Kentucky starter Willie Cauley-Stein had a minor procedure on his left knee Thursday for an injury that John Calipari said has been bothering Cauley-Stein since junior high.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari said he "presumes" starter Willie Cauley-Stein will not play in Kentucky's game at Auburn tomorrow night following a minor procedure on Cauley-Stein's left knee this week.
“He’s probably going to come back after a short period and be rested and ready to go, I would imagine. But he’ll be weight training and doing anything else and running and all the other stuff," Calipari said Friday.
Calipari said Cauley-Stein's injury has been bothering him since middle school, "There were times where he was like, ‘you’ve got to get me out.’ We had a shoot around the other day and he stopped in the shoot around, I said, ‘what are you doing just walking around like nothing?’ Again, nothing major, it was an old thing that he just never did anything about. Let me say this, we didn’t have to do anything. It could have been, ‘you’re fine, put the knee sleeve on and go. Deal with it.’ But as you know, that’s not how we operate here."
Calipari expects Cauley-Stein's absence will mean more minutes for Jarrod Polson and the seldom-used Jon Hood.
“The impact if he doesn’t play is that we’re one short of where we were, but against Duke he played six minutes. Maryland, he was not a factor. So, what happens is, other guys have to step up and play and Jarrod [Polson] has to get some minutes, maybe Jon Hood gets some minutes and is effective. But, obviously, we’re not as big and long as we are with him," Calipari said.