BBL: John Wall and Wizards beat Bulls and critics


Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

John Wall and the Washington Wizards beat Chicago in Chicago for the second straight game, this time in overtime, to take a 2-0 lead over the Bulls in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs.

Speaking of John Wall, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd won’t shut up about the Wizards guard, and on Tuesday, he made a fool of himself talking about my buddy Rick Bozich. Rick thinks Cowherd owes Wall an apology.

My column isn’t a knock on Julius Randle for turning pro, but the feeling that even after 12 Calipari one-and-dones, we wish could see more of these guys. That’s especially true in the case of Randle, who only brushed up against his full potential at UK.

Randle’s mentor, former Oklahoma star Jeff Webster, says Randle will be a more versatile player in the pros. It was interesting that Webster said that although UK did a good job with Randle, he can now get back to the things he really needs to improve.

Randle says Kentucky will “always have a special place in my heart.”

This wasn’t a team decision but a personal decision, Randle said.

Kentucky baseball beat Tennessee Tech 15-13 in a shootout at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Cats had to rally from a six-run deficit to get the win.

Derek Willis’ high school coach says you should ignore any rumors that the sophomore-to-be is thinking about transferring from UK. Remember, Rex Chapman is on record as tweeting that Willis will have a much bigger role next season.

Is UK assistant coach and Mississippi native Kenny Payne really a candidate for the head coaching job at Southern Miss? The Biloxi Sun-Herald says the name of the former U of L star has come up in the discussions.

Jaylen Brown, class of 2015, says he has an offer from Kentucky.

The odd case of Terrence Jones and the homeless man has been settled, with Jones agreeing to make a charitable donation.

Andrew Wiggins is the most searched athlete in Kansas — and Kentucky. This is according to Google.

Louisville basketball signs a 7-footer.

DeAndre Liggins was named the D-League’s defensive player of the year.

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