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NBA Investigating Jay-Z’s Visit Into Kentucky Locker Room

The NBA is investigating a visit into the Kentucky locker room by rapper Jay-Z after the Wildcats’ win over North Carolina on Sunday.

Jay-Z, who is a part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, celebrated with Kentucky players after they defeated North Carolina to advance to the Final Four.

This appears to be a rules violation because the NBA prohibits team personnel from having contact with players who are not yet eligible.

A similar incident occurred in 2007 when Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sat during a game with the mother of then Texas Longhorns star Kevin Durant. Ainge was fined $30,000 for the excessive contact.

As for Kentucky, this will probably be another recruiting tool for coach John Calipari. Actress Ashley Judd is a fixture at Wildcats games, and NBA star LeBron James and rapper Drake have both attended Kentucky games to offer their support in the past.

Jay-Z’s appearance certainly got the Kentucky players excited.

I said, ‘Oh, that’s Jay-Z!‘” freshman forward Terrence Jones said. “We all gave him a handshake and he came in the locker room, and we just kept screaming ‘Jay-Z in the locker room!’ He congratulated us, just said he was proud of us.”

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NBA Writers Discuss Frank-To-Tennessee Rumors

A pair of NBA writers have taken to Twitter to discuss the possibility of Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank taking the head coaching job at Tennessee. 

First, here’s what Chris Mannix of has tweeted on the topic:

Hard to imagine L-Frank bailing on Boston to take UT job.  A source confirmed his interest but Boston’s season likely won’t end until June.

Frank has been a critical part of Doc Rivers coaching staff.  Has assumed Thibodeau’s d-coordinator role and is vocal in practices.

As @WojYahooNBA says, there are no guarantees Frank will be heir apparent to Doc.  Not a discussion they have had.

Danny Ainge respects Frank, has for a long time.  But rival execs believe he prefers a head coach with playing experience.

RT @WojYahooNBA L-Frank doesn’t NEED to take a college job.  He’ll be an NBA head coach again.

For those of you who don’t speak Twitter, @WojYahooNBA is Adrian Wojnarowski who covers the league for Yahoo! Sports.  His tweets on Frank-to-Tennessee are as follows:

As @AlexKennedyNBA reports, Lawrence Frank candidate for Tennessee.  He’s turned back Big East overtures in past year, but UT’s different.

Frank has history in Knoxville as an assistant, and league sources say it’s perhaps only college job that would intrigue him to leave NBA.

With NCAA sanctions likely, UT would likely have to offer long contract and allow Frank to finish Celtics season.  No way he bails on Boston.

LFrank would be an interesting hire for UT.  Excellent tactician/player development, recruiting history/relationships in state’s hotbeds.

As for coach-in-waiting with Celtics should Doc leave, no one knows what Danny Ainge will do.  Frank would be a candidate, but no assurances.

As @ChrisMannixSI says, it isn’t easy to see an SEC school waiting til June to get its new coach full-time — especially one needing players.

There’s no question Frank has become a favorite candidate among Vol fans stunned by the firing of Bruce Pearl.  But would the Frank hire be as good as it would be loud?

Pearl was a college guy with a rah-rah personality.  He enjoyed being a showman.  He was custom made for relating to college athletes and high school recruits.  He was also expected to be a Tennessee lifer.

Frank is used to running a professional team.  His players have been millionaire businessmen.  There’s a big difference between relating to pro athletes and high school prospects.  Plus, Frank would have to recruit against constant rumors that he planned to head back to the NBA.

We write the words, “Never say never,” on this site quite a bit.  Those words should be applied to this situation, too.  But this one looks like more of a smokescreen by Tennessee — or a contract ploy by Frank — than an actual, legitimate courtship.

We shall see.

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