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Columns

  • Doin' it right  

    On Jan. 22, 2016, David Blatt was fired as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the fact Cleveland led the Eastern Conference with a 30-11 record at the time of his dismissal, Blatt was still fired. Though he led the Cavs to the NBA Finals the season before, he was still shown the door. Blatt, who had an impressive resume consisting of 24 years in the NBA in some capacity as well as tremendous success coaching internationally, was fired midway through a fairly successful season with his team 19 games above .500.   

  • Vaught’s Views: Does Calipari deserve credit for coaching first-round draft picks?

    By Larry Vaught

    This year’s NBA draft produced three more lottery picks for Kentucky and coach John Calipari. In eight years at UK, he’s had three No. 1 overall picks, 24 first-round picks and 31 players drafted overall. No other school can match those numbers in the same time period.

  • Making moves

    The Golden State Warriors won their second title in three years last month. With all the confetti swept and all the celebrations complete, now comes the wildest and most interesting period of time in the NBA outside of the regular and postseason: free agency. Over the next several weeks and months, players will leave behind fan bases that cheered them on so loyally, deals will be made that might just give a team a missing piece needed to make a run at the NBA title and moves made will set the stage for next season, which is roughly only four months away. 

  • Incoming UK Wildcat one of the top players in the country

    By Larry Vaught

    Kevin Knox Sr. doesn’t mind talking basketball when it comes to his son, Kevin Knox Jr. He’s one of the top incoming players for Kentucky coach John Calipari.
    But he does a different type of talking with his long-time friend, Kentucky football recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow. He’s giving him Florida football recruiting tips.
    “Vince is one of the best recruiters in the nation, but I can give him some insights and a few names to recruit around where we live (Tampa),” Knox said.

  • A look at the 2017 NBA draft

     

  • Bam living dream of providing for Mom

    By Larry Vaught

  • A season to remember

    By George Spragens
    Special to the Enterprise

    Editor’s note: Joseph H. Mattingly III and Ham Mattingly also contributed to this column.
    The 2017 Marion County Knights baseball team's magical run in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Tournament came to an end Friday with a 5-2 loss to Simon Kenton. In reflecting on what this team accomplished during the season, we should first reflect on some of the back-story.

  • The City of Champions  

    The confetti falling on the court, the champagne raining down in the locker room, and the shiny trophy now in their hands, Golden State finally banished the haunting memories of last year's NBA Finals. The disaster that befell them then, blowing a 3-1 lead, were transformed into a distant memory. Only a win in the NBA Finals could do such a thing and set such a stage. 
    Kevin Durant wowed fans, Steph Curry dished and splashed and Golden State defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 on June 12 to win the Finals in five games. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Future Lady Wildcat’s heart has been set on Big Blue

    By Larry Vaught

    It would have been easy to make a phone call, send a text or make a post on social media to announce her verbal commitment to the Kentucky basketball program.
    Junior Emma King of Lincoln County didn’t want to do that. She thought it would be more “special” for everyone if she went to Lexington to tell coach Matthew Mitchell face to face.

  • Cleveland is down but not out

    The Golden State Warriors are perfect no more. 
    Cleveland caught fire from three-point range in Game 4 last Friday, a host of Cavs poured in points, stellar play, tenacious effort and downright fire in the belly, holding off the Warriors' celebrations plans for another game in a 137-116 win that had it all. 
    A series lacking any zeal or excitement suddenly got jolted with some drama, flare and a stunning show of dominance from the Cavs. Those Cleveland Cavaliers, who seemed down and overwhelmed, aren't out just quite yet.