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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Former Jayhawk Aldrich signs with NBA’s Knicks

Sacramento Kings center Cole Aldrich (45) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 15, 2013.

Sacramento Kings center Cole Aldrich (45) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 15, 2013.

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Former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich on Tuesday signed a contract with the NBA’s New York Knicks, Glen Grunwald, the organization’s executive vice president and general manager, reported in a news release.

No terms were disclosed, however ESPN New York’s Ian Begley said the deal is non-guaranteed, meaning the 6-foot-11, 245-pound Aldrich must make the team in training camp.

ESPN’s Nick Borges reports that, “the Knicks will be luxury tax payers in 2014 and Aldrich counts $884,293 against the salary cap should he stay on the roster until the beginning of January.”

Aldrich, 24, averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds while logging 8.6 minutes per game in 45 games last season for the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. Begley says the Knicks “hope Aldrich can fill the void at backup center that was left when they traded Marcus Camby in the Andrea Bargnani deal.”

Noted Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com’s ProBasketballTalk: “The Knicks have Tyson Chandler at center, but when he goes to the bench it’s going to be a combination of Kenyon Martin and Jeremy Tyler (once he returns from foot surgery). In the short term the Knicks are looking at someone who could help along the front line (they have 14 filled roster spots and can add one more). Aldrich, Josh Powell and Ike Diogu all are going to get a chance in camp to impress Mike Woodson and staff and get that spot.”

Aldrich was drafted 10th overall by New Orleans in 2010, but his rights were dealt to Oklahoma City. He was traded from OKC to Houston in the James Harden deal last fall. The Rockets then traded him to Sacramento in a midseason deal that included KU’s Thomas Robinson.

Media Day today: Hoops season unofficially begins today with the annual Media Day in Allen Fieldhouse. It is closed to the public.

KU lost all five starters off last year’s 31-6 team, which won a ninth straight Big 12 title and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAAs. The Jayhawks bring in six highly-regarded freshmen, plus senior transfer Tarik Black, who is immediately eligible after graduating from Memphis. KU returns rotation players Perry Ellis, Naadir Tharpe and Jamari Traylor.

“It’s been fun watching our guys grow together,” said 11th-year KU coach Bill Self, whose Jayhawks were able to practice two hours a week during summer school and two hours a week since the start of the fall semester in accordance with NCAA rules. “We have the foundation to have a good year if things fall right.

“It’s as deep a team as we’ve had. There will be somebody disappointed. They all deserve to play,” he added of players who ultimately do not make the rotation. “I’ll be honest. All our guys are doing well. It’s the longest team I’ve ever had. The big question is can we consistently make shots and make shots at the end of games. I think this team will be able to defend and create some havoc. This will be a fun team to watch.”

The team begins practice Friday in accordance with new NCAA rules.

Late Night info: The 29th-annual Late Night in the Phog will run from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 9:30 on Friday, Oct. 4, in Allen Fieldhouse, KU announced Tuesday. Admission is free. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fieldhouse doors will be closed when the arena reaches capacity.

With school in session, all university parking lots will be restricted by permit only until 5 p.m., with the exception of Lot 90 located across Naismith Drive to the east, and south, of Allen Fieldhouse which will be available for public parking at 3 p.m.

During the day, public parking is available in the parking garage north of Allen Fieldhouse with hourly rates. Parking in the garage for Late Night in the Phog after 4 p.m. will be $5 per vehicle.

Fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which KU’s athletic department will donate to “Just Food” of Douglas County.

Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports will oversee the television production of Late Night, which will be seen live on the Jayhawk TV Network, including ESPN3. It also will air on the Jayhawk Radio Network.

The event will feature music by the KU pep band, skits, videos and scrimmages by the KU men’s and women’s teams. Requests for Sign Language interpreting should be directed to Kim Bates, at kimbates@ku.edu, no later than Monday.

Vaughn update: Rashad Vaughn, a 6-5 senior shooting guard from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nevada, who is ranked No. 7 nationally by Rivals.com, on Tuesday narrowed his list of schools to seven: KU, Minnesota, Arizona, Baylor, Iowa State, North Carolina and UNLV. He eliminated UCLA, UConn, Georgetown and Kentucky.

“I am going to Baylor (Oct.18-20) and Iowa State (Nov. 7-9). Those are set,” Vaughn told ESPN.com. “I plan to go to Kansas and North Carolina during the season (and sign in April).”

Comments

jaybate 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't "believe" in conspiracies.

Conspiracies documented by fact I find hard to ignore.

But this is not a conspiracy situation in any case.

I "know" journalists need access and have a long history of making trades to get it, or retain it. It is to no small degree the essence of their business.

Ask any of them over a drink why they don't ask follow up questions to obvious non answers and many will openly admit they don't want there access cut off.

As Dan Rather said of reporters tangling with the powers that be, "You have to pick which ditch you want to die in."

If journalists know someone might cut off their access, they will take steps in their reporting to appear to go along to get along, if it serves their professional interests regarding access. We know they do this.

If a journalist can get a source to speak on deep background, he conceals his source's identity to keep his access to the source and get more access from other sources.

If a journalist can get, or keep access with most athletes by slanting against someone whose access they need less, it is kind of hard for me to imagine some of them some of the time would not slant against. We are dealing with human beings here, not movie heroes.

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William Blake 6 months, 4 weeks ago

This is an official announcement from the crimson/blue optic company of Lawrence.

We are taking nominations for the 2013/2014 Kansas Jayhawk Homer Awards. Please nominate your choices below, while time permits.

Official Jayhawk Homer Awards winners will be notified by Jayhawk post carriers after the deadline of entries, November 1, 2013.

All prizes will be distributed during the 2014 Final Four Tournament in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Jack Wilson 6 months, 4 weeks ago

As kd said yesterday, it's good to see that Tyshawn and Cole will get to play together again ....

(Yea, yea, I know .. but kd makes so few errors here I can't help myself)

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ZachMorganKU 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Very happy for Cole. Hopefully a change of scenery with a solid team will do him some good. Also, I'm assuming the new uniforms will be officially announced today, as they usually are on media day. It will be good to see some more detailed shots of them for sure.

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Jack Wilson 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Ok, you guys that think that there may be some ESPN conspiracy against KU .. seriously or jokingly .. this link tends to cast us in a very favorable light with future recruits, I would say.

http://insider.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/9710359/college-basketball-future-power-rankings-teams-most-likely-succeed-next-three-seasons

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Joe Baker 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Cole dunked over Collison...KU NBA classic pic. Get Collison's face in the pic and post that bad boy for all recruits to see.

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clevelandjayhawker 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Looks like the "Rule's House" will begin construction in March (KC star has an article about it)

I hope the finished product is better than the rendering I saw a few months ago.

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William Blake 6 months, 4 weeks ago

"Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports will oversee the television production of Late Night, which will be seen live on the Jayhawk TV Network, including ESPN3."

So does that mean we just get to see a few minutes of Late Night as well as a mix of minutes from several other schools' events?

"“It’s as deep a team as we’ve had. There will be somebody disappointed. They all deserve to play,” he added of players who ultimately do not make the rotation. “I’ll be honest. All our guys are doing well. It’s the longest team I’ve ever had. The big question is can we consistently make shots and make shots at the end of games. I think this team will be able to defend and create some havoc. This will be a fun team to watch.”"

I'll put on my Bill Self Decoder Ring and translate later...

"...narrowed his list of schools to seven: KU, Minnesota, Arizona, Baylor, Iowa State, North Carolina and UNLV."

Wow.. Minnesota! 24-karat Golden Gophers! So what are Jayhawks? Platinum?

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Martin Rosenblum 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Love the photo of Aldrich v Collison. Hopefully we'll be seeing photos of Aldrich v Withey, Aldrich v Robinson, Aldrich v Morris/Morris, Aldrich v Arthur and Aldrich v any other KU players now in the NBA. The NBA needs Cole Aldrich.

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jaybate 6 months, 4 weeks ago

"I think Late-Night should be $10,000 a seat fund raising event in which no students and no children are allowed to attend. The money raised should be used to build a vault in which to place the Naismith rules, so that no one could ever see them, except those willing to pay $5,000 per visit. The revenue streams from the visits to the vault and from the Late Night costume ball gala, could then be used to fund an Institute on campus that could employ all of the sons and daughters of the affluent not bright enough to hold jobs in their family businesses."

--J. Pugh Offal IV Fourth Lord of Strainwright Parameter on the Thames Royally Chartered District of London Great Britain Graduate of Pinth Yarnell College B.A., Class of 1984 Sigma Alpha Psi Charter Member: Occult 1011 Round Table Bilderberger Intramural Champion Realm of the Missing Gold Committee to Impose a Currency Crisis, chrmn.

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William Blake 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Go Cole!

Hey, he regrew his KU 2 inches!

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clevelandjayhawker 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Im glad they made Late Night free and keep it that way, it would be to easy to charge $5 one year, then ten and a year like this I would think a $50 ticket would still sell out. There are very few things that ADs dont try and take every pennny they can. I am glad there has never been a push to change that.

With that said I hope there is no big rush to get in that causes children to get hurt, thus ending the first come open seating policy.

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Keith Gellar 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Wow..Cole Aldrich is still around in the NBA....

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archercc 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Damn, was really hoping for Cole to sign with the Nets in time for the nickname jerseys. I would have been willing to pay for a "Tenacious C" jersey. Tenacious, just tenacious.

Tenacious!

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Brett McCabe 6 months, 4 weeks ago

If you haven't read the story today on Liana Salazar from the women's soccer team - it's worth a look. Incredibly inspiring story of effort.

Makes me laugh a little at guys like Slater, Combs, etc. who can't handle being away from home or who can't handle a little hard work.

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KansasComet 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't worry about recruiting. Coach Self either gets the players he wants or he works it with what he has. The winning tradition continues!

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jaybate 6 months, 4 weeks ago

The above ESPN REFERENCES were not real. They were satires.

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Janet Scott 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Extra! Extra! The Knicks sign Captain Kangaroo! "The Captain" will compete with Aldrich and Diogu for a front line spot on the Knick roster. The Knicks also announced there will be NO bobblehead night for "The Captain" at Madison Square Garden.

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jaybate 6 months, 4 weeks ago

ESPN: Self Having Fun with KU Team, NBA Likes Coaches that Like Fun

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jaybate 6 months, 4 weeks ago

ESPN: Aldrich signs with Knicks, Not The BestTeam in the NBA

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Phil Leister 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Better get there early. The Fieldhouse will be packed the instant they open the doors.

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jvhawk22 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Kensucky keeps getting cut by big time recruits. If we offer Lyle he won't pass it up and then we get Alexander if he sticks to his word. Good chance at okafor after that.

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RockChalkRedlock 7 months ago

Should I start camping for late night now? The Fieldhouse is going to fill up quick. I'm ready to see some of these young bloods take it to dunk city! I hear they are going to bring out a 12 ft..goal for Wiggins to do windmills on!!!

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Scott Smetana 7 months ago

Of that list, I don't know how you couldn't choose Scott Drew. He's amazing.

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