LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis has headed for Las Vegas and will join the U.S. Men's National Basketball team for workouts, though it's not yet known whether he'll be able to participate.
A Yahoo! Sports report says Davis' ankle sprain suffered earlier this week isn't as serious as first believed, and that Davis will try to make the team if the ankle permits him to give it a go.
This would be great news for Davis, even if he just were given alternate status. I can't think of anything better for a player of Davis' caliber than the opportunity to hang around the best players in his profession, work out against them, and really, in short, just get to know them.
Davis was a calm and level-headed guy in his short stay at UK, but it's easy to forget how young these one-and-done guys are. For Davis to be able to draw from the experience and competition with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and the rest can be nothing but a plus -- not to mention what it means to be part of an Olympic team.
U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski seems to want Davis. The team certainly needs his size and variety of talents inside with the losses of Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard.
But realistically, even healthy, the difference Davis could make for the U.S. team might be debatable. Playing against NBA stars for the first time would figure to be a steep learning curve. Playing against the best international players on that big a stage just as much so. Now, if he could play, Davis could help the team in spots. Certainly, in international competition, you never can have too much depth in the middle, and his ability to defend and block shots would be of use in any setting. But does the team "need" him to win? I can't go there.
The main benefit in this is for Davis -- which is why reporting to Las Vegas, even at less than 100 percent, was a good move.
THE RELEASE OF A FEW PENN STATE EMAILS suggesting that Joe Paterno influenced school officials not to take their concerns about now-convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky to state officials have a great many of us questioning the even-handed treatment we gave Paterno in the wake of the scandal, and after his death.
For my part, I wrote the day after Paterno died that his role in the Sandusky trial appeared in the first sentence of his obituary, and that it was appropriate that it appear there.
If these emails paint an accurate picture, his role should be at the beginning of the first sentence, not just in it. If these emails paint an accurate picture, Paterno's actions weren't just negligent, but really, were criminal in nature.
I'm not ready to write that column just yet, because I want to see the actual emails, and all others surrounding the situation, and those will be available soon enough.
At this point, there's no need to rush to even more condemnation without a complete picture. But make no mistake, condemnation is what will be required if these early glimpses turn out to be an accurate picture of what happened.
This whole FBI investigation has shed light on another problem at Penn State -- that school and others in Pennsylvania not being subject to comprehensive open-records laws. Several years back, a group of Pennsylvania universities affiliated with the state but not run by the state lobbied hard to keep from falling under open-records laws. That lobbying effort was led by, surprise, Penn State president Graham Spanier.
Whenever there are assaults on open records laws, we'd all do well to remember this situation at Penn State.
A DEPARTURE. I want to take a moment to note the passing of a longtime sportswriter many of you will remember from The Courier-Journal. George Rorrer came to Louisville in 1970 from Marshall University, and wrote for The Louisville Times and later The C-J until 1995. Several months after Rorrer settled in Louisville, the plane carrying Marshall's football team crashed, a flight Rorrer would have been on had he stayed in Huntington, W.Va.
As it was, Rorrer maintained close ties with his alma mater his whole life, is a member of its Journalism Hall of Fame and will be honored during a football game in the coming season.
Rorrer was covering the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals when I first wandered into the C-J sports department in 1992. There were so many talented veterans on that staff that I felt like I'd wandered into some kind of All-Star team. Rorrer was covering the Reds. Stan Sutton was covering Indiana, Bob White the high schools, Russ Brown had U of L and Pat Forde UK. Then there were guys like Jim Terhune and Dave Koerner, two of the more versatile and talented guys I've been around.
I remember going to cover some Redbirds games and having George walk me through the routine, and the amazing thing to me about him was that he seemed as enthralled with the job, just talking about all the ins and outs, as if he'd just started it the day before.
Rorrer passed away last week at the age of 79. One day before his health took a bad turn, a group from his nursing home got to attend a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, which you can bet he enjoyed to the fullest. During his time in the facility, he was visited by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and owner Mike Brown.
Jennie Rees, horse racing writer for The C-J, posted a nice remembrance of George that included this comment from former C-J sports editor Dave Kindred: "When I once thought of leaving sports for news, George said, 'Anything out of sports is a demotion.' I stayed in sports. George was a great reporter and a wise man."
You can't get a much better endorsement than that.
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