Jamal Mashburn: Business considerations could factor into Kentucky NCAA bid

Jamal Mashburn - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
Jamal Mashburn – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

received a rousing ovation from a sea of wearing blue on Friday night at the SEC Tournament when he accepted the  legends award at halfcourt at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

It has been 20 years since Mashburn earned SEC Player of the Year and first team honors while leading the Wildcats to the 1993 Final Four. Mashburn, a one-time all-star, finished his professional career with more than 11,000 points before blossoming into a successful entrepreneur.

Mashburn, who owns 40 Papa John’s restaurants, 38 Outback Steakhouses, two car dealerships and partners with in a horse racing stable, believes business considerations could factor into the selection committee’s decision regarding Kentucky.

“The one thing I’ve always said since I played professional basketball is I understand the business of basketball,” Mashburn said on Friday night.

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