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Added February 2nd, 2010 by Chris

The Johns Make Nice at Kentucky

After Kentucky’s “season saving” win against Vanderbilt on Saturday — Aside: the reason I jokingly said “season saving” has to do with the amount of “The Sky is Falling” reactions from the Big Blue Nation. From one loss? Really? — there were some unhappy words offered by uber-freshman, John Wall, who, when discussing his continued turnovers, said:

“I didn’t think I played that bad,” Wall said after Kentucky beat Vandy. “I don’t know what to expect. He’s probably going to say I played bad today too so I don’t know. I just try not to listen to him and go out and play basketball and try and help my team win.”

Naturally, these comments were immediately broadcast around our eternally-connected-by-technology world and the implication that Wall and John Calipari were at odds grew. So much so, in fact, the ESPN machine got a hold of it and provided whatever legs the story lacked. Needless to say, Wall’s comments required a response, both from the guard and his coach, and as you would expect, everything’s peachy — at least on the surface.

First up, Wall’s coach:

As he is wont to do, Calipari nipped the story in the bud, offering nothing but supportive words for his star freshman; although, considering Wall’s all-of-a-sudden sensitivity, I’m wondering how he will respond to the “puppy dog” label. For now, however, Wall has nothing but love for his coach:

If Kentucky rolls Mississippi tonight, I imagine this story will go the way of the Dodo. However, if Kentucky struggles against a team that just lost a home game to the trying-to-surge Arkansas Razorbacks, expect the aforementioned “legs” to grow a little bit stronger.

 
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