans got back on track with a 108-80 win over Argentina last night. Bam Adebayo started and scored the first bucket of the game en route to 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 18 minutes.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 13, 2021
Not messing around.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 13, 2021
Fellow former Cat Keldon Johnson chipped in four points and five rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. Team USA will be back in action Friday vs. Australia.
One day closer to Kofi Cockburn’s decision
What will seven-foot, 285 lbs. All-American Kofi Cockburn do? Yesterday, the Illinois big man tweeted that he’ll announce his decision this Friday. Last week, he withdrew from the NBA Draft and is currently deciding whether he’ll return to Illinois or go elsewhere, like Kentucky, for the rest of his college career. His relationship with Orlando Antigua makes the Cats a frontrunner.
“He’s the reason I went to Illinois,” Cockburn said of Antigua. “When he left along with Chin Coleman, I decided to go in the portal to leave my options open. Kentucky? It’s a serious option. Antigua is my guy. I’m going to consider them, but there a lot of schools. I wasn’t really focused on that while I was in the NBA draft. Now I can take my time and evaluate it better.”
We’ve got our ears to the ground and will bring you all the latest as we near would could be another monster addition to Kentucky’s 2021-22 roster. Speaking of the current Cats…
Kentucky Basketball goes to The Castle
With NIL upon us, Kentucky Basketball is doing its best to set its players up for success. Based on social media, it looks like the team held a photoshoot yesterday at The Kentucky Castle. Here’s Big Oscar posing with a Ferrari:
Other players shared videos and pictures from The Castle on their Instagram stories, so we’ll probably get very beautiful images and B-Roll from Chet White and the UK Sports Video crew soon.
The Peach Jam rolls on
Yesterday, the Peach Jam, aka the premier grassroots event of the summer, tipped off in North Augusta featuring several of Kentucky’s top targets. Only NBA scouts are allowed in right now, but college coaches will get their chance Friday through Sunday, meaning John Calipari and his staff will almost assuredly be courtside to watch Jalen Duren, Dereck Lively, Shaedon Sharpe, DJ Wagner, Omaha Biliew, J.J. Taylor, Mookie Cook, and many others.
You can watch all the games at home via the free live stream. Here are a few to watch this afternoon:
— 2:00 PM, Court 3/4: UPlay Canada (Shadeon Sharpe) vs. SFG
— 3:30 PM, Court 1: BABC vs. Team Final (Jalen Duren, Dereck Lively)
— 5:00 PM, Court 3/4: Drive Nation (Vincent Iwuchukwu) vs. NJ Scholars (DJ Wagner)
For more players to watch, check out Zack’s viewing guide from yesterday:
The Barbasol Championship begins tomorrow
This week, the PGA Tour is in Lexington, or rather, Keene Trace, for the Barbasol Championship. The main event doesn’t begin until tomorrow, but today, the fun starts with a Pro-Am. Our own Nick Roush is serving as a caddie, believe it or not, so if you’d like to go down and heckle him, tickets are free to the public. Drew Franklin will have a preview of the actual tournament later today.
TV Rec of the Week: The White Lotus
If you’re like me and my husband, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to television. If you’ve got HBO, check out The White Lotus, Mike White’s satire about rich people on vacation. Earlier this week, Tom Hart talked about how vacations aren’t always perfect, and this takes that to the one millionth degree. The dark comedy/whodunit stars Connie Britton (my queen), Jake Lacy, Jennifer Coolidge, and Steve Zahn. It just premiered this past Sunday, so you’ve got time to catch up.
KSR Fishermen of the Week
Nicely done, fellas.
Matthew Mitchell takes over KSR
One of our favorite guest hosts returns to the mic this morning to fill in the vacationing Matt Jones. Tune in to hear how Coach Mitchell is doing since stepping down as Kentucky Women’s Basketball coach last year, and, likely, some scolding of Ryan Lemond.