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

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Calipari hears that Pitino might coach the Puerto Rican National team? Calipari signs on to coach the Diominican team.


It was the Dominican team that approached HIM about coaching. It's not as if he simply called them one day and said "hey, I want to be your coach". And, for the record, he got them to beat Brazil for the first time ever, and got them to within a win of qualifying for their first ever Olympics. Give the man the credit he is due.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Umm, from what I've heard, Laettner is one of the most "well-off" retired NBA player, making lots of money in investing and business ventures. He was recently looking into becoming a co-owner of an NBA team. Go Duke!


You OBVIOUSLY have not been following his post NBA career.



Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman chalked up a HUGE victory against ex-NBA star Christian Laettner -- after the original USA "Dream Team" member failed to pay back $3 million he borrowed from the NFL star.

Laettner and his former Duke basketball teammate Brian Davis borrowed the cash back in 2007 to fund a series of real estate ventures -- but according to Merriman, they refused to pay him back.

But a federal judge ruled that Laettner and his partner must not only pay back the original $3 mil -- they also have to fork over $800,000 in interest payments plus they must transfer 10% of the ownership in their real estate holdings to Merriman.

Merriman's lawyers released a statement saying, "Merriman trusted Laettner and Davis to repay the millions they borrowed from him for their businesses. We are pleased that the Federal Court has vindicated Shawne’s rights and is compelling Laettner and Davis to fulfill their obligations.”




Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

An original idea? How about Calipari's idea to coach his Dominican team against a team of former Kentucky stars like Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Tayshaun Prince? He did it, twice. Then Bill Self ripped it off more than a month later as "Legends of the Phog."

http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/16/

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national.html

http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/17/

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ibition.html

Good enough for you?



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Calipari hears that Kansas plans an amazing exhibition game to take advantage of the NBA Lockout? Calipari puts together All-Stars vs. Villains.



Except that Coach Cal was not the one who came up with the idea. Form UK great, Jeff Sheppard, approached Kentucky about doing this game. He has coordinated all of it. Rex Chapman will coach the UK team. Also, Sheppard is expected to have Bruce Pearl as an assistant on the Villains, and Joakim Noah has expressed interest in playing.



Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Come on twocoach...even if this wasn't the first promo game to come out of the strike, this is a brilliant idea.  I just wish Laettner could be in the game to take the last shot and rock the little blue nation again almost 20 years later!  Where is Aminu Timberlake these days anyway?



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Umm, from what I've heard, Laettner is one of the most "well-off" retired NBA player, making lots of money in investing and business ventures. He was recently looking into becoming a co-owner of an NBA team. Go Duke!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:54 am
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Lame. The "Legends of The Phog" event held by Kansas was ten times better that what this looks to be.

How can you beat Paul Pierce hitting what was thought to be the game winning three with five seconds left in the game, only to have Mario Chalmer's hit (another) great game tying three at the buzzer to end the game in a 111-111 tie?



Calipari hears that Pitino might coach the Puerto Rican National team? Calipari signs on to coach the Diominican team.

Calipari hears that Kansas plans an amazing exhibition game to take advantage of the NBA Lockout? Calipari puts together All-Stars vs. Villains.

Come on, Calipari. Just have ONE original idea.



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:42 am
 

Kentucky Villains charity game: a brilliant idea

Hilarious!!

If Laettner, is good hearted about this (or short on cash) he could take this idea and run with it.  I could see Christain Laettner pintas selling like hotcakes in Lexington.  UK could make a fortune if they wanted to have some dude in a Laettner uniform and mask out in front of UK games, where you pay a couple bucks and get to shoot him with a paint ball gun. 

UK frats should make pledges do that for a fundraiser. 



Do you hear me Big Blue Nation?  I'm throwing pearls here.


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