Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

At this point last year Frank Kaminsky was the big man on campus at Wisconsin. He was just starting out his senior year in Madison and on his way to a Championship Game appearance and the National Player of the Year Award.

We’re not in Wisconsin anymore.

Kaminsky hasn’t gotten much playing time as a rookie with the Charlotte Hornets but this past week could best be described as a rude awakening. It started off last Friday when the Hornets visited the Bulls. Kaminsky is from the Chicago area and he often got to hang around the Bulls players as a kid as his aunt worked for the team. In his homecoming and in front of friends and family, Big Frank shot just 2-9 in a loss to the Bulls. Two days later against Portland, Kaminsky received the first DNP-CD of his career.

Two days later the Hornets visited MSG to take on the Knicks. Kaminsky was then upstaged by another rookie, Kristaps Porzingis who unleashed the 7’3″ Latvian version of Hakeem Olajuwon’s legendary “Dream Shake” on poor Kaminsky:

Then on Thursday Kaminsky called into the Dan Patrick Show where he admitted that he wouldn’t want to play his 52-year-old owner Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one because he doesn’t want to lose.

To cap the week off the Hornets took on the NBA’s worst “team”, the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. If the 76ers won, that would have been the lead in this story but the Hornets were victorious. However, Kaminsky was on the receiving end of a Jerami Grant dunk that may have created Big Frank’s first NBA poster:

Keep your head up, Frank. Things can only get better from here. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Wisconsin basketball this season.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at