The star transfer doesn’t appear to be a fan of his old head coach.
K.J. Lawson doesn’t appear to be a big fan of Tubby Smith.
The rising sophomore guard who, along with his brother Dedric, is transferring to Kansas from Memphis, is seen on Snapchat cursing his old head coach.
“F–k Tubby,” he’s seen saying.
Here’s the video clip:
MANE IM JUS HAPPY KJ LAWSON ENDED HIS MEMPHIS CAREER ON A HIGH NOTE 💯🙏🏾🙌🏾📶 pic.twitter.com/BUtXEf4j42
— PEOPLE OF MEMPHIS (@PeopleofMemphis) April 13, 2017
The Lawson brothers announced their departure from Memphis earlier this month.
“While we both have enjoyed our time here, the time has come for us to explore some new opportunities. It is for that reason that we are asking for a release from the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball program,” they said in a tweet, even thanking Tubby Smith.
They’re part of an exodus from the Tigers’ program that has seen nearly half of the team’s roster leave.
K.J. and Dedric were two of Memphis’ best players last season and were highly sought-after on the transfer market before ending up at Kansas. Dedric averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds a game, while K.J. averaged 12 and 8. They have two and three years of eligibility remaining, respectively.
Their departure might have had something to do with their father, a former elite high school basketball coach, not being retained by Smith when he was hired.
Smith addressed the Lawsons’ departure in a recent press conference.
From the Commercial Appeal:
“This is a unique place as John Calipari and Josh Pastner and Larry Finch, everybody that I knew. I’ve known all those guys. Tic Price. I’ve been friends with all those people, all those coaches, so we have a pretty good idea of what we needed to achieve and what we need to do. It just takes time. I thought we were well on our way and I appreciated for getting with Keelon Lawson, who was willing to stay here for this year and he did a heckuva job and that’s what I appreciate. He and I have talked about the situation, and obviously I didn’t recruit K.J. and Dedric, so that’s always a challenge. For young people, for families and players, you’ve got to go in and convince them what you’re doing is in their best interests, it’s in the best interests of the program, so just be patient. And I appreciate what they did. Without these guys, we wouldn’t have won 19 games. Can you imagine not having those guys when I got here? If they had left last year, we wouldn’t have won 10 games.”
Jake McDowell, a walk-on at Memphis, has apparently responded to the Snapchat video.
See ya chump #stayclassy
— Jake McDowell (@jakemcdowell_42) April 13, 2017
Memphis’ basketball program has certainly seen better times.