HoopsHype Josh Harrellson rumors


January 22, 2012 Updates
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Me: Is there a part of you that goes 'I wasn't playing in college two years ago, and now I'm in the NBA'? Josh Harrellson: JH: Oh, yeah, every day. It's still a blessing, all of the opportunities I've had. I've been very fortunate to make the most of them. Just to be in the NBA and to be able to play for the Knicks, and be able to travel, be in the rotation, every day I'm still thankful for the opportunities I've had. It still amazes me when I can sit back and think about it. Two years ago, I didn't even play at Kentucky. I transformed my whole senior year, and now I play for the Knicks. So it's crazy to think about it. NBA.com

Me: What was that transformation like? I know you spent that whole summer in Lexington with Kenny Payne (the former Louisville star who played four years for the 76ers in the early 90s and is now an assistant coach at Kentucky). JH: It was tough. It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I had to condition every day before practice for 45 minutes, and then I had to practice on top of that. It was the toughest thing I've ever done. But to be able to do that, transform my body, change my mindset, gain confidence, to get through that, put me at the next step. Because now, I attack anything with an open mind, knowing that if I got through that, I can get through anything now. NBA.com

January 3, 2012 Updates

The Knicks opened 2012 with a dud, losing, 90-85, to the Raptors at the Garden because they took — and missed — too many threes and because Josh Harrellson went back to being Josh Harrellson. The rookie forward, who played so well in his first pro start against the Kings, came crashing back to Earth by missing all four shots in 33 minutes. “He is going to have ups and downs,” Mike D'Antoni said after the Knicks, who trailed by as many as 18 in the second half, fell to 2-3 overall. “Obviously, we missed Amar’e but that can’t be our whole thing.” After he had connected on four 3-pointers for 14 points Saturday night, reality hit Harrellson and the Knicks about as hard as some of their long-range struck the rim. The “whole thing” for the Knicks was relying too much on the long jumper. They attempted 35 threes, making 10. The Raptors were a more economical 7-for-17 from behind the arc. Anthony went 4-for-9 on threes, including a miss on a potential game-tying jumper with 14 seconds left. “Coach told me to go quick,” said Anthony, who led the Knicks with 35 points. “That’s the shot we wanted to go for. I figured we were down three with 17 seconds left. If I make it it’s a tie game. If not we get the chance to get the rebound. That was the mind-set with that.” New York Daily News

October 6, 2011 Updates

Christian Laettner, arguably the most hated man in University of Kentucky basketball history, is coming to Rupp Arena to coach a group of “villains” against a team of famous Wildcats alumni on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Former UK player Jeff Sheppard, who now owns an apparel company and is involved in sports marketing with Wazoo Sports, organized the game. Former Wildcat Rex Chapman will coach the Big Blue All Stars, whose roster includes DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Jodie Meeks, Chuck Hayes, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson. Courier-Journal

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June 21, 2011 Updates

Matching up with Josh Harrellson, Joe Trapani, Talor Battle, Malcolm Delaney and Travele Jones, Bismack Biyombo had an excellent workout for the Raptors in New York City, where he showed a significantly better offensive arsenal than he had last week in Treviso, according to multiple sources who were present to see him dunk on opponents repeatedly. Nevertheless, Biyombo is still one of many options Bryan Colangelo has here, with the preferred one being improving the Raptors’ backcourt situation. If Brandon Knight is indeed off the board, Kemba Walker appears to be the favorite here, although the team has yet to make any final decisions. Yahoo! Sports

April 21, 2011 Updates

Ten to fifteen agents are calling. It's driving Josh Harrellson crazy, but it's a good thing. They all have a pitch. "They can make me move up in the draft, talk to a couple of teams and give me some workouts, make me better," says Josh Harrellson. The former UK standout who is the people's choice doesn't have time to think about losing to UConn in the NCAA tournament. He is finishing school, traveling the state with his Jorts tour and making sure he stays in shape. To his clothing line. If you would have told him last year he'd have a clothing line, "Probably would have just did what I did now, laugh," said Harrellson. "Never would have thought about it. Never would have believed it. It's amazing what happens with hard work and dedication." LEX18.com

April 5, 2011 Updates

Kentucky senior Josh Harrellson has withdrawn from the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The 6-foot-10 forward has been recommended by the UK medical staff to not have any physical activity for a week due to flu-like symptoms. The prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is the NBA's top pre-draft camp for college seniors. Harrellson was expected to participate in the tournament that runs from April 6-9, 2011 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va. WKYT

April 2, 2011 Updates

Can a single tweet change the course of college basketball history and lead to an NBA career? In the case of Kentucky and Josh Harrellson, it just might. After he grabbed 26 rebounds in an intra-squad scrimmage last October, the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Harrellson thought Kentucky coach John Calipari owed him some props. Calipari obviously didn't agree, prompting Harrellson to voice his displeasure. In the old days before the Internet, smart phones and social networking Harrellson might have pulled aside a newspaper beat writer and bent his ear a bit, or groused to an assistant coach, hoping his grievance might makes it way back to Calipari. Now, all anyone has to do to voice an opinion, a complaint, or what they're eating for breakfast in 140 characters or less is pull out a cell phone and punch the Twitter app. "Just amazing to me I can't get a good job or way to go," Harrellson tweeted after his perceived snub. "Yes he has been working hard this off season ... It is just amazing to me but I look past it and keep trucking!" NBA.com

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