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Guest post: Fate deal Julius Randle a cruel blow but his dream can still come true

By LINDA SINCLAIR You work every day of your very young life to attain your dream. The night you have waited for all your life arrives and ends in a way no one could have imagined. You have had butterflies all day, you have counted down on your calendar, you are nervous, you put on …

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Karl-Anthony Towns on platoon system, veterans, practice, John Calipari and more

By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun Karl-Anthony Towns has been compared to former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis. The 6-foot-11 forward doesn’t mind the comparisons and is ready to contribute on a team that could easily be two squads in one. “Whatever I have to do for the team will come easy,” Towns said. “We are going …

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Julius Randle expected to miss rest of season after undergoing knee surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky broke his leg in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut in Los Angeles’ season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets …

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Platoon system not confusing or a problem for Dakari Johnson

By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchster Sun LEXINGTON — Dakari Johnson doesn’t mind sharing his minutes. He’s just happy to be on the court. The University of Kentucky sophomore center doesn’t see a big problem with coach John Calipari’s two-platoon system, designed to divide his team half and allot an ample amount of playing time. “It’s not …

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John Calipari has no plans to redshirt Derek Willis or Dominique Hawkins

By LARRY VAUGHT LEXINGTON — Sophomores Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins know even in a platoon system that their minutes are going to be limited on this year’s Kentucky team because of the abundance of talent and experience that coach John Calipari has. In Monday’s Blue-White Game, Hawkins was just 1-for-5 from the field and …

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Bluegrass Showcase Nov. 28-29 will feature a lot of top players including UK targets Thon Maker and Caleb Swanigan

By LARRY VAUGHT The Bluegrass Showcase at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School will not only feature 7-foot junior Thon Maker, considered the nation’s top high school player by many, but also numerous other highly rated players. Caleb Swanigan of Homestead High School in Indiana, a definite Kentucky target, will play games both Nov. 28 and …

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Coach excited to bring Thon Makers and teammates from Canada to Kentucky to play three times

By LARRY VAUGHT He has one of the top players in the nation in 7-foot junior Thon Maker and has his choice of showcase events where his team can play. However, Orangeville Prep coach Larry Blunt plans to bring his team from Canada to play in Kentucky three times this basketball season starting with the …

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Julius Randle breaks leg in first NBA game

Rookie Julius Randle broke his right leg in the fourth quarter of his first NBA game Tuesday, according to a report by ESPN.com. The Lakers told ESPN that the  diagnosis by team doctors  was a broken tibia. The Lakers said they would provide an update on his status Wednesday. “It is heartbreaking, because I saw …

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