Here's an injury that won't mean much.
My condolences to Jon Hood, and well wishes to a fine young basketball player for a speedy recovery.
But have you looked at Kentucky's roster for next year? Hood, who tore his ACL in a pickup game Monday afternoon, probably wouldn't have been seeing much time as is. (Perma-counterargument: onetime pine-rider Josh Harrellson's 2010-11 season, which ended in him being drafted.) The talking point can -- and will, time and again -- be made that the 2011-12 Kentucky group John Calipari's assembled is the best team of 12 he's ever coached.
Hood didn't seem to factor much into that. He played in nearly every UK game last season but averaged just one point per game. The legitimate concern over his injury is the lack of leadership that can't make it onto the floor with a team that's particularly young -- even by Calipari standards. But the 'Cats have overcome that before; no reason to think it can't be hurdled yet again.
Hood, a junior, will have surgery on his right knee once the swelling goes down.
The Lexington Herlad-Leader's John Clay spoke to Hood's father Tuesday about the freakish happenstance.
So he could very well be back in time for plenty of play this season. ACL tears can be a funny thing, and if the patient is persistent in rehab, they can return to action weeks or months before first estimates.
“He wasn’t hit or anything,” said Brian Hood via phone. “It was a non-contact injury where he just came down wrong, apparently. It was just a freak thing.”
Brian Hood said his won was “a little frustrated and a little upset” but that, “We’ll just try to find something positive out of this and move forward.”
UK announced the injury on Tuesday saying that Jon Hood would undergo surgery once the swelling subsides.
“I think he has a pretty bad bone bruise, which you get from a torn ACL,” said Brian Hood. “I think they just want things to calm down before they do the surgery. There’s no real timetable right now.”