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For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 2:53 am
 
Posted by Royce Young



LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't a coincidence that DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe all sat within arm's length of each other during media availability following their Rookie Challenge practice. The three have been separated for a few months, but if just for a weekend, it's like the good old days in Lexington.

"It's great for us to all be on the floor again together," John Wall said. "It's probably for the last time too unless something happens in the future with some trades or something. So it's cool."

The Kentucky supertrio all went separate ways with Wall staying east with the Wizards, with Cousins and Bledsoe stretching out west to Sacramento and Los Angeles.

It was a historic draft night for the Wildcats, with the three players all going in the first round. Wall was taken first overall, Cousins fifth and Bledsoe 18th.

Their rookie seasons have all been similar, but in different ways. All three are on struggling teams that are working to rebuild. All three have had some serious ups and down. Wall has battled some injuries, Bledsoe is getting used to playing as a backup behind Baron Davis and Cousins, well, he's had his own stuff to deal with.

Cousins has had a few incidents early in the season but caught a lot of attention with a locker room scuffle with teammate Donte Greene. But for the 20 minutes he sat next to Bledsoe and Wall, he looked to be right at home. He actually ignored questions at times because he was too busy messing with Bledsoe. When one photographer wanted a picture of Bledsoe and Cousins together, Cousins grabbed his former Wildcat teammate and pulled him over. Never mind that Bledsoe was in the middle of answering a question.

I talked to Cousins following the Kings loss in Oklahoma City which was his first game back after being ruled inactive because of the locker room incident. Of course the Kings had just lost, but Cousins overall mood was night and day different sitting next to Wall and Bledsoe. Whatever it is, you just can't substitute that camaraderie developed playing for a school. 

The three have been together so far the entire stay in Los Angeles, Bledsoe said. They try and stay in touch as much as possible, but it's been a challenge because, you know, they're busy. Bledsoe said they still communicate with John Calipari some, exchanging texts here and there. But for the most part, the three have been separated by the NBA.

They were prepared for it because when they all joined up for that one season in Kentucky, they had this vision. They knew they'd get one crack at playing together before they all went on to try bigger and better things. But a serious bond was formed for the three as they wound their way through the SEC and made a good run in the NCAA tournament. And to be back again, sitting together answering questions, even if just for a little while, was nice.

"It's a great memory," Bledsoe said. "Everybody's reminiscing. Just coming in and seeing how each other's doing, telling old jokes. It's been pretty fun."

Comments

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:30 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

OK. UK still sucks!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO  Bring Back Tubby, at least he could win a championship!  Cheats will never win again, while Crook-a-pare is in the house!!!!  Didn't we hit the most magical shot in NCAA tourney history to beat UK? Ummm... yeah I think we did...Repeat!!! Nerd-fest in Cameron? Atleast we are Educated!!  The only reason UK is even showed on TV is because of Ashley Judd being in the crowd! How much does a ticket cost to see UK play? right!!! I don't think Coach K has ever left his school ??? Umass, Memphis, .... no questions about coach K like coach Crook. (only took me 2 seconds, so sorry you stayed up all night to right your two paragraphs above though ... hope you are resting now :)  Top players are all coming to Duke or the big east and who do you play???? who is on your team??? UNC And Duke are way better than UK in what ever sport you want to talk crap about .... bring it on Pop Music ... We are hardcore and rock and roll'' woo woo Go on with Michael Jackson and your bad self!!  We are Real Blue, Thanks!



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:28 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

elevendouble...do you honestly think anyone gives two craps about what or whom you respect?...and when you listen to Wall, Cousins, and Bledsoe talk, pay particular attention to the sound of that cash-register ringing in the background.... those three could write a check for your entire family tree (in Creedmore that would probably include at least 7-8 trailerpark residents) But to be fair, I can understand why you hate Kentucky....Because we are "It" to most high-school all stars....Showtime, 7 NCAA banners, over 2000 wins, sell-out crowds everywhere we go, 24,000 in Rupp every home game.....winningest program in the history of the sport. We are to NCAA basketball what Beatles were to pop music. There is Kentucky basketball, then there is everything else. We are what Duke and UNC want to be when they grow up, and for the record, Cal has exactly the same number of NCAA infractions as Coach K (ZERO).....look it up goober. "Crook-a-parie"??? God that was lame.....probably stayed up all night cranking that one out. We just love making fun of the Nerdfest at Cameron Indoor Stadium. A bunch of wimpy, face-painted, arrogant, smug bobbleheads........I'm sure their parents back in Bombay and Beijing are very proud of them. Most of them know a lot more about cricket and polo than they do basketball......

So hate us all you want......we'll keep recruiting the top players in the country, you keep bitching about it.....that's fine with us......and even though we might lose a few more games from season to season than is expected from such an array of talent, we will always be the biggest thing in NCAA sports.........The Big Blue Nation dwarfs anything your feeble mind can come up with.......



Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:47 am
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

Wow ... What a Racist you are??  "Sure they did go one and done, but you're saying you wouldn't have?  Your family has no money, going to college doesn't help those financial problems either, and on top of that you find out if you just go professional you'll make more than a couple million dollars in contracts and sponsorships?  "  Your family has no money, umm not true at all and sounds very much like you are making an ignorant assumption aren't you?  You know what they say about assuming sportfan?  haha  It's funny how these kids familes have no money but they drive Range Rovers and Hummers in highschool. And not just them but their whole families. 

I hate the arrogance those kids had and for no good reason, theirs attitudes bring the game down. I hate UK ... Hate Crook-a-parie because he is a cheat and no good!  They all went to UK to try to be this Championship team and they still lost, because Teams win Championship's Not individuals (why Boston beats Miami all the time)  I have respect for the kids that make it 4 years in collge ... Don't come to school for one year and know you are only coming for one year and then leave your school and fans.  Very selfish.  I have respect for kids that can talk right because they went to school and graduated, listen to cousin's wall and bledsoe talk WOW.

Amazing Rookies Waaa waaa waa ...  



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:01 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

Your a dicknose from creepmore are'nt you? 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:45 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

WVU didn't as much beat Kentucky...... as Kentucky beat Kentucky. If Kentucky hadn't suffered a once-in-a-season drought from three-point land (4-32), which was a very freakish an statistically improbably event, you would have been sent back to Trailerpark Heaven......if we play you 50 times, we win 46 of them......you know that, I know that......



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:36 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

Isn't everyone at the all-star game with former college teammates "reliving the good old days"?



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:53 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

And that was all directed at elevendouble.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:52 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

I honestly don't understand your hate at all for them, but your trolling is quite irrelevant because they're doing quite amazing things in the NBA as only rookies.
John Wall, barring his injuries, is averaging a near double-double, and Damarcus Cousins is playing like a beast since he's gotten minutes.  And Eric Bledsoe, when he was starting earlier in the season, was playin tremendous and is now playing a Ty Lawson-esque role for the Clippers (not as talented or as skilled as Lawson) as a role player.  
Sure they did go one and done, but you're saying you wouldn't have?  Your family has no money, going to college doesn't help those financial problems either, and on top of that you find out if you just go professional you'll make more than a couple million dollars in contracts and sponsorships?  The way the NBA Draft is now, is all about potential and age; the younger the better.  



Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:19 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

Exactly!  With an easily called exit in the tournament ... could see it coming from miles away!  How can you be a super trio if you don't win anything?

One and Done! Bet Kentucky Fans loved them ... all over-rated, early exits, and being coached by Crook-a-parie!  What a trio, coach and team!  Oh and none of them doing anything in the NBA ... guess you got to go to school where you can get accepted? haha



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:05 pm
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

The picture of Cousins, Walls and Bledsoe that sticks in my mind is their final time in uniform together, when they were walking off the court after being waxed like a cheap floor by West Virginia. 


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