On his weekly radio show, Kentucky HC John Calipari says Adou Thiero should play Saturday at Arkansas if he practices these next two days and doesn't have setbacks. Need him back.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) January 24, 2024
After what happened Tuesday night in Columbia, it’s safe to say getting Thiero will be a welcome sight for a Wildcats squad in need of more rebounding and overall physicality.
Well, this is interesting.
During his pregame radio interview, Calipari made an odd statement about Thiero not playing in games.
Calipari confirms Thiero is out.— Aaron Gershon (@agershon99) January 23, 2024
"Watching him I've got to say, 'Well, why aren't you playing?'" https://t.co/TXeRIVsUyw
It’s an odd thing to say about one of your players, adding yet another layer of oddness to Thiero’s mysterious absence since December 21st. Calipari has frequently called it a day-to-day back issue, but the sophomore has now missed over a month of game action.
Perhaps the doctors haven’t cleared Thiero to return yet. Even if that’s the case, it’s still a weird thing for Coach Cal to say during a radio interview.
Thankfully, it appears he could return as soon as Saturday vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks. Let’s hope that happens, and we can put this mysterious saga in the rearview mirror.