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Calipari’s reaction to Noel’s injury
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 13, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky coach John Calipari said he was “hurting” for Nerlens Noel after a scary knee injury in Kentucky’s loss to Florida on Tuesday.
Now that it’s been revealed that Noel will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Calipari’s Wildcats will be the ones hurting.
The UK coach immediately reacted to the news on Twitter, calling the injury “devastating,” but turning the focus to Noel’s future.
Calipari’s scroll of tweets:
“I’ve been coaching for 22 years and this is the first injury we’ve had of this kind during the season, which makes it even more devastating.”
“I met with Nerlens earlier today. The meeting was really positive, and I loved his attitude.”
“The way he is already dealing with this injury lets me know that he is going to come back stronger than ever.”
“The good news is he is insured, so he would have been fine even if the injury would have been worse.”
“Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it’s one that athletes bounce back from all the time.”
Calipari also retweeted Noel’s initial tweet following the news that read: “Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! I love you all and can’t thank y’all enough for the prayers.”
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