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Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:40 am
 
By Matt Norlander

Because Kentucky is Kentucky, it can do extraordinary things with its basketball program. And I must say, this Kentucky Villains vs. Big Blue All-Stars charity game that's been organized is one of the better ideas UK athletics has conjured up in recent years. (And it wouldn't be possible without the stubborn, unwitting help of the NBA lockout.)

On Oct. 24, Rupp Arena is hosting -- and will likely sell out -- another exhibition game. The official announcement came Thursday evening, when former Wildcat Jeff Sheppard -- who organized the event -- announced it at a press conference. The beauty of it, the perfect touch: Christian Laettner will coach the Villains. And there is no better choice. None. Laettner's even made a promo video, wherein he clearly has to check the teleprompter when stating his name. Totally a Burgundy move.



Rex Chapman, who played at Kentucky from 1986-88, will coach Kentucky's side. Enes Kanter is definitely playing, and that's the greatest aspect of this for so many Kentucky fans. Finally, Kanter gets a game in Rupp. Rajon Rondo, Tayshaun Prince and John Wall are believed to be playing, and as for the Villains side, Joakim Noah is not locked in, but Kentucky fans definitely want him involved.

Sheppard said the rosters are trying to get finalized as soon as possible, but he tossed out these names as strong possibilities:

Villains:
  • Nolan Smith 
  • Terrence Williams
  • Kenneth Faried
  • Rudy Gay 
  • Eric Gordon
  • Zach Randolph
  • Tyler Hansbrough
  • Shelvin Mack
Big Blue All-Stars:
  • John Wall
  • Tayshaun Prince
  • Enes Kanter
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Nazr Mohammed
  • Keith Bogans
  • Jodie Meeks
  • Chuck Hayes
  • DeMarcus Cousins
Mohammed recently organized a workout with UK's team and the Oklahoma City Thunder, which he plays for. Rondo and the Celtics were also in Lexington this past week. The possibility for a true all-star affair seems likely.

The star of this night is going to be Laettner, though. He's got such a hold on UK fans' hearts, in the worst way, that this is all so brilliant. The beautiful irony that stems out of this: Because of his participation, Laettner will be more beloved in the state than he ever thought he'd could be.

You want more information? A website's been built in honor of this exhibition. BigBLueAllStars.com. You'll find a schedule and merchandise -- yes, merchandise -- for the game, including "I STILL HATE LAETTNER" T-shirts.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Man some people are ignorant.  First off, Rick Pitino agreed to coach the Puerto Rican team then pulled out on them, which is a suprise considering he apparently doesnt know how to pull out, 15 seconds! Second, DR approached Cal and asked him to the be the coach which he mulled over and decided to do.  Third, he did not put together an all-star game like Self did.  He had his DR team play against former players.  Fourth, Cal is not the one spear headed the UK All-Stars tour or the Villians game.  As someone pointed out, Jeff Sheppard is the one who has put this together.  Fifth, UK planned everything and it was done before other schools done the same.  Sixth, to say Laettner is one the better off retired is funny cuz one, he was kinda forced out of the NBA because he never had a great career and two, he just narrowly avoided jail time less than a month ago.  Also, Duke does not have the most in the NBA so do some research before you make assumptions.  And, please stop hating that UK does these wonderful things that draws attention.  A recruit on campus today got to meet Kevin Durant.  I know, it's not fair.



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Or Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. I'd like to see Sheed' elbow Riddick in the face again. 



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Probably a tough get, but they really need Dwayne Wade. He crushed the hopes of the Nation of Blue in 2003. 



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

ok we're even. lol.



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Ok we're even. lol.



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Ok we're even. lol.



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Like in 95'?



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

I would take a beating from Duke anytime if the Cats could keep NC from the Finial 4. Cats have done it twice already. Maybe '12 they will do it again.   Hope you come to Lexington so you can watch the tar pits colapse in Rupp. 




Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

I fail to see how Kenneth Faried is a villain. After all, he single handedly beat Loserville in the NCAA Tournament. To me, that makes him a hero. He shouldn't be subjected to Laettner.



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Isn't Rex Chapman a villian in Lexington for dating a black girl?


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