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Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:22 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 10:33 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

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.

“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.”

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.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

UK fans - I know that it is frustrating, but I don't think this is any different than the kids playing summer league ball IMHO.  We have the same situation going on with Leslie McDonald at Carolina.  LMack was not going to be a starter for us, but now all of the sudden folks are questioning why they are even playing in these "pick-up" games.    The fact is that it does help them stay in basketball shape....AND, there is always the risk of injury.  As for DontArgueWithiIt, what do you expect CBS to report on in mid July?  It's not like we have anything going on in college basketball right now.  Perhaps you would get more out of a page dedicated to Womens World Cup Soccer.



Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

IM SORRY THAT JOHN TORE HIS ACL AND HOPE HE COMES BACK AS SOON AS HE CAN. NOW TO DontArgueWithit post about the CBS.COMS COVERAGE OF THIS STORY ON JOHN HOOD, IT WAS AMERTEURISH AT BST. THIS KID GOES OUT EVERY DAY DURING THE SEASON AND BUSTS HIS REAR END IN PRACTICE AND THE GAMES AND YOU ARE RIPPING HIM BY TEARING INTO THE STORY. JUST BECAUSE YOU HATE KY DONT TAKE IT OUT ON A GOOD KID JUST BECAUSE HE ISNT A FIRST ROUND NBA DRAFT PICK.



Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Terrible thing to happen. God Speed Mr. Hood from the Tar Heel family we know the feeling.



Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Will truly miss his towel waving abilities



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Jon Hood looked like a godsend before calipari came, grant it he won't play much either way i will still miss Hood's enthusiasm and support he brings to the court   GET BETTER JON!!!!! WE NEED YOU BUDDY



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:37 am
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Won't mean much except to Jon Hood.



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:49 am
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Hood can redshirt this season and be help in 2012-13 season...as most everyone knows the team is well stocked and Jon would see a few mins a game at best...hopefully his injury will heal properly and he can get his hops back cause he could definitely slam-it-home...good luck WILDCAT  



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:26 am
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Yesss, more amateur hour from CBSsports writers.



Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:52 am
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

Here's an injury that won't mean much.  Here's a writer's opinion that doesn't mean much.  Why in God's name do you need to begin your story with that insensitive line.  Are you trying to impress an editor? Jon Hood is a fine yourng man, and you -sir- need to seriously consider your final work before publishing.....



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:03 am
 

Kentucky's Jon Hood rips up ACL

I do have to agree with Norlander. This injury won't affect the team nearly as much as UNC losing McDonald. Hood barely saw the floor last year, and next year, he would have been relegated to the end of the bench with Polson. Leadership lost? I don't think so....he can still be a leader in the huddles and from the bench. This actually works out better, as the 2012/13 class isn't going to be as loaded, so Hood can have an extra 2 years to shine.


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