Would Kentucky beat an average Euroleague club? Keith Langford: “Sure, they could. I say that for a couple reasons. One being that the average Euroleague teams oftentimes will lose a good number of games in their own domestic leagues where the competition isn’t as good as the Euroleague. UK is as good or better than a good amount of those mid-level teams. Secondly, from a size standpoint they match up well with average Euroleague clubs. The only thing they would have trouble with is the experience factor. You saw how they struggled against Notre Dame’s juniors/seniors. Grown men playing for five-plus years could be difficult. But they can definitely win a game and compete.”
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David Pick: Prolific Euro-scorer Keith Langford, I’ve learned, evaluating minimum offer from Philadelphia 76ers and Russian club Kazan.
Despite the reports about Keith Langford not getting the Turkish passport, this possibility still is very much alive, as the top Euroleague scorer is examining his options for next season which also include interest from the NBA.
The General Manager of Olimpia Milano also added that they are interested in keeping Keith Langford with his new Turkish passport. “We are interested in the Turkish Keith Langford. But we will make a new type of contracts, shorter and with opt out in favor of the club” said Portaluppi to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Seriously, you mustmustmust read this excerpt from the book “Beyond the Phog: Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball’s Most Dominant Decade.” Former KU player Keith Langford recounts how the team rallied against the possible recruitment of Humphries, then a brash young b-ball star on the rise: “Kris Humphries came on a visit and tried to commit. He really wanted to come here. But no one on the team liked Kris Humphries. He was arrogant. He told everyone he was going to come in and be the leading scorer as a freshman and that we’d all have to take a backseat to him. We were trying to be respectful and not say anything. But he was an absolute jerk. It was tough, because (coach) Roy (Williams) was really excited about him. Kris Humphries was a big deal. He was a one-and-done or two- and-done kind of player. Roy wanted him to commit on his visit. But we told him, ‘Coach, you can’t bring this guy in. You can’t do it.’ You’d figure Roy would say something like, ‘Let’s work on him,’ or ‘Let’s give him another chance.’ Instead he told Humphries, ‘Sorry, but you can’t come.'”