Marty Brown of “America’s Got Talent Fame” will be performing August 2, 2014 at the Logan County Fair. Here is the tweet he sent out announcing the show.
— Marty Brown (@martybrownusa) July 27, 2014
Pelicans Re-Sign Darius Miller
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has re-signed free agent forward and University of Kentucky stand out Darius Miller. Terms of the contract have yet to be release.
Darius was the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and averaged 4.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season. Miller helped Kentucky get their 8th National Title in 2012 with a win over Kansas. Click here to order your copy of the Official 2012 DVD.
Eric Lindsey is reporting for the site, here are a few of the gems. Click here for the massive report from Cal and Lindsey.
- My favorite matchup to watch in when the Cats went to a two-on-two drill was Towns vs. Dakari Johnson. Towns, without question, is one of the most all-around talented big guys Calipari has had at UK in his five seasons at Kentucky. But, like all freshmen, there’s a learning curve, and Towns was in for a bit of a lesson against an experienced Johnson. As assistant coach Kenny Payne tried to throw him the ball the top of the key – where Towns can play, I might add – Johnson fronted him and didn’t let him get around his frame. When Towns tried to fake him out with a couple of moves, Johnson didn’t budge and just leaned on him. Calipari eventually stopped play and told Towns that those moves that worked in high school won’t work in college before showing him how to get his leg around Johnson and then bump off. Once Towns got the ball in his hands, he was difficult to stop.
- Marcus Lee isn’t just a pogo stick anymore. He also appears to have worked on his jumper. No joke, in the shooting drill I alluded to earlier, Lee hit more shots than anyone I watched. Now let’s remember it was just one drill in just one practice, but can you imagine what type of player Lee could be if he forced other teams to step out and guard him? Yikes!
- If Derek Willis is going to make a serious impact this season, it looks like his versatility and not just his shot-making ability could come into play. In Monday’s practice, he guarded Aaron Harrison, Booker, Poythress and Lee, four very different plays. The added muscle he’s put on in the offseason in addition to the length he already had gives him the ability to guard twos, three and fours.
- As Calipari huddled up the team, he had a familiar refrain for this time of the year: Play fast, think slow. “I know you’re playing fast and out of control. I know that. I can always pull you back. I’m trying to get you to play fast, yet not in a hurry. … Your feet are flying but your mind isn’t moving like your feet. Your feet are flying but your mind is still thinking.”
Do yourself a favor and get over to CoachCal.com and check out this extensive report compiled by Eric Lindsey.
Nerlens hasn’t played a regular season game yet, but, NBA.com thinks he’s on par for being the best rookie in the league.
Noel made just one appearance in Las Vegas and instead mostly rested the left knee coming off surgery. But between here and Orlando, he controlled the paint by blocking shots and forcing penetrators to change plans on others, and rebounded.”
Here’s what the rest of the top 10 looks like:
1. Nerlens Noel, 76ers
2. Doug McDermott, Bulls.
3. Jabari Parker, Bucks.
4. Elfrid Payton, Magic.
5. James Ennis, Heat.
6. Jordan Adams, Grizzlies.
7. Julius Randle, Lakers.
8. Gary Harris, Nuggets.
9. Dante Exum, Jazz.
10. Jordan McRae, 76ers.
Click here to see the rest of the breakdown.
Liggins Turning Heads With His Summer League Defense
Liggins has had a rocky road during his life on and off the court. You can’t help but root for a guy that seems to always give effort despite his battles. Slam Magazine recently did a fantastic article documented much of the battles DeAndre Liggins has had in his life. He continues to play hard and hopefully his tenacity will help another NBA squad this season. Here are some quotes from that article:
“If you’re not that type of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins or [Eric] Bledsoe, you just gotta be willing to do whatever it takes to get better,” Liggins recentlytold SNY.tv. Calipari became the first father figure in Liggins’ life following the two devastating deaths he faced at just 14 years old. “He roots for me, he loves me,” Liggins continued on about the enigmatic coach. “I love him, too.”
On the NBA:
“Improving my offense is always going to be a plus, I’m going to continue to work on that. But right now, I think every NBA team needs defensive guys,” Liggins said. “There are a lot of scorers in this League and I think every team can use a defensive guy who will do all the dirty work and do all the intangibles.”
Kevin Durant on Liggins:
“He’s a workhorse, man. I love him. He’s just quiet, comes in and does his job and plays hard every possession. You can tell he’s a guy that’s tough and has been that way his whole life. You can just tell by how he plays that he’s been working from the bottom to get to the top his whole life. People have counted him out, I’m sure, but he continues to keep beating the odds.”