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Everybody laugh at Kentucky. They’re the worst preseason No. 1 in… over 30 years. And they thought they were going undefeated.
The Kentucky Wildcats have a problem. No, not losing to Robert Morris – their exclusion from the NCAA Tournament by those damn liberal socialists already harpooned their morale. The problem is, in regular basketball circles, usually draped in positivity. They have too many good players. Or, at least, players worthy of playing time.
No. 25 Kentucky was dealt a swift blow Tuesday night, and it wasn’t just their 69-52 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Florida. Star freshman Nerlens Noel went down, way down, with an ugly leg injury. Watch what made John Calipari “physically sick.”
Say what you want about John Calipari’s recruiting practices, but there is no question that he is a great coach – to mesh a brand new team each season is extremely difficult, and to do it with consistent success is quite impressive. But great coaches come with a side of crazy, and Calipari and his control issues are no exception. Oh, and his heart monitors too.
Anthony Davis was an emergency addition to USA Basketball’s national team when Blake Griffin went down with a knee injury, but he acquitted himself well in a warmup game against the Dominican Republic last night. And he even got to trash-talk his former coach while he was at it.
The web roundup for Wednesday, April 4th, 2012. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. See anything that should be on SportsGrid? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our starting five, after the jump.
A few days ago, Charles Barkley said the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats could “maybe” beat Kentucky. That remark was just one part of an ongoing argument many are having about whether NBA-talent-filled Kentucky could beat a particularly bad NBA team. Anf that argument’s going to keep going, even when John Calipari himself shoots it down.
It’s Kentucky coach John Calipari’s 53rd birthday, and he reacted to his ever-advancing age the way so many do: by making a funny. Calipari’s had to do with the checkered pasts of teams he’s coached. The line: “Two years were vacated, so I am really 51.” Only John Calipari could come up with a line like that and only have people love him more for it. (Photo via)
Former Louisville Guard Edgar Sosa Breaks Leg In FIBA Americas Tournament (WARNING: DISTURBING VIDEO)
Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa suffered a gruesome injury late in the Dominican Republic’s blowout win Monday morning against Panama in the FIBA Americas tournament — an injury so horrifying, his coach (Kentucky’s John Calipari) had to cover his face. Video after the cut, but be warned — it’s disturbing.