Posts from Wednesday, July 15
Darius Miller quotes
Posted at 9:57 p.m. EDT - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations
Sorry about the lack of posts today. We had a meeting after the live chat and then my insatiable golfing addiction kicked in, forcing me to an afternoon/evening round at the links. Anyway, before Darius Miller spoke on the live blog, he answered questions from the media for about 15 minutes. Here's the transcript, courtesy of the always helpful media relations interns and students (that's you Sara, Jeremy and Evan).
Q: Can you talk about what this experience meant to you?
Q: What does it mean to have USA written across your chest?
Q: Was there a moment where you realized that you were playing for your country and not just a high school or college but the entire country?
Q: Were you motivated by all the international talk that the world is catching up to the United States in basketball and that everyone wanted to beat the U.S.?
Q: Did you notice any difference from international play and how basketball is played in this country?
Q: What rule difference affected you the most?
Q: When you were growing up did you ever dream of being an Olympian or having a gold medal around your neck? Do you want more international experience now?
Q: Do you feel that you are a more confident player?
Q: How would you describe your role on the USA team?
Q: The UK fans seem to want you to step up your scoring this year. Do you think you will do that or will you carry more of this defensive do-it-all mentality?
Q: Do you think that traveling overseas has changed you at all? Do you sense that this trip has made you grow up at all?
Q: Do you think that playing and working out during the summer makes you mentally tired when the beginning of the season starts?
Q: What did you think about New Zealand in general?
Q: I heard the food was terrible.
Q: How were you treated over there?
Q: What kind of relationship do you have with Shelvin Mack?
Q: What was it like to have a friend like that on the trip?
Q: How did he play?
Q: Talk about the competition within the team. The fact that you’re from Kentucky, did people want to take you on? Although you were representing USA did you feel like you were representing UK?
Q: Did they ask you lots of questions about your new coach?
Q: Why do you think they chose Shelvin Mack?
Q: What does the concept of having a Team USA jersey mean to you?
Q: How anxious are you to get back working with (your UK teammates)?
Q: What can you tell about players from pick-up games?
Q: Do you feel a little bit out of the loop after being gone so long?
Q: What’s it like seeing all of these new recruits come in and wonder what your role will be?
Q: Fans are talking Final Fours and National Championships, what’s your reaction to that?
Who do you have: Jodie Meeks or Joe Alexander?
Posted at 3:03 p.m. EDT – Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations
Jodie Meeks is part of ESPN’s Streak later on tonight. ESPN is asking fans who will score more points in tonight’s Milwaukee Bucks’ Summer League game: Meeks or teammate Joe Alexander.
As of 3 p.m., Meeks was getting an overwhelming majority of the votes. I’ve never played the streak before, but I’m being told it’s a daily contest to see how many questions you can get in a row, hence the name streak (please, correct me if I’m wrong).
Meeks leads the season total in points, 50-46. My pick? Well, I can’t pick against Meeks.
Posted at 10:04 a.m. EDT – Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations
UK HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: I’d be doing this blog an injustice if I didn’t use the UK highlight to remind you to be right back here at 1 p.m. for a live chat with Darius Miller and Ramon Harris.
We’ve had a couple of the basketball players in the past (Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson), but I’m particularly excited about this one for no other reason than the fact that we get two Cats at once.
I’m particularly interested to hear what Miller has to say about playing in the FIBA U-19 World Championships and how that experience will help him moving forward, but I’m also pleased we’re going to have Harris on here as well. With all the new recruits coming in, Harris has kind of been an afterthought. I’d be the last one to know exactly how much he’ll play this upcoming season, but it’d be foolish to think UK won’t need his experience and leadership this upcoming season. I’m interested to see what he sees differently in this year’s team and where he fits in.
We’ll find out everything at 1 p.m. I’m hoping we can go about 45 minutes with the guys, but we’ll see how everything shakes out. Let me remind everyone that we’ll get through as many questions as possible. We’ll likely have a barrage of questions come in as soon as we go live, so be patient if we don’t get to your question right away. Remember, the better the question, the better the chance you have of getting posted (creativity and good, clean humor never hurt either).
And since this is such a shameless plug, I’ll at least provide a link to something UK related. UK student Billy Kopp has the chip lead at the World Series of Poker Main Event, as of Tuesday evening. Kopp is one 29 players left in the multi-million dollar poker extravaganza. The starting field was made up of nearly 6,500 players.
SEC HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: Tennessee confirmed Tuesday that senior wide receiver Austin Rogers is out for the season with a torn ACL. The loss of Rogers means UT has lost four of its top five receivers from a year ago.
But wait, there’s more.
On the same day the Vols confirmed the devastating loss of Rogers, they also learned that Denarius Moore, UT’s top returning deep threat, is out for eight to 12 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
Tennessee was supposed to improve off a down year in 2008, but that seems less and less likely. If the Vols are going to get it done, they’ll have to rely on a pair of freshman receivers they signed in Nu’Keese Richardson and Marsalis Teague.
Lane Kiffin has talked a good talk since the day he arrived in Knoxville, Tenn. Now he better back it up with a bag full of magic tricks.
NATIONAL HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: If I’m going to post the Home Run Derby as the national story of the day, I suppose the actual All-Star game warrants a link. The American League won yet again, defeating the National League 4-3 in St. Louis in what appeared to be a semi-entertaining game.
I say appear because unlike the excruciatingly long Home Run Derby on Monday night, I was able to persuade myself to watch something else. I did happen to catch the last few innings and President Barack Obama’s first pitch, and despite my bashing of the All-Star break the last few days, I guess it wasn’t all that bad. (By the way, what’s up with booing the president? Republican or democrat, booing our nation’s leader at our national pastime is ridiculous.)
There are no magnificent storylines I can really grab from the game itself, but what’s up with the unbelievable streak the AL has going? Despite winning the last four contests by just one run, the AL hasn’t lost since 1996. The AL has a remarkable 12-0-1 streak against the national leaguers since the last millennium.
Is the AL just that much better? With all the free agency swapping that goes on every offseason, one would think there would be more parity throughout the two leagues. But every year the AL crushes the NL in interleague play and then somehow squeaks out a victory in the Midsummer Classic.
Normally I’d say it’s not all that big of a deal because it’s just the All-Star Game, but as the MLB would have you believe, “this one counts.” The winner of the game gets home-field advantage in the World Series, meaning the NL has consistently been at a disadvantage lately.
Thirteen games without a win are too much to call a coincidence. The AL is simply a better league than the NL.