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P.J. Washington Played with a Broken Finger since January

P.J. Washington broke his finger in January and never missed a game.

Washington’s father told my radio co-host, T.J. Walker of Cats Illustrated, that his son broke his pinky in January.  You’ll notice tape on his finger in the picture above.  The injury will require surgery, but Washington never complained.

“People don’t realize our son was playing with a broken finger since January. A broken pinky finger. You try and go shoot free throws with a broken pinky finger. You have to be tough. Having to adjust to things with a broken finger isn’t easy.”

This weekend P.J. will fly to New York City to meet with his family when Findlay Prep, the school Washington Sr. coaches, will play in the Geico National High School Basketball Tournament.  It will be the first time they discuss his future.  Washington Sr. said they are in no rush to make a decision about the NBA.

Read the entire conversation at Cats Illustrated.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

27 Comments for P.J. Washington Played with a Broken Finger since January

  1. david8577
    6:48 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Didn’t Scoop Lemond tell us this all along?

  2. Jcats24
    6:52 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Wait in the picture his left pinky is taped, so what does that matter to his free throw shooting ?

  3. maximumscott
    6:52 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Also, he shot freethrows in a few games since January and shot decent at least at his avg ir a bit better. Bad look for his Dad. Looks like a cop out.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:10 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Taking up for his son against strangers bashing him is not a bad look.

    • Luether
      7:47 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      It is a cop out and a real bad excuse for choking on the big stage…

  4. Randall lee
    6:54 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a good thing it wasn’t vando who broke his finger he would be in icu on life-support.

    • Rembrandt
      6:57 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink


    • philbo
      7:20 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Critics with no credentials.

    • Eazy
      7:04 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Where did you play your college and nba ball Randall? You are a joke. Vanderbilt wanted to play btw. It wasn’t his decision to sit out. He would’ve played injured.

  5. Rembrandt
    6:56 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Time for reflexively negative fans who dumped on PJ to own up and eat crow.

    • Lip Man 1
      10:43 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Well looking at every box score starting on February 1 you find six games where he shot over 60% from the free throw line with multiple chances. The game RIGHT BEFORE the Kansas State game;vs. Buffalo he went 4-5 from the line. I think there’s a little more going on here then a broken pinky finger on his left hand which may have had some impact but assuming he shoots free throws right handed not as much as his dad is making out to be.

    • Luether
      7:50 pm March 28, 2018 Permalink

      How so? He shoots FTs with his right hand – NOT his left. This whole thing is a red herring. PJ choked on the big stage. Period. Now man up, work on your shot and come back stronger than ever…

  6. Jiminy Crickets
    7:00 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    I really like PJ, and although those FTs were painful, I don’t blame him for the loss. However, he broke his pinky finger 2 months ago on his non-shooting hand. His FT trouble against KState was much more mental than a 2month old broken pinky on his left hand

  7. KYjellyRoll
    7:03 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Ft are mental. Same shot uncontested every time.

  8. KYjellyRoll
    7:04 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Pj returns

  9. tmcclan16
    7:40 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Makes me love that kid even more!

  10. Le Docteur
    7:48 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Love PJ and love that he played hurt. But it seems to me those thunder dunks would hurt the pinky more than shooting free throws. So, you know.

  11. henderblue
    7:58 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Hope he comes back. Can anyone tell me what day and time the McDonald’s High school All-American game comes on?

  12. Flake
    9:04 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    PJ played his heart out in the K State game. The problem that Cal’s worst teams, by how far they got in the post season, have is lack of a true post presence on offense, when your venter gets hurt(Netlens) or underachieves (Skal, Richards) When you have 2 seven footers, and you rely on a 6’7” kid, no matter how tough he is, as your primary option in the post, that is the problem. And as bad as P.J.’s free throw shooting was, we didn’t have much offense in the 2nd half otherwise.

  13. Racerr11
    9:24 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Great job PJ, look forward to seeing you next year you will be dominant.BBN loves you.

  14. Ranch
    10:13 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Wish we knew before now…love ya PJ!

  15. cmgormanjr1
    6:27 am March 28, 2018 Permalink

    Can’t wait for PJ to be back and doing what he does next year! Great job!

  16. 3 fan
    8:25 am March 28, 2018 Permalink

    Played 2 months with broken finger vs. out a month for a sprained ankle that never required a limp, brace or cast…

  17. Rabbi Li
    11:51 am March 28, 2018 Permalink

    The problem here is once PJ’s hand is healed if his free throws don’t improve dramatically then the dad ends up looking like a ‘cover story’ creator.

    In the Kansas St. game PJ hustled his butt off and the stat line shows. He should heal up his pinky and PRACTICE FREE THROWS ALL SUMMER LONG.