Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oh, Kentucky

Good jobs news from FranklinHebron and Winchester.

Effective words and picture from Glenn Puit and Tim Preston in the Grayson Journal-Enquirer: "Cashiers on duty at Grayson's K-Mart Big K Monday afternoon said they have been informed of plans to close the store, although they have not been given a closing date. The cashiers said the store employs about 50 workers. It is a retail mainstay in the small community."

Etown loses its tourism chief to BG.

A former Paducah tourism director has taken it upon herself to commence the long process of restoring McCracken County's 83 historical markers, and Leah Shields of WPSD tells how you can help.

A Bardstown antiques collector is offering his Civil War artifacts to a Bardstown museum for half-a-million off. Interesting report by Randy Patrick in The Kentucky Standard.

Manchester now has its own oncology clinic, but Clay County is short on deputy sheriffs.

A downtown block of Henderson is bouncing back to life.

Louisville is losing out on millennials.

Rest in peace, Lebanon's "Dr. Salem," son of immigrant parents, proud St. Augustine School alum, deliverer of more than 6,000 babies and founder of several nursing and other medical facilities in and around Marion County.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Where Are They Now? Start of the 2018-2019 Season

Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
Career (2017)
19.9 MPG, 50.6% FG, 5.5 Reb, 1.5 Ast, 6.9 PTS, 115 ORtg, 105 DRtg

In his second year Miami has already picked up his third year option. If he has another solid year expect a five year contract to be signed. Here's hoping he can build on a very solid rookie season.

Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee Bucks)
Career (2010 - 2017)
27.7 MPG, 44.9% FG, 33.7 % 3PT, 3.8 Reb, 4.7 Ast, 13.8 PTS, 106 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Bledsoe is in the last year of his deal with Milwaukee. He had a solid year last year and then did not show very well in the playoffs. His ORtg was 98 his DRtg was 110. Rumor is Milwaukee is looking to trade him and so look for something to happen by the trade deadline unless he's playing at a very high level.

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Career (2015 - 2017)
32.2 MPG, 42.6% FG, 36.5% 3PT, 3.3 Reb, 3.5 Ast, 19.8 PTS, 104 ORtg, 114 DRtg

If I'm reading his contract correctly he's in the last year of his rookie deal making just over $3 million. Next year that bumps to over $27 million as part of a 5 year deal. So they have him locked in for the next 6 years. Most people see the Suns as a work in progress it will be interesting to see how they improve this year. Booker worked a lot last year on improving his passing, this year we'll see if he can improve his defense. Booker is starting the season injured so we'll also have to see how that impacts this season for him.

Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings)
Career (2015 - 2017)
22.8 MPG, 52.4% FG, 5.6 Reb, 1.4 Ast, 9.4 PTS, 110 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Cauley-Stein is playing in the final year of his rookie contract. The Kings have given him a qualifying offer for next season of just over $6 million. The question is will someone come in and offer him a bigger contract or will he work out something with the Kings. He's said that he is hoping to get locked into a new contract by the end of the year.

DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State Warriors)
Career (2010 - 2017)
32.3 MPG, 46% FG, 33.8% 3PT, 11 Reb, 3.2 Ast, 21.5 PTS, 103 ORtg, 103 DRtg

No one knows what to expect of Cousins. The injury he suffered last year could be a career ender and so no one was too crazy to sign him to a contract. He chose to go with a one year deal in hopes that he can come back and contribute later in the season and show something. Signing with the Warriors was also a critical move as he signs with a team that seems to have good chemistry and for a guy who has such a bad reputation for spoiling team chemistry this could really help him. I really hope things work out for Cousins and would love to see him come back and be the player he has been.

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career (2012 - 2017)
34.8 MPG, 51.7% FG, 34.0% 3PT, 10.3 Reb, 1.9 Ast, 23.4 PTS, 116 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Because of what Davis did at the end of the regular seasons and then in the playoffs he moved himself into a different level of player in the NBA. He has three more years left with New Orleans but everyone is already projecting where he will sign next. If New Orleans can come out and be a top 3 team in the West he will be the leader in MVP discussion this year.

Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City Thunder)

He signed a 2 year rookie contract with the Thunder with a 3rd year option.

De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)
Career (2017)
27.8 MPG, 41.2% FG, 30.7% 3PT, 2.8 Reb, 4.4 Ast, 11.6 PTS, 94 ORtg, 113 DRtg

The Kings has already put a qualifying offer on his fifth year so if he show improvement this year they will looking to lock him into a five year deal.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Los Angeles Clippers)

Gilgeous-Alexander signed a 2 year rookie contract with the Clippers.

Andrew Harrison (Memphis Grizzlies)
Career (2016 - 2017)
21.9 MPG, 37.8% FG, 30.2% 3Pt, 2.1 Reb, 2.9 Ast, 7.5 PTS, 103 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Harrison is in the final deal of a 3 year contract. He'll need to continue to show improvement and stay healthy if he wants to get another contract.

Enes Kanter (New York Knicks)
Career (2011 - 2017)
21.9 MPG, 53.9% FG, 7.3 Reb, 0.7 Ast, 11.7 PTS, 113 ORtg, 107 DRtg

He's in the final year of his contract with the Knicks. He's only 25 years old and I would imagine he'll land on another team if the Knicks don't resign him. Kanter is a bit tough to figure out. His defense is constantly criticized but his 107 DRtg is not horrible and his 113 ORtg is very good. Maybe there just isn't room in the modern NBA for a player with Kanter's skill set.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Hornets)
Career (2012 - 2017)
26.7 MPG, 47.7% FG, 5.9 Reb, 1.2 Ast, 9.1 PTS, 108 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Kidd-Gilchrist has two more years left on his contract with Charlotte. I can't imagine he will finish it out this contract in Charlotte. My guess is he'll land at a contract dump like Brooklyn has been for the last few years so that Charlotte can clear up some space to make some changes. After that who knows. I can't really see him staying in the NBA after his final year on this current contract.

Kevin Knox (New York Knicks)

Knox signed a two year rookie deal with the Knicks.

Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings)
Career (2016 - 2017)
19.9 MPG, 47.6% FG, 4.8 Reb, 8.7 PTS, 105 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Labissiere is in the final year of his rookie deal. He needs to show improvement if he hopes to stick around.

Trey Lyles (Denver Nuggets)
Career (2015 - 2017)
17.5 MPG, 43.5% FG, 35.8% 3Pt, 3.9 Reb, 7.4 PTS, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Lyles is in the final year of his rookie contract. He's a good enough shooter I think he'll stick around the NBA just not sure who he will be playing with.

Jodie Meeks (Washington Wizards)
Career (2009 - 2017)
22.6 MPG, 41.8% FG, 37.2% 3Pt, 2.1 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 9.3 PTS, 111 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Meeks is in the final year of his contract with the Wizards in what I assume will be his final year in the NBA.

Darius Miller (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career (2012 - 2017)
18.5 MPG, 43.5% FG, 39.4% 3Pt, 1.6 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 5.2 PTS, 112 ORtg, 113 DRtg

Miller is in the final year of his contract with New Orleans. If he has a solid year and they want to keep him they will. I don't think he will be playing for anyone else.

Malik Monk (Charlotte Hornets)
Career (2017)
13.6 MPG, 36.0% FG, 34.2% 3Pt, 1.0 Reb, 1.4 Ast, 6.7 PTS, 96 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Monk is in the final year of his rookie contract with a team option for the next two years.

Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)
Career (2016 - 2017)
26.6 MPG, 43.2% FG, 35.9% 3Pt, 3.1 Reb, 2.7 Ast, 13.3 PTS, 109 ORtg, 114 DRtg

Murray will look to improve more this year. He's in the final year of his 3 year rookie deal. I would expect to see him get a five year deal before the year is out if Denver really does see him as their starting point guard.

Nerlens Noel (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Career (2014 - 2017)
26 MPG, 51.2% FG, 7.2 Reb, 1.4 Ast, 9.3 PTS, 102 ORtg, 101 DRtg

Noel got a 2 year deal with Oklahoma City and so he has two years to find a place for himself in the modern NBA. I'm not sure there is one.

Patrick Patterson (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Career (2010 - 2017)
22.7 MPG, 45.5% FG, 37.0% 3Pt, 4.3 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 7.3 PTS, 112 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Patterson has two more years left on his deal with Oklahoma City. He's had a much longer and better career than I think many expected.

Alex Poythress (Atlanta Hawks)
Career (2016 - 2017)
8.4 MPG, 45.0% FG, 33.3% 3Pt, 1.5 Reb, 2.9 PTS, 112 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Poythress is getting a shot with Atlanta here at the beginning of the season. We'll see what comes of it.

Julius Randle (New Orleans Pelicans)
Career (2014 - 2017)
27.8 MPG, 49.3% FG, 8.9 Reb, 2.6 Ast, 13.5 PTS, 106 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Randle got moved to New Orleans in trying to reconfigure the Lakers for Lebron James. It had started looking like he was going to get moved in the summer after a much improved year last year. He has a two year contract with New Orleans.

Rajon Rondo (Los Angeles Lakers)

Career (2006 - 2017)
31.8 MPG, 46.3% FG, 30.9% 3Pt, 4.8 Reb, 8.5 Ast, 10.5 PTS, 104 ORtg, 103 DRtg

Rondo signed a one year deal with the Lakers. No one is sure what to expect of him being on the Lakers but I would assume he is there to help them in the playoffs assuming they make it.

Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Career (2015 - 2017)
34.9 MPG, 54.3% FG, 38.7% 3Pt, 11.7 Reb, 2.4 Ast, 21.6 PTS, 120 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Towns just signed a five year deal with the Timberwolves which locks him in there until the 2023/24 season. Towns will have a lot of pressure this year with all of the Jimmy Butler drama to see what he can do as a leader and a competitor.

Jarred Vanderbilt (Denver Nuggets)

Vanderbilt signed a two year rookie deal with the Nuggets with a 3rd year option.

John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Career (2010 - 2017)
35.9 MPG, 43.2% FG, 32.7% 3Pt, 4.4 Reb, 9.2 Ast, 18.9 PTS, 104 ORtg, 106 DRtg

Wall is in the final year of his five year deal and has signed a four year extension. That will make him a Wizard through age 32.

Oh, Kentucky

Also this weekend, old friends Sen. McConnell and President Trump shared a car ride to a rally in Richmond and celebrated their successes, such as efforts to "change the court system forever!" (I'd really like to know more about that limousine trip, the route they took and whether they got something to eat along the way.)

Good jobs news from Millville.

"Why Whitley"? Why not? Congratulations, Williamsburg, on its first River Fog Festival.

More racing is coming to Franklin and Oak Grove.

Manufacturing Day was a couple of Fridays ago, but Manufacturing Month rolls on.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sweetener by Ariana Grande

I've heard of Ariana Grande but never listened to her so this was my first listen. She has a problem. She is not a strong vocalist. A good pop vocalist but not a strong R&B singer and so she has to be a bit more picky about what she puts on her album. This is not a knock on her talent. No one ever talked about Madonna the great vocalist, but Madonna knew how to pick the songs that played to her strengths. If you limit this album to the songs where Grande was involved in the writing I think you get a pretty strong album because these are the songs that play to her voice better than the rest. That would look like this based on the information available at

1. The Light Is Coming
2. God is a Woman
3. Sweetener
4. Everytime
5. Breathin
6. No Tears Left to Cry
7. Goodnight N Go

Problem is this is a 15 track album. Dropping out the two very short tracks you're looking at 6 songs that just aren't very good. Pharrell Williams is the source of most of these tracks.  Of course the video I've linked to here has over 500 million views so I guess she's doing OK for herself.  Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.