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Notebook: Azubuike Returns For Junior year

don’t leave me all alone. Just drop me off at home

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Kansas News

Veteran NBA assistant coach breaks down where Azubuike needs to improve most | Tale of the Tait |
Before we put the whole Udoka Azubuike testing the NBA waters issue to bed, let’s be clear on one thing: Azubuike did not miss out on a chance to leave school early because of his lack of a jump shot.

Notebook: KU veteran receivers show progress |
Hasan Defense spent the spring lining up against University of Kansas receivers, fixated on stopping them from making catches.

Udoka Azubuike explains decision to return to KU for junior season | Tale of the Tait |
"I received good feedback from many sources around the NBA over the last month but in the end, after discussing with my family and coaches, we decided it would be in my best interest to return to Kansas for my junior year," Azubuike said in the release. "I want to thank the people in the NBA who gave me this opportunity. I believe it was an important step as I chase my dream to play basketball at the highest level. I'm looking forward to next season and can't wait to get to work with my teammates. Rock Chalk!"

KU's Late Night set for Sept. 28 |
Kansas basketball fans who count down to the official beginning of yet another KU season on the hardwood have to be thrilled by Tuesday's news that the 34th annual Late Night in the Phog season tip-off event will take place on Sept. 28 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Texas prep forward Jalen Wilson chooses Michigan over KU basketball, others
Jalen Wilson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior-to-be small forward from Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, on Wednesday committed to play basketball at Michigan.

Udoka Azubuike withdraws from NBA draft. Here's what his return means for KU
I had one prevailing thought following Wednesday's announcement that center Udoka Azubuike will be returning to Kansas for his junior season: Welcome back to Bill Self's wheelhouse.

KU's Bill Self speaks on what his involvement will be with school's AD search
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self expects to be involved with the school's search for a new athletic director following the firing of Sheahon Zenger last week.

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LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers, 33, shrugs -- I'm only as old as I feel
"They always kind of talked about the NBA prime is like 27 [until] like 31, 32. That's if you're lucky, you'll get to that point," James, 33, said Wednesday. "I don't know. I've just never really bought into that. I've never bought into a ceiling, either. You guys [in the media] talked about what's your ceiling, and I've always kind of told you guys that I don't really have a ceiling. I want to just try to maximize as much as I can and be as good as I can."

Kevin Durant, LeBron James say they don't care if some are tired of seeing Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals
"I think it's great," the Warriors forward said Wednesday. "You just get a great set of players on the court. I mean, it may not be as suspenseful as a lot of people may want it to be or as drama-filled, but that's what you've got movies and music for."

Zach Lowe 2018 NBA Finals preview - What to watch in Warriors-Cavaliers
It's not a good sign that anyone contemplated Crowder's untapped relevance for this Finals -- and whether the guy Cleveland got for him, the crumbling Rodney Hood, might win back his role in a series that requires maximum wing players.

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Bryan Colangelo’s Wife Could Be The Person Behind Woodergate
Twitter account Did the Sixers win? uncovered the key clue. It, at the very least, doesn’t rule out that Barbara Bottini, Colangelo’s wife, has the phone number connected with three of the five burners:

How to Talk to Little Kids
There are some who receive the title of “Fun Aunt/Uncle [Name]” with every child they hang out with. And there are others who feel awkward around little kids (“Um, what is she thinking and why is she looking at me like that?”). I am here to help the latter group. Because there may be times when you, a distinguished adult, will need to engage with these small people—say, if you’re sitting next to your cousin’s daughter at the family reunion or trying to win points with your new girlfriend’s son. You can do it. Kids can be wonderful conversationalists if they feel you are genuinely interested in them. Really. They’re just like us!