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John Calipari says he will do “back flips” if Reid Travis plays, but not sure when that will be

Reid Travis (Jeff Houchin Photo)


John Calipari was talking about the need for his team to play a complete game after the comeback win over Florida Saturday when he asked media members a question?

“Do you guys know Reid Travis is on our team? You guys do know that, right?

” Calipari said.

Yes, Coach, every media member and UK fan knows that senior center Reid Travis has missed five games with a sprained knee. Kentucky is 4-1 in those games, but has not looked fluid offensively in any of them without Travis.

“But you know, now, you stick him in there, and maybe that lapse doesn’t happen. So hopefully in the tournament stuff, he’ll be ready,” Calipari said.

“Hopefully be ready?” What has happened to everyone feeling good about Travis’ return? Many thought he would play in the Senior Day game, but he still looked gimpy just walking on the court.

I asked Calipari if Travis was where he thought he would be health-wise now after suffering the injury.

“I’ve absolutely stayed out of it. I really haven’t even talked to the doctors because these kids know their bodies, and I don’t want him or anyone to think that I’m pushing him to play if he’s not — if he’s not right,” Calipari said.

The coach said he would ask Travis how he was feeling and the normal answer is better.

“I walk away.

Here is what’s good, it’s not an ACL. He sprained his knee. He’s going to be fine,” Calipari said. “Would I like to have him on my team right now? But not at any expense of his, no.

“We’ll do fine. If he plays, I’ll be doing back flips. If he doesn’t play, we’ll just figure it out.


Back flips?

“I’ve done back flips before, on a trampoline maybe,” the coach said.


  1. Coach speak…will this Reid Vanderbilt saga end like it did last year. Who knows..we may not see Reid play again.

  2. I thought I read a report that said Reid had done some hard running this past week…did that set him back? If I was Reid, I would want to play. There is no tear, just soreness and I would play with a little soreness. I would brace that knee up and start playing, even if it is only for a couple of minutes at a time. 10 – 12 minutes from Reid at this point would be huge. If the knee swells up and gets worse, then give it up, but he might play the soreness out of it too.

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