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Calipari confirms Malik Monk missed practice because of lower back bruise


In today’s press conference, John Calipari shed a little light on what could be bothering Malik Monk. After Monk fell hard on his butt vs. Arkansas, he had to sit out two days of practice this week to rest his lower back, which Cal said may have affected his play yesterday.

“Well, he didn’t practice this week because he had a lower back, butt bruise, whatever you want to call it. He didn’t practice for two days.

If you watched the game last night, you could probably hear and or see Calipari screaming “DRIVE THE BALL” at Monk throughout. Monk was 0-6 from the three-point line, so Calipari wanted him to take his game inside to at least get something.

“But what I liked was that he took 2s. He drove the ball. He made free throws. Because you’re not going to be on every game, so you just don’t take 12 3s, then. You’re not on today. Get the ball to the basket, get fouled, take 2s. He’s a great 2-point shooter. They’ll still play him to three because he can make seven in a row.”

Like all of us, Cal has faith that at some point, the shots are going to fall for Monk.

“He’s one of those ones you say, man, he’s due,” Cal said of Monk. “Let’s just hope he’s due. Come on, he’s had about three games where he hasn’t made some shots. …He’ll break out at some point because he’s too talented, and he’s got a great spirit about him.”

Let’s just hope it’s tomorrow.

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9 Comments for Calipari confirms Malik Monk missed practice because of lower back bruise

  1. Han
    5:17 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

    Well, another year without a repeat champion.

    And there’s a chance we could end up getting revenge on Wisky.

  2. AGSlater
    5:19 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

    This sucks. He already has been bad. Our team sucks even more

    • catsarerunnin
      5:49 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

      “Our” team?? That’s rich since you’re not a fan of “our” team. But you do know a lot about who and what sucks.

    • 4everblue
      9:01 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

      If this site had a site transfer feature I would have transferred him over to the UofL site, that’s where this douche bag belongs.

  3. henderblue
    8:00 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

    “Our team”, Slater? Who you trying to kid? No doubt in my mind you’ll be for the Shockers tomorrow. We’ll see if you got anything to say tomorrow afternoon.

  4. AGSlater
    8:41 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah ill prob be complaining more because they might lose

    • 4everblue
      8:59 pm March 18, 2017 Permalink

      Complaining is what you’re good at, you sure as hell are not a UK fan.

  5. chris43
    1:15 am March 19, 2017 Permalink

    Not sure if he’ll be 100% tomorrow but I sure hope so. If we can make it through tomorrow he should be good to go by next week. We’ll def need him at full strength and hitting in the Sweet 16 and beyond. He’s my favorite player on the team. I hate to see him leaving. I’m just hoping he goes nuts for the remaining games. BIG BLUE NATION lets get rowdy tomorrow! GO BIG BLUE!

    11:18 am March 19, 2017 Permalink

    Malik has some sort of serious illness, much worse than just a back bruise. It appears he has lost about 10-15 pounds since November. His energy is gone. His enthusiasm is gone. His hustle is gone. I think we will hear soon that there are some serious issues with Malik’s health. If I am wrong, that just says bad things about Malik in general, and I don’t think Malik is lazy or just doesn’t care.