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PJ Washington explains what set him off at Florida

With a little over 13 minutes to go in Saturday’s game at Florida and the Gators on a 9-0 scoring run, PJ Washington had seen enough. He gathered his teammates after a dead ball and unleashed his frustration while the Florida student section chanted, “PJ’s angry!”

On Monday, Washington revealed what he said during the pep talk that changed the entire game. He told reporters, “I just said we gotta play together. That’s what got us here and that’s what’s going to get us past the hump. We gotta come out these last seven minutes, I think it was, and play together and play hard. If we play defense, they can’t beat us.”

Washington added that some of his teammates were playing selfish in trying to mount a comeback and he didn’t like it. And though he didn’t call anyone out by name, it’s clear Tyler Herro was one of the teammates who set him off.

Herro had just gotten beat off the dribble for an easy basket and then clanked a long jumper off the iron on the other end. Washington looked directly at Herro after the whistle and yelled, “PASS THE BALL,” before huddling the group together.

John Calipari, who has begged his team to become “player-driven,” watched on from the opposite end of the floor.

Cal’s facial expression didn’t show it, but you have to think he was smiling on the inside as his star sophomore, who is normally very reserved, became a vocal leader when adversity hit.

Washington admitted he now feels a lot more confident and comfortable in a leadership role.

Washington’s roommate, Reid Travis, said, “He has definitely been great for us over the last couple of games, you can just tell. Coach has talked about his energy and just the passion that he has had for the game. It’s just been great. It’s just propelling other guys. If he’s playing at that high of a level, everyone’s got to lift their game and play with the same energy. It’s been great for us to have him play that well.”

Travis also noted it’s not just Washington, but the entire team holding each other accountable.

“When we get in huddles, the players are mostly talking now just because we’ve got some games under our belt,” he said. “We know what’s expected, we know what we’ve got to do to finish games and win games. Now, we’re just holding each other accountable. I think that’s the biggest growth we’ve had this season. Guys are starting to hold each other more accountable, starting to get on each other, but also celebrate together, so it’s been good. If we’re player-driven, we can be a great team.”


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for PJ Washington explains what set him off at Florida

  1. Catcasey1
    4:38 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    Atta boy PJ

  2. Rowdy TX CAT
    5:01 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    PJ’s Angry t-shirts?

  3. No more excuses cal
    5:11 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    At last hero can make foul shots how many did pj make in that k state game last year you lead by example so I hope pj really ready to walk the walk if he start calling guys out

    • Corder
      5:54 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      We wouldn’t have even been in that game if it wasn’t for PJ. Also the past three games PJ has walked the walk on both ends of the court. Might want to redirect that hate somewhere else becaucse PJ is doing his job and then some.

    • bigbluebanana
      6:23 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      No more excuses isn’t even trying to up his troll game. At least bigolblue attempts an argument however dumb it is, and mashburnfan explains his reasoning in depth. You’re just here to get a rise. Try better.

    • ukcamel
      6:23 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      This is a pretty dumb comparison. When you miss free throws you are simply not executing. It can mean that you need more practice or just bad luck. Playing selfishly is a choice. It only means one thing always: you need to stop playing selfishly.

      If you don’t understand the difference, you don’t understand basketball.

      Also note I don’t think Herro is a “selfish player” – he is like 95% of players in that it happens sometimes.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:33 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      No more excuses has no more excuses for being a douche.

    • UKNUTZ
      8:47 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      As for The K state game, I’m sure he would not use this as an excuse, but having your pinky broken not make it a little harder to hit those free throws

  4. KYCat4EVER
    6:57 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    It’s called accountability and somebody has to hold our cats accountable when we are dogging it! So glad PJ gets it!

  5. No more excuses cal
    9:12 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    Like I said you lead by example if you gonna talk the talk then be prepared to back it up and I don’t think pj can consistently play at a high level he has his own interest in mind at times and he doesn’t always show up to play and who wants to follow or respect someone like that he has certainly played like a leader should in the past few games but I guess time will tell. If he’s a team leader or not

    • chief_cat
      1:26 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Interesting. I don’t believe you can consistently form a rational argument at a high level, or actually ever form a rational argument at any level. Then again, I suppose we all have opinions – even though yours are asinine.
      You should change your name from No More Excuses to More Delusions

    • catsarerunnin
      7:54 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      He should simplify change his name to UL Loser.