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NBA players react on twitter to UConn beating Kentucky for NCAA championship

Apr 8, 2014, 1:16 AM EDT

Every NBA player had the night off — no games in the Association — and most of them spent the night the same way you did: Watching the NCAA Championship game. They saw a great performance by Shabazz Napier (he got a lot of twitter love from NBA players) and saw UConn knocking off Kentucky for the Huskies fourth national title.

And they were tweeting about it, too.

Here are some of the highlights from NBA players on twitter during the game:

Note: Rudy Gay played at UConn.

  1. cbking05 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Was the game tonight?

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:22 AM


      Especially with no NBA on tonight

  2. abchome - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    How did those franchise saviors – Wiggins, Embiid, Randle, Smart, Parker… – perform in the championship game?

    • casualcommenter - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      Kevin Durant didn’t make it to the Sweet 16 when he played in Texas.
      He actually lost in the second round to USC.

      I guess he must not be a franchise cornerstone player. Oh well.

      • casualcommenter - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:05 AM

        Moral of the story for all those who haven’t been following basketball for very long: College success doesn’t always translate to NBA success, and lack of success in college doesn’t doom a player to failure once he gets to the pros.

        Tyler Hansborough was a terrific college basketball player who had great individual success and whose college teams were very successful. In the NBA, he’s a role player who comes off the bench.

        Meanwhile, Andre Drummond did terribly in the NCAA tournament, as the Huskies lost in the first round.

        Would anyone here prefer to have Tyler Hansborough over Andre Drummond on their NBA team?

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:24 AM


        Educate these goobers.

      • ranfan12 - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        Where’s Ron Simmons when you need him

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Right on the money Casual……you guys remember that 03 UNC squad (03 i think was the year), had all those projected first round pics…..only Raymond Felton is a starter and only Marvin Williams is still in the league.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM


        Nail on the head.!!

      • money2long - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        Casual taking two extremes and makin a point and u guys go with it. Not saying he’s wrong but there’s another side. You just never know who will succeed and who will get flustered at the next level.

  3. bballhistorian - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Should the Kentucky freshman stay one more year to try to win it all?

    • pharohislife - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:40 AM


    • unxpexted1 - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      The harrison twins need to but….just cause they’re not ready. I like James young and Randle though

  4. 00maltliquor - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    The Heat should be able to draft Shabazz Napier, so LeBron might get his boy. He’d be a welcome upgrade (I’m sure, I can’t say I represent the team in any way) and ready to go from the jump since he’s an older player.

    I’m sure they would be looking for a big, but that late in the 1st all that would probably be left that would be 6”9 Patric Young or 6”8 Cleanthony Early. Not quite the big they are looking for, I’m sure. If Napier is available they should snag him.

  5. ravenswhat - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Napier is a big time player who somehow flew under the radar. Not sure why. He’s going to play for 10 years In the NBA and have a solid career as a 2nd unit guy.

  6. kb2408 - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Long live the “true” Fab Five (Michigan)!! Thank you, UConn.

    • nolanwiffle - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      The University of Michigan doesn’t even recognize their accomplishments. Why should we?

      • paleihe - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Cause we’re not bound by arbitrary laws created by the NCAA.

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