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PJ Washington “really wants to play” but Calipari not ready to say that he will

PJ Washington (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Will PJ Washington play against Wofford Saturday or not?

No one seems to know.

The Kentucky sophomore missed Thursday’s NCAA Tournament win over Wofford after he sprained his foot in the SEC Tournament semifinals, according to coach John Calipari. Initially the UK coach said he would play Thursday after X-rays were negative and his foot was in a walking boot. Then Thursday Washington suddenly had a hard cast on his leg.

After the win over Abilene Christian Calipari said Washington might be able to play Saturday during his postgame press conference. Ten minutes later he told ESPN that Washington would not play.

Friday he said that Washington would be “out” for the second round game. Then he expanded on that a bit more.

“What they’re going to do at some point is cut the cast off and say how — they just thought it would heal faster. I know there’s all this, it’s a conspiracy,” Calipari said.

Many Kentucky fans do wonder what Calipari is not telling them. Some are suggesting Washington is not playing to avoid jeopardizing his NBA future — a theory I simply cannot believe some would even suggest. Others believe Washington’s injury is much more serious than reported or that he might have got hurt in practice and not the tournament game.

“I’m telling you, it was negative in every X-ray, MRI. We even did an RIM. It’s sprained. But we just — and you guys that know me know that I’m overly cautious because it’s these kids’ careers, and I get it,” Calipari said Friday.

“I know this, he really wants to play, but I also want to feel comfortable that if he gets on the court that there’s nothing he can do to himself, and the doctors have pretty much said that. So it’s just, okay, when is it healed enough that he can go.”

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  1. His absence has everything to do with his NBA hopes, what else could it be? He is either ready to play or he’s not, or just maybe extra care is being taken to prevent further damage to an injury he received that may well damage his NBA future. That is what is going on here in my view. My question, is it an ankle injury, or in the arch area, and how did it happen? They reported it was on the bottom of the foot. Who knows, but it is a strange turn of events right here at NCAA tournament time, especially when Calipari says an X-ray and MRI was negative. There is always lots of drama with Calipari’s teams. Again. I’m not sure UK can advance much further without Washington on the floor. I hope I’m wrong.

  2. I am weary of all this intrigue and mystery.

    Tell us the facts. The BBN can handle the truth.

  3. Say what you will…
    This entire season has been an enigma.

  4. Guys I really think we need to set back and see what unfolds before making any more excuses like I did yesterday. I prop that his dad maybe holding him back. Now my second thoughts is just play it by ear and go on cheer on the cats because they will need it. Go Cats!!!

  5. The bigs aren’t the problem with this team, its the guards. PJ playing or not playing will not determine the outcome of this game. Can we guard the 3 point line? I guess we will soon find out.

    1. Your kidding right? I disagree Catmandoo, because without PJ, UK is a different team against a strong opponent, just like they were without Travis Reid. The UK bigs have to play a complete game, and PJ gives them another top scorer, rebounder, and defender. Of course our guards will need to do their part, and UK defenders need to stop or slow down Wofford’s 3 point shooters, especially Magee, but dismissing PJ like he does not contribute anything to this team is plain wrong. I think UK could lose this game without him, especially if UK gets into foul trouble.

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