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Lakers’ Henry jams over former KU teammate Withey

[Hmmm. What to write about for our 'Hawks in the NBA blog? What to write? Oh, a couple former Kansas basketball teammates played against each other Tuesday night. I guess it wouldn't hurt to check that out and lead with … HOLY MOTHER OF MONSTER JAMS!]

What on earth did Jeff Withey do to Xavier Henry when they both lived in Lawrence and played for KU to ignite his wrath?

Poor Withey. Let's read a transcript of the fake dialogue that happened on the play:

Withey: "Oh, there's my old buddy, Xavier. Better slide over to cut him off. Hey, X. What the … ?"

[Lakers bench explodes, L.A. fans lose it.]

Withey: "Man, I thought we were friends. Doesn't he remember the good old days?"

Jeff Withey, left, Xavier Henry, center, and Elijah Johnson dance during a freshman skit at the 2009 Late Night in the Phog.

Jeff Withey, left, Xavier Henry, center, and Elijah Johnson dance during a freshman skit at the 2009 Late Night in the Phog. by Richard Gwin

Henry: "Nah. But I remember that time I did this."

Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry, top, goes up for a dunk as New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry, top, goes up for a dunk as New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

And scene.

Actually, ESPN Los Angeles writer Dave McMenamin asked Henry about the play against his former KU cohort after the game:


Oh, man. Henry even tweeted about the dunk that earned him the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter's Top 10:


That dialogue might have been pretty accurate.

Anyway, the dunk of the night and Henry's 15 points busted him out of a four-game slump and helped the Lakers whoop the Pelicans, 116-95.

Meanwhile, this was actually the best game of rookie Withey's young career: nine points, five rebounds, one block in 18 minutes. And he learned an important lesson: challenge the shot or hustle yourself out of the way before you get posterized.


Getting away from Jayhawk-on-Jayhawk crime, the Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers (15 points, seven assists in a 118-95 beatdown of the Bucks) spent most of the night confusing Milwaukee's Khris Middleton, a former Texas A&M standout, with highlight-worthy passes. Helps to have that LeBron guy finishing the plays, too.


After helping the two-time defending champion Heat win again, Chalmers, like many former Jayhawks in the NBA, watched KU knock off Duke at the Champions Classic.

Here's what some of the guys were tweeting about the 94-83 win.

Chalmers enjoyed the show.


Cole Aldrich took to Twitter to hit up KU recruit Tyus Jones, who will announce his college choice Friday.


Brandon Rush provided succinct analysis.


Markieff Morris liked what he saw.


But perhaps the best tweet came well before tipoff, when Chalmers trash-talked Heat teammate and Duke alum Shane Battier — and didn't even have the common decency to use the man's twitter handle. #smh


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A KU fan’s guide to the 2013-14 season

By Nick Gerik & Benton Smith

It's been a long time since we rolled out the 'Hawks in the NBA here at KUsports.com, but we're excited to bring it back.

The 2013-14 NBA season is just a couple weeks old now, so we'll get things started by catching up with the 14 former Kansas Jayhawks currently making their marks — or trying to earn playing time — around The Association.

From rookie Ben McLemore to vet Paul Pierce, this should be an exciting season in the NBA for the guys who honed their skills in Allen Fieldhouse.


Cole Aldrich

New York Knicks (2-4)

New York Knicks center Cole Aldrich (45) dunks during an NBA basketball scrimmage at Columbia University, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

New York Knicks center Cole Aldrich (45) dunks during an NBA basketball scrimmage at Columbia University, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

When we saw him last: If you looked closely during an Oklahoma City Thunder game last season, you might have seen Aldrich at the end of the Thunder's bench or playing in garbage time. He became a free agent for the first time this summer and landed a contract with New York.

What has he done so far this season?: Until Sunday night, not a whole lot. Aldrich played nine minutes in a blowout loss to the Spurs. Before that he registered four DNP's and one minute. Now that center Tyson Chandler is out for a few weeks, maybe Aldrich will actually become part of the Knicks' rotation. At least he grabbed seven boards against the Spurs.


Darrell Arthur

Denver Nuggets (1-4)

Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur (00) reacts after Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng gets a free-throw during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The Bulls won 94-89. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur (00) reacts after Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng gets a free-throw during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The Bulls won 94-89. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

When we saw him last: Arthur spent most of 2012-13 getting back up to speed after a ruptured Achilles cost him the previous season. He averaged 16 minutes as a reserve in his fourth season with the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis was swept in the Western Conference finals, and it traded Arthur to Denver over the summer.

What has he done so far this season?: A logjam of forwards in Denver, coupled with a first-year coach who hasn’t decided on a rotation, hasn’t given Arthur much time to shine in the first five games. It’s early, though, and he’s coming off a 26-minute game on Friday — his longest outing so far. Sunday, his coach hinted more minutes could be in store after news broke that Nuggets starting center JaVale McGee will be out indefinitely with a stress fracture.


Mario Chalmers

Miami Heat (4-3)

Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers (15) is seen during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers (15) is seen during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

When we saw him last: Chalmers won his second NBA title with the Heat in June, playing over 40 minutes and scoring 20 and 14 in the series-deciding Games 6 and 7 against the San Antonio Spurs.

What has he done so far this season?: Chalmers is a starter again in his sixth NBA season (all with Miami), averaging a steady, superstar-supporting 10 points, five assists and two steals a game. Once everyone’s favorite verbal punching bag, Chalmers is now a battle-tested vet … though he’s still learning to control his elbows and pre-game cravings.


Nick Collison

Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) shoots against the Utah Jazz during a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) shoots against the Utah Jazz during a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

When we saw him last: Collison, a back-up post player for one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and his OKC teammates figured on a much deeper run through the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Once Russell Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury, however, the Thunder couldn't get past the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round.

What has he done so far this season?: Considering he's only playing about 17 minutes a game, averaging 6.0 points and 2.0 rebounds and missed Sunday's game against Washington with a bruised hip, it's safe to say Collison's highlight of the new season came when he won Halloween. The Jayhawk great nailed his costume, going as Walter White, from "Breaking Bad." Check out the photos from his Instagram.


Xavier Henry

Los Angeles Lakers (3-5)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry, upper left, puts up a shot as Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, left, and Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, of the Dominican Republic, defend during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 105-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry, upper left, puts up a shot as Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, left, and Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, of the Dominican Republic, defend during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 105-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

When we saw him last: Henry was in his second season with the New Orleans Hornets (R.I.P.) in 2012-13, and when he wasn’t injured, he just wasn’t playing — 12.5 minutes in 50 games. Henry was a trade throw-in from Memphis and was never part of New Orleans’ plans. Dismissed as a 22-year-old has-been, Henry became a free agent over the summer and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in September.

What has he done so far this season?: XAVIER HENRY HAS SHOWN HE'S THE SECOND COMING OF KOBE BRYANT!!! ... ahem ... What we meant to write was that Henry’s been impressive. He showed flashes in the preseason and then got the league’s attention with a 22-point, nationally televised Laker debut on opening-night. On the whole, he’s been up and down — 18 points in his first start on Nov. 3; a total of 16 points in the four games since then — but coach Mike D'Antoni seems to be smitten with his talent. Henry’s biggest blemish has been his free-throw shooting — just 61 percent for his career and down to 54 percent (22 of 41) in his fourth season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMpZvA9J9e8


Kirk Hinrich

Chicago Bulls (2-3)

Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Heat won 107-95. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Heat won 107-95. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

When we saw him last: Hinrich played big minutes for the 2012-13 Bulls in place of sidelined starter Derrick Rose, culminating with a 60-minute stint in a triple-overtime victory against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. Hinrich injured his calf in that ironman performance and didn’t play again. The Bulls eked out a series win without him, then were eliminated by Miami in five games.

What has he done so far this season?: With Rose playing once again, Hinrich has returned to his usual backup role in his 11th season. During Chicago’s slow start, Hinrich has averaged almost eight points, three assists and a TON of accessories.


Ben McLemore

Sacramento Kings (1-5)

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, right, drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, of Australia during the fourth quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Kings won 91-90.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, right, drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, of Australia during the fourth quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Kings won 91-90.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

When we saw him last: The formerly dysfunctional Kings got a new owner, a new GM and a new coach in the offseason and drafted McLemore seventh overall in June. McLemore received plenty of attention for poor shooting and ball-handling in the NBA’s Summer League, but he was much more impressive in the October preseason — 19 points, five-plus rebounds per 36 minutes.

What has he done so far this season?: McLemore scored four points off the bench in his debut, which doubled as the first NBA game he had ever attended. In the three games he’s played more than 20 minutes, McLemore’s scored 19, 15 and 13 points while never shooting worse than 47 percent from the field. His coach loves him and the Kings are talking lineup changes, which could mean an even bigger opportunity soon. 


Marcus Morris

Phoenix Suns (5-2)

Phoenix Suns power forward Marcus Morris (15), right, drives on Denver Nuggets power forward Darrell Arthur (00) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 114-93. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Phoenix Suns power forward Marcus Morris (15), right, drives on Denver Nuggets power forward Darrell Arthur (00) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 114-93. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

When we saw him last: Marcus was playing little to not-at-all near the end of the 2012-13 season, after a trade from the Houston Rockets reunited him with twin Brother Markieff, in Phoenix. Marcus averaged 5.7 points in 16.1 minutes in 23 games with the Suns.

What has he done so far this season?: Marcus isn't starting, but he's playing more and scoring more for the surprising Suns, under new head coach Jeff Hornacek. Averaging 8.4 points and 5.7 rebounds, Marcus has hit double-digit scoring numbers three times already and the Morrii mystique created at KU is growing in Phoenix.


Markieff Morris

Phoenix Suns (5-2)

Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, left, drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Pelicans 101-94. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, left, drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Pelicans 101-94. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

When we saw him last: As the Suns struggled down the stretch, Markieff flashed his potential from time to time, by posting occasional double-doubles or scoring 20 points — he did the latter in two of his last three games to end the season, though he averaged just 8.2 in 82 games.

What has he done so far this season?: As far as sample sizes go, it's a small one, but 2013-14 looks like it could be Kieff's breakout season. He's playing close to 29 minutes off the bench and putting up significant numbers: 17.2 points, 6.8 boards, 62.7 field-goal percentage. And, as Suns digital reporter Matt Petersen notes, Kieff is on fire, of late.

In fact, on Monday afternoon the NBA named Markieff its Western Conference Player of the Week.


Paul Pierce

Brooklyn Nets (2-4)

Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce (34) shoots against Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in New York. Brooklyn won 101-100. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce (34) shoots against Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in New York. Brooklyn won 101-100. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

When we saw him last: After 15 years in Celtics green, Pierce's run with Boston — which included a 2008 NBA championship and Finals MVP — closed in the first round of the East playoffs. The Knicks ousted Pierce and Kevin Garnett in six games in their last hurrah. Celtics brass decided to blow up the roster before Pierce and KG grew any older and traded them both to the Brooklyn Nets.

What has he done so far this season?: It may not always be conventional, but The Truth can still score. Pierce has had one off night, going 1-for-5 in a loss at Washington. Still, he's averaging 13 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in a new role for a talented Brooklyn starting five. The Nets aren't living up to expectations yet, but Pierce and others think that will change soon.


Thomas Robinson

Portland Trailblazers (4-2)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Antawn Jamison (33) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson (41) in the first half of a pre-season NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Antawn Jamison (33) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson (41) in the first half of a pre-season NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

When we saw him last: Drafted by the Kings, T-Rob didn't even last a full season in Sacramento. He finished the year with the Houston Rockets, but they didn't keep him, either. In one of a number of roster moves designed to free cap space for Dwight Howard, the Rockets shipped Robinson off to Portland.

What has he done so far this season?: Well, off the court, this happened: Robinson drove his Porsche 107 MPH. Happens to the best of us, right? On the court, T-Rob hasn't got much run for Portland quite yet. Off the bench, his season-highs are 13 minutes and 10 points. At least he has averaged 5.0 points in 10.8 minutes. Doing this won't hurt his rep, either:


Brandon Rush

Utah Jazz (0-7)

Utah Jazz guard/forward Brandon Rush

Utah Jazz guard/forward Brandon Rush

When we saw him last: Rush’s 2012-13 season with the Golden State Warriors was cut short after just two games when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rush had established himself as a top defender and three-point shooter for the Warriors a year earlier after a trade from the Indiana Pacers. The Warriors replaced his minutes with rookie Harrison Barnes during an exciting 2013 playoff run, and then sent Rush to Utah in a trade that brought All-Star swingman Andre Iguodala to Golden State.

What has he done so far this season?: Rush returned to the court on Nov. 5, a year and three days after his injury, and played almost 10 minutes against the Brooklyn Nets. Rush didn’t attempt a shot, committed two fouls and two turnovers to one assist, and didn’t play in Utah’s next three games. He feels fine, the Deseret News reports, but the Jazz — and Rush — want to get him up to speed on the practice court before more game action.


Tyshawn Taylor

Brooklyn Nets (2-4)

Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor (10) drives past Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor (10) drives past Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

When we saw him last: In 38 games during his rookie season with the Nets, Taylor played limited minutes — double-digits in just four games. Other than a starterless game at the end of the regular season, his biggest contribution was 12 points, including two baskets in overtime, in a mid-February victory. The rest of Taylor’s season was spent in the NBA’s D-League, which he admitted was a good thing.

What has he done so far this season?: The Nets loaded up on talent in the offseason and brought in another backup point guard, so Taylor has yet to see the floor. That means more D-League seasoning for Taylor, who was sent back to Springfield, Mass., for a few days last week. And while he still needs some work on the court (SBNation’s “Ridiculous Upside” blog has more on that here), Taylor has a veteran’s deadpan game off the court.


Jeff Withey

New Orleans Pelicans (3-4)

Charlotte Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions (7) goes to the basket between New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey (5) and forward Lance Thomas (42) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. The Pelicans won 105-84. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Charlotte Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions (7) goes to the basket between New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey (5) and forward Lance Thomas (42) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. The Pelicans won 105-84. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When we saw him last: The big man's KU career ended with 12 points, eight rebounds and five block's in the Jayhawks' Sweet 16 loss to Michigan. In June, Withey was drafted in the second round by Portland and traded to the Pelicans. Yes, the Pelicans. Don't call them the Hornets.

What has he done so far this season?: Withey, who plays behind emerging NBA star Anthony Davis and veterans Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith and Greg Stiemsma, hasn't got off the bench in five of the Pelicans' seven games. He did score his first career points with a pair of free throws against Orlando on Nov. 1, though. We'll see if Withey carves a role with this young team in 2013-14.

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