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.


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’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, 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, 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 “I plan to go to Kansas and North Carolina during the season (and sign in April).”


Scott Smetana 8 years, 9 months ago

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

RockChalkRedlock 8 years, 9 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!!!

jvhawk22 8 years, 9 months 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.

Kevin Huffman 8 years, 9 months ago

That's only because Kensucky KNOWS who they'll get.

They KNOW they'll get T. Lyles - thus no need to keep pursuing Cl. Alexander...heck probably even Turner. Also, they quit w/ the Okafor / Jones pairing because they were certainly no higher than 3rd or 4th in their pecking order.

They ARE serious about EITHER S. Johnson OR Oubre or would prefer both for SF & SG, respectively. They'd be satisfied with either at SF if they could land Blackmon or D. Booker at SG.

Pretty much summarizes what they're looking at right now.

I think their No. 1 priority currently is getting T. Lyles nailed down. Then it goes from him to S. Johnson / Oubre. They're a bit nervous on that front w/ S. Johnson being about equally enthusiastic about U of A as UK and Oubre being about equally enthusiastic about KU as UK.

They seem to be "sitting prettier" with either Blackmon or Booker should the other two jilt them. Still would be top 20 - 30 guys.

Phil Leister 8 years, 9 months ago

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

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

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

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

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

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 9 months ago

What do you mean? One of the most storied franchises in the NBA, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Red Holtzman, Earl the Pearl, playing at the Garden. Even Phil Jackson cut his teeth with the Knicks. 1973 wasn't that long ago.

Well maybe it was...

Even missed the correct comment to reply to...

jaybate 8 years, 9 months ago

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

KansasComet 8 years, 9 months 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!

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm with you on that. I find all these recruiting articles a waste of time. Last year the buzz was about that UCLA Schabazz guy. I'm happy as hell we didn't get him. Self will always put a competitive team on the floor.

Andy Godwin 8 years, 9 months ago

Agreed. A true student who is also an athlete. Great story of dedication.

Keith Gellar 8 years, 9 months ago

we don't even know the full story and everyone's started doggin combs...first the KU homers make him the saviour, now the devil...similar to what happend to Anrio.

Ryan Michael 8 years, 9 months ago

Not everyone... There will always be immature people and those who jump to conclusions. Especially when you consider how large of a fan base we have.

Personally I wish Combs the best. He was (and is) positive when mentioning KU, the staff etc. I won't pretend to know all the details and I won't assume the worst. Best of luck to him, now lets focus on the team we have.

jay_cheese 8 years, 9 months ago

Maybe that's why you shouldn't let guys talk to the media that haven't played. #1 juco in the nation or not, sometimes it just doesn't work. Maybe it was him, maybe it wasn't...I wish him the best. We have no real work to judge him on as he never played a down in any game. I don't care how many stars they have behind their name, wait until they hit the field before proclaiming them above average.

archercc 8 years, 9 months 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.


Keith Gellar 8 years, 9 months ago

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

8 years, 9 months ago

...because you know the full story.

Keith Gellar 8 years, 9 months ago

WTF does that even mean? just like all KU homers you need to take of your crimson glasses and focus on reality. he's a bust..surprised he's been in the league this long

ZachMorganKU 8 years, 9 months ago

A bust doesn't stay in the league. Cole won't do much for you scoring wise, but he's a fiend when it comes to getting rebounds. That's why teams still want him. Rebounds amount to wins.

8 years, 9 months ago

Figure it out, genius. If you need a clue, see Kingfisher's response to your drivel.

Pius Waldman 8 years, 9 months ago

You know what your opinions are not always reasonable. How can you call a player that has close to a million dollars salary a bust. Cole says I'm happy with a chance with the Knicks. I'll make that team and then I will shimsham.

Kevin Huffman 8 years, 9 months ago

Man! Raggin' on ALL OF 'EM!!!! Did you not notice the trade away of Scola in the offseason that's how impressed the Suns were by the Morrises play in the Summer Ball circuit where the Suns came in 2nd?

Tho. Robinson was one of the leading rebounders in summer ball including a 19 Reb. game!!!! Mc may have had some truly dreadful games but he had at least 2 outstanding ones as well.

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 9 months ago

"So no need to blast KU "homers" either, as this IS the KU fan site at a Lawrence, KS hometown paper's website."

Damn Right!

Still...I know that you know this Ralster.. In the NBA, it's the second and third contracts that get you into the big money. Cole needs to make the team but he is probably at one of the teams he can make. Henry is in the same situation with the Lakers. Julian Wright was three and done.

Personally.. In most cases, I think it's the play that HCBS gets from his players that get them drafted maybe sooner than is warranted, even Brady was given a shot in the D league.

clevelandjayhawker 8 years, 9 months 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.

Keith Gellar 8 years, 9 months ago

but i heard something else shrunk 2 inches

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

This looks funny now with the post kf responded to removed.

jaybate 8 years, 9 months 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.

Martin Rosenblum 8 years, 9 months 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.

clevelandjayhawker 8 years, 9 months 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.

Joe Baker 8 years, 9 months 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.

Joe Baker 8 years, 9 months ago

Sure. Two KU bigs in the NBA playing is a great recruiting piece. If recruits see it, let them make their own conclusions. Net-neutral, whatever, they're still former KU bigs playing in the NBA.

Jack Wilson 8 years, 9 months 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.

Steve Gantz 8 years, 9 months ago

I'm not an insider like you. Couldn't read it. Could you tell me where Wisconsin is on that list, assuming they're on it?

Jack Wilson 8 years, 9 months ago

If I told you I'd have to kill you .. it's part of the subscription deal.

With that as a risk, KU was stated to have the 3rd best future with recruits and talent, behind Duke and Kentucky. There was the obligatory reference that Self could leave, which was the only negative. But it was stated that even if Self left, we'd take a brief dip.

Teams were rating on coaching, current talent, recruiting, program power, and stability.

Frashilla said that Ellis was the best scorer at the adidas camp, but that he likely would have two more seasons here because of his "in between size" would keep him out of the lottery.

And Wisconsin #14, ISU the only other Big 12 team in top 25 at #25, and no MU (of course, they are a football school. Oh, wait, they are "a" school).

Steve Gantz 8 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the Badgers info. I guess I'll have to watch my back for a while.

ZachMorganKU 8 years, 9 months 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.

Jack Wilson 8 years, 9 months 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)

Kevin Huffman 8 years, 9 months ago

Huh? How do you figure? Tyshawn's on the Nets and even if Cole sticks he'd be on the Knicks (not the Nets).

Jack Wilson 8 years, 9 months ago

khuff -- re-read and see if you can figure it out.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 9 months ago

Are the Kansas Jayhawk Homer Awards about KU's Odyssey in pursuit of the 2014 NC?? [see what I did English comp teacher would be so proud!! ]

jaybate 8 years, 9 months 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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