All year, the players have taken turns blogging for CoachCal.com, and now, it’s Willie Cauley-Stein’s turn. Willie opens up about his ankle injury, and how tough it was not to be able to play the second half against Louisville and against Michigan. He starts off by telling readers that he’s not sure if he can play on Saturday, but says he is able to put pressure on his ankle now, which he wasn’t able to before. So, that’s a good sign.
My favorite part of the piece is when Willie talks about the celebration after the Michigan win, and how he hobbled onto the court to celebrate with his teammates while trying not to further injure his ankle. Willie said that UK’s run right now shows they’ve got the fight in them to win the National Championship:
We were all just so happy for each other. I know my teammates are all saying they are trying to win it for me, which is cool, but it just shows how much we’ve grown, how much everybody’s really invested in each other. I’ve repeatedly told them coming in I’ve never won a championship before and that was kind of what I was playing for. I wasn’t playing for anything else but to win a championship, so I think that kind of carried over to everybody else. Obviously people think that, but I think there a lot of guys that don’t play for just that. I think that’s why we’ll be down 15 and come back and win every game. That’s just that will to win. That’s that fight in us now.
Willie says he’s excited to go to Dallas, but hopes “it’s better weather this time.” Me too, buddy. It’s an awesome read, so stop what you’re doing and check it out: