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Cleanthony Early doesn’t think his Knicks squad would lose to Kentucky


New York Knicks rookie forward Cleanthony Early on Thursday insisted there is no chance that the Kentucky Wildcats could beat his NBA team, despite the nightmarish season the woeful 14-58 squad is suffering through.

The entire “Could Kentucky beat an NBA team?” dialogue stems from SMU head coach Larry Brown saying last week that Kentucky could very well qualify for the playoffs in the league’s Eastern Conference. Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams went all Jim Mora when asked about the notion.

Early shares Williams’ sentiments, taking it even a step further by suggesting that Kentucky couldn’t even beat an NBA team in a game, let alone qualify for the playoffs.

“I doubt it, I doubt it,’’ Early said when asked if the Wildcats could beat the Knicks (or any other NBA team, for that matter), via the New York Post. “I completely doubt it. It’s a different game – in the paint – it’s 10 times more physical. I doubt it. Everybody makes statements they believe in. Some people believe that. I’m one of the people who don’t. I don’t have the same opinion [as Brown].’’

Granted, Early made his comments before the Wildcats went out and absolutely demolished West Virginia, laying a savage beatdown on the Mountaineers to the tune of a 78-39 throttling on Thursday night. Still, it’s unlikely even such a lopsided victory in a Sweet 16 game would change Early’s opinion.

Early, who starred for two seasons at Wichita State, also stated his belief that his Shockers could hold their own in an Elite Eight match-up with the Wildcats, which would have occurred had the Shockers won on the Thursday night. Wichita State unfortunately won’t get the chance to upend the Kentucky juggernaut as the team lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Thursday by a score of 81-70.

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