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John Calipari tells Jim Rome PJ Washington did not practice and hints at Brad Calipari’s future

John Calipari made a surprise appearance this afternoon on The Jim Rome Show.  Speaking for the first time since P.J. Washington published a video of himself walking without a cast, Calipari said he still does not know Washington’s status this weekend.

“Don’t know.  He didn’t practice today, but he’s out of the cast,” Calipari said.  “He’s moving around, but will he play?  It’s day to day.  I’m hoping that he gets some time so we see where he is.”

WKYT captured this image of Washington leaving Lexington this afternoon.

Washington’s status is of course the most pressing matter at hand.  Rome also asked him about surviving in the wilderness with Mark Few and the Sweet 16 matchup with Houston, among other topics.  In closing, Rome asked Calipari what it’s like to coach his son.

“Unbelievable.  Everyday I see him.  I give him a hug.  I give him a kiss.  He redshirted because he’s going to have two years to play if he chooses to.  He can go to another school, a smaller school where he’ll play more.  I think he’ll stay here,” Calipari said before going to his line about sleeping with that kid’s mother.

When Brad announced his intention to redshirt just before the start of the season, John Calipari explained they made the move to give his son a chance to play for two years during grad school.  Many people (including my radio partner and former KSR writer, T.J. Walker) did not buy that explanation, positing the younger Calipari wanted to become a grad transfer.  Today’s statement certainly seems to give that theory legs.

You can listen to Calipari address P.J. near the beginning and Brad near the end of the 12-minute interview on CBS Sports Radio.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

38 Comments for John Calipari tells Jim Rome PJ Washington did not practice and hints at Brad Calipari’s future



  1. Numberniner
    3:22 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    PJ looked good walking, heck he beat other players to get on the bus!!! PJ flirts with a triple-double on his return tourdebut!!



    • Truth_Hurts
      3:38 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      This would be great. I think he plays Friday but I don’t think he’s going to play enough minutes. I imagine they’ll some what limit his minutes. Maybe 6-10 per half.



    • snoopjdawg
      5:13 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      He will play a lot of minutes IMHO. He is in great shape and should be really fresh with the break. Reid Travis didn’t miss a beat when he returned.



  2. BigJohnC
    3:32 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    I think he’s just keeping the opponent guessing. Idk just a thought



  3. BigJohnC
    3:33 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    Postpone it another day, that’s one less day of preparation. They’ll have to go with a two way game plan which will indeed make it more complicated anyhow you look at it.



  4. John Capilari
    3:44 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    Reminds me of watching the door for Cal in Memphis, except PJ actually came out!



    • loosey101
      3:50 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      Only old school KSR fans will remember that! Haven’t felt that level of anxiousness/excitement since.



    • Ridge Runner
      4:33 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      Damn if old school is watching the door for Cal at Memphis… watching Kevin Grevey hoist left handed shots puts me hanging out at the graveyard.



    • runningunnin.454
      4:39 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      RR, just be glad you don’t remember Johnny Cox and Vernon Hatton.



    • nocode96
      4:41 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t remind us rg



    • Ridge Runner
      4:54 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah runnin’.. I hear ya. But those folks are “experienced fans”. Wink-wink

    • Again, I remember Issel, Lyons, and Payne.



  5. Brutal Hustler
    3:47 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    Brad’s finishing his undergrad in just 2 years? That’s 4 times faster than Nick Roush finished his!



    • BUCats
      5:20 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      This is Brad’s third year.



  6. a21CATSfan
    3:47 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    TJ is about 0-for-everything when it comes to prognostications. I’ll put my house on him staying, then. CATS



    • Alex90
      4:00 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      TJ be like…..All signs point to him committing elsewhere and he even said UK is not an option but I feel good about UK’s chances and think he commits here soon



    • Carcrook
      12:10 am March 28, 2019 Permalink

      Who’s TJ?



    • Carcrook
      12:28 am March 28, 2019 Permalink

      Never mind



  7. gasman01
    4:04 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    I doubt Cal uses him unless he has to on Friday. Foul trouble would probably force him to if PJ can go at all.



  8. Swizzle
    4:14 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    Sack up Nancy we have a title to win.



  9. chrislarkey
    4:34 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    No one ever expected PJ to play, it don’t take a genius to figure that out.



    • nocode96
      4:43 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      “It don’t” huh? I expected him to play. The majority around here did too. Your conclusive “no one” is provably false.



    • 4everUKblue
      4:48 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      This guy says some stupid stuff. Don’t he? Haha



    • chrislarkey
      4:54 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      No, not really. I do have a right to say what I think. If it hurts your feelings then sorry snowflakes, go color or play with play-dough.



    • nocode96
      5:31 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      Such a response is expected. “Snowflakes” isn’t edgy anymore man. You can say whatever you want, and I’ll always defend you’re right to say it. But, do t get butthurt when folks call you on your BS. Grow up. Secondly, you presented something as fact that was easily disproven. You, and a certain chunk of American bigots need to realize your opinion on something doesn’t make it a fact, nor does you getting personally offended mean you can’t be criticized and called out for the crap you say.



    • MrPioneer
      6:29 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      I’ve come to realize that people calling others “snowflakes”, are actually the “snowflakes” themselves because they can’t deal with other people disagreeing with them. So rather than forming a logical argument, they resort to dropping “snowflake” and believe they won the argument. Keep on licking those windows, larkey!



    • ibescootch
      6:34 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, I think a lot of us expect him to play, and have expected him to. I’m not sure why you’d assume otherwise. These comment boards have been a debate forum for this exact scenario, which means many people expect him to.



    • chrislarkey
      7:18 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

      A bigot, hahahahaha, I’m far from that and even further from a snowflake.



    • MrPioneer
      11:00 am March 28, 2019 Permalink

      You’re still a loser if “snowflake” is the best comeback you have. Truly pathetic, honestly.



  10. clarks
    4:35 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    If he can play he will. No sense in practicing when the more rest on it the better. Work it a little tomorrow and see how it responds.



  11. Larkin123
    4:35 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    This is too much…



  12. nocode96
    4:45 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    I enjoy this head game. Cal not PJ shouldn’t let anything be known. Why give Houston any type of advantage. Daily reminder that the fans are in no way entitled to full disclosure regarding injuries, despite what some of y’all seem to think. You’re owed nothing.



  13. bigbluecrazy
    4:56 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    Brad Calipari to UPIKE



  14. dballrb
    4:56 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    A pop in the bottom of his foot doesn’t sound good.If hes gaslighting great…If not,his teammates will pick up the slack.



  15. TheBIGGeez
    5:02 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    If he plays great! If he doesn’t then great. No one knows if he will play but him at this point. Would look really bad if PJ came back in action and UK got beat after after all of the “UK needs PJ” drama. Don’t get me wrong, I hope he is there Friday 100%. Just can’t get over all the comments out there about UK NCAA doomsday without him and now comments that Houston better watch out because “he’s back!” Hope we can win with or without him



  16. jim tom
    5:57 pm March 27, 2019 Permalink

    Hope so but just don’t see it happening.