John Clay

John Clay’s notes: Tom Thibodeau, Karl-Anthony Towns could be a potent pair

In this April 5, 2015, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau directs his players during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that the Minnesota Timberwolves have opened negotiations with the former Bulls coach to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations.
In this April 5, 2015, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau directs his players during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that the Minnesota Timberwolves have opened negotiations with the former Bulls coach to be the team's new coach and president of basketball operations. The Associated Press

Random notes:

▪  I’m not sure which is the luckier party: Ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who will be the new Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president, for getting the chance to coach Karl-Anthony Towns, or Karl-Anthony Towns for getting the chance to be coached by Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau, who was 394-255 in five seasons in Chicago, and Towns, Anthony Wiggins, Zach LaVine and a lottery pick in this draft give the T-wolves a very bright future.

▪  Kentucky fans are saying that if prized center prospect Marques Bolden were to commit to Duke, he would have already committed to Duke.

Duke fans are saying that if prized center prospect Marques Bolden were to commit to Kentucky, he would have already committed to Kentucky.

▪  Tuesday night, in his second career start, Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson allowed Colorado just one run over seven innings. If the Reds ever get healthy, they could have a rotation of Raisel Iglesias, Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey, Brandon Finnegan and Robert Stephenson. That’s this year. Not bad.

▪  New Albany, Ind., basketball phenom Romeo Langford has (a) two years of high school left and (b) offers from Duke, Kansas, Indiana, Louisville and, as of Wednesday, Kentucky. We will be hearing a lot more about Romeo.

▪  More hope for the Reds’ future: Cincinnati’s Double-A team, Pensacola, has a 2.03 ERA through 13 games. Rookie Davis, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade, is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA. Amir Garrett has a 2.00 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 18 innings. Nick Travieso is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA.

▪  Marcus Lee told ESPN on Wednesday that he is serious about going to the NBA. He is not serious enough to hire an agent, however.

▪  Happy retirement to John Clougherty, the former college basketball official who was the ACC’s coordinator of officials for the past 11 seasons. I once did a feature on Clougherty, who admitted that officials could call a foul on every play if they wished.

▪  Those new luxury tailgating suites Kentucky is renting for next season at up to $8,000 a game? Think I saw one of those on HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters.

▪  Kentucky’s announced spring game crowd of 28,441 was bigger than those of Texas A&M (27,412), Missouri (24,473), LSU (21,000), Mississippi State (15,717) and Vanderbilt (3,500).

▪  On Twitter, Reds (now former) closer J.J. Hoover is known as J.J. Groover.

▪  If you told me the Reds were going to be 8-7 after playing the Pirates, Cubs and Cardinals, among others, I’d have said I’ll take it.

▪  If you missed it, ex-Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles completed just two of four passes for 5 yards during Boston College’s spring football game last Saturday. Towles is a graduate transfer at BC. The game’s final score was 6-2. As a reader pointed out, however, Boston College had the nation’s No. 1 defense statistically a year ago.

▪  Kentucky baseball’s biggest challenge now will be to turn the page on those losses to Louisville, including Tuesday’s 7-6 U of L comeback win, and focus on remaining SEC play.

▪  Jordan Spieth is still thinking about that 12th hole at Augusta, right?

▪  All across the country Wednesday, college coaches delighted to the sound of contract bonus money being deposited into their bank accounts thanks to high APR scores.

▪  The Kentucky Oaks suffered a tough break, losing expected prohibitive favorite Songbird, who spiked a fever after winning the Santa Anita Oaks. It’s a big win for bettors, however. Expect big prices on Oaks Day.

▪  RIP Pearl Washington, the former Syracuse point guard who lost his fight with brain cancer on Wednesday at age 52. Washington was practically a legend even before he reached Syracuse and was part of a golden age of college basketball we’re not likely to see any time soon.

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