John Calipari visiting the USA Team camp

UK head coach John Calipari is visiting the Team USA camp in Las Vegas today. Makes sense. Anthony Davis is participating. DeMarcus Cousins is participating. John Wall is participating. Derrick Rose is participating. Calipari coached them all.

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Update on water damage at Pauley Pavilion

Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register has updates on the water damage Pauley Pavilion suffered last night when the home of the UCLA Bruins was flooded by a water main break.

Kartje reports that the Pauley floor is definitely warped, but that athletic director Dan Guerrero believes that the damage won’t threaten the Bruins’ basketball season.

“AD Dan Guerrero said emergency workers mitigated a lot of the damage — especially in the UCLA sports Hall of Fame. No damage to memorabilia,” said Kartje via Twitter.

“I think the most prevailing mindset right now is that if we needed to put in a new court, we’d certainly have time to do it,” Guerrero told Kartje.

Some are wondering how this will affect top recruit Jaylen Brown, who is scheduled to visit UCLA within the week.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the repairs from the break will take “an extended period of time.”

“The effort to repair the damaged main is complicated by the 30-inch steel pipe’s location and connection to other valves east of the rupture, said Jeff Bray, general superintendent for water distribution at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,” reported the paper.

Main link: Ryan Kartje’s Twitter account 

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Correction: Dylan Favre

In my notes column today, I wrote that UT-Martin quarterback Dylan Favre started his college career at Ole Miss.

He actually started his career at Mississippi State.

FYI: Here is Favre’s bio.

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BBL: Former Wake Forest coach loves current Cats

Better late than never, Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

Related: Everything you need to know about UK’s trip to the Bahamas

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SEC: Bo Pelini calls out Ole Miss recruiting

SEC links for Wednesday:

Related: Everything you need to know about the SEC Network

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Pauley Pavilion is flooding

A water main break at UCLA has caused flooding at Pauley Pavilion.

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Kevin Durant says Anthony Davis is “next in line”

The NBA’s current MVP said he knows the identity of a future MVP.

When Anthony Davis sent Kevin Durant a congratulatory text message for winning the league’s highest individual honor, Durant replied with, “You on your way to get it.”

After today’s Team USA camp practice, Durant reiterated that to NBA.com’s Jim Eichenhofer.

“I know how good (Davis) is going to be,” Durant said. “I know how good he is now, but I know how good he’s going to be. He’s an MVP-caliber player. So he’s next. He’s next in line – a guy that has grown so much in just a year.”

Davis won a gold medal as a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in London.

And Los Angeles Clippers commentator Michael Smith accidentally voted for Davis as MVP instead of Durant last seasaon.

Main link: Kevin Durant on Anthony Davis

Related link: Coach K says Anthony Davis is “main guy”

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John Calipari and his “non-negotiables”

CBS Sports Jon Rothstein wasn’t the only national media member to get some semi-exclusive access to the Kentucky basketball team on Monday. John Calipari’s old friend Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News also got some face time with the UK coach.

DeCourcy writes that Calipari intends to “install a list of several ‘non-negotiables’ – actions that will lead to a player being automatically removed from the game. If a player does not dive for a loose ball, or sprint while changing ends, or slid down into proper position if defending the weak side . . . ‘Thank you. You’re out. He’s in,’ Calipari explained.”

We know that as the Calipari thumb.

It seems obvious that Calipari wants to avoid some of the problems encountered by last year’s team in terms of bad body language, lack of hustle in the transition game, etc.

Talking to the media this morning at the Calipari Pro Camp, James Young, now of the Boston Celtics, admitted that all the 40-0 talk of last year did distract the team in a negative way. Young’s advice to this year’s squad was simple: Don’t listen.

Meanwhile, with Calipari’s cup runneth over with talent, DeCourcy writes that the coach has “pondered whether to open the season with two platoons, essentially subbing out one group of five for another.”

Dean Smith often did the same thing at North Carolina, and on paper at least Kentucky does look to have that kind of depth.

One more thing from Cal: “The 40-year-old model of program, program, there’s the system, no names on the back of jersey — we flipped it. Now it’s about the player.”

Next season, Kentucky will have plenty of players.

By the way, we local media types are expected to get Calipari for a press update next week to preview the team’s upcoming trip to the Bahamas.

Related: Latest UK basketball links

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Buy 3 Tom Jurich when you buy 1 Tim Couch

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy of ESPN tweeted this picture.

No info on whereabouts of store.

Related: SEC East football scouting reports

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Video: James Young talks at Pro Camp

Former UK star James Young was at John Calipari’s Pro Camp and talked to the media this morning about the Boston Celtics, about the 2014-15 Cats and other subjects.

Julius Randle was at the Pro Camp in Florence and unavailable to the media in Lexington.

Related link: Everything you need to know about UK’s Bahamas tour

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