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Kahlil Whitney dislocated his finger… Then got the rebound

Image may contain: 2 people, people playing sportsJust when people may have started to question this team’s toughness (as John Calipari often does), Kahlil Whitney dislocated his finger. If you weren’t watching closely, you could have easily missed it, as there was no stoppage of play. Instead of calling a timeout or even heading to the bench, Whitney ran to the other end of the court and fought for a defensive rebound. His efforts got the ball back to the Wildcats.

Then, he popped his own finger back into place. On the court.

Whitney then looked at his coach, nodded his head and gave him a solid thumbs up, as if to say “I’m ok coach. Leave me in.” Coach Cal clearly didn’t get the hint, because he pulled Whitney to the bench anyway. There were just over two minutes left in the game.

“It was all taped up, but I mentioned it [to the team] after… I mean, think about it. Like, his finger popped out and he went down and tried to rebound that way,” Calipari said in his post-game injury report.

Here’s a video of the accident, if you feel so inclined:

Whitney’s fellow Wildcats were seriously impressed by their teammate’s toughness in that moment.

They don’t call him the dragon for no reason,” Ashton Hagans laughed after the game. “It just shows how much heart he’s got. He’s doing whatever he can do to help his team out, and we appreciate that.”

Nick Richards went even further with his praise.

He’s got that Kobe mentality. I didn’t see his finger, but I heard that it popped out of place,” Richards said. “The fact that he came out and tried to get a rebound, that just shows how mentally tough he is. He’s willing to fight for every possession just so we can get a win.”

KSR’s own videographer Bradley McKee was on the sideline during the game, and he says he even heard the finger pop out of place. Will the injury mean Whitney has to miss any time during the team’s practices this week or either game this weekend?

“I don’t know yet,” Calipari said. “Let’s hope he doesn’t.”

Article written by Maggie Davis

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17 Comments for Kahlil Whitney dislocated his finger… Then got the rebound

  1. RealCatsFan
    11:16 pm November 18, 2019 Permalink

    At least it appears to be on his left hand.

    • gobble gobble
      9:22 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      Yea he definitely didn’t get the rebound there but ok…

  2. chris43
    11:28 pm November 18, 2019 Permalink

    Just curious….but why are we so short on scholarship players? If not mistaken we have 9 and 13 is allowed. Is its result of holding out for guy A or B only to miss out followed by all the decent options are gone by that point?

    • bigcatrob227
      1:17 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      10…don’t forget Dontaie Allen is injured

    • DelrayCat
      5:48 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      I am fairly certain those coaches sons get the leftovers. Perhaps that is the idea.

    • Aar
      6:22 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      Faculty children get free tuition and don’t need scholarships. Walk-ons usually get unused scholarships

  3. unbiasedfan
    11:30 pm November 18, 2019 Permalink

    You would think if a kid could play with that much heart and intensity that it would make Ashton Hagens practice making lay ups.

    • wildcat wayne
      12:15 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, he only had 26 points…

    • mashburnfan1
      12:47 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      unbias it is hard to practice that, we know he can make a layup but in game there are many other things happening and trying to stop him that he has to deal with. You can’t really practice that as each drive is different.

  4. DelrayCat
    5:52 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

    Would this team really be any better with Quade Green and Jamarl Baker??

    • Aar
      6:26 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      My guess – Quade, No and Jemarl, Yes. Green would have had trouble keeping up. Baker seemed to have figured out college shooting and defense.

  5. MacAssassin123
    6:23 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

    The fact he tried to get a rebound with the dislocated finger is just plain savage as hell!!! He simply just popped it back in himself like it was nothing. Savage!!!!

  6. MacAssassin123
    6:25 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

    Just wait until Allen comes back the guy can shoot!!! The way he drives the ball is similar to how Isaiah Briscoe drove the ball up the court.

  7. MacAssassin123
    6:26 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

    This team will be devastatingly lethal in March!!!

    • makeitstop
      7:50 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

      I hope ur right but who’s going to make their shots? Hard to get or keep a lead w 1/11 shooting and it’s not one game, it’s 4 games and 2 exhibitions of caveman hurling stones at the backboard.

  8. makeitstop
    7:46 am November 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’m struggling to understand why Allen’s ACL has not healed. It was over a year ago, and we haven’t had any progress reports for awhile. A rusty Allen isn’t the cure all but it wouldn’t hurt. And EJ’s ankle has been 2 weeks and counting. I know it happens, but starting w the 2 year recovery of Baker and mystery injury to Vanderbilt, we seem to struggle w more injuries and lingering mystery injuries than any team I ever saw. They look big, they lose weight or gain weight as needed, but the clinical part of the equation seems to be missing. Maybe it’s a personnel issue, it sure isn’t capital equipment!

  9. channell
    12:58 pm November 19, 2019 Permalink

    Why is it that our recruits rate as high as any school but they play pathetic on the floor? Defense, layups, three’s, where is it? We have five upper classmen, Granted we do have injuries. Uk just doesn’t look sharp as most teams do. Fans are the ones not being rewarded for their loyalty all because of Cal’s ego. He has to have a freshmen team every year to send more to the NBA to satisfy his ego. The dirty birds must be salivating in anticipation of this matchup.