Saturday, August 4, 2012

UConn Stars Past and Present React to Jim Calhoun's Bike Injury

As you probably know by now, Jim Calhoun isn't at tonight's Mohegan Sun/Jim Calhoun Charity All-Star Game after fracturing his hip in a bike accident today in Madison. He will have surgery tonight at the John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health Center in Farmington, and a UConn spokesman said Calhoun is expected to make a full recovery.

The players and coaches at Saturday's game learned of Calhoun's accident at various times during the day (Hasheem Thabeet said he found out this morning). Here's some of their reactions:

Thabeet: "I hope he recovers soon. I just hope for the best for him. He's one of the people who's always been there for me, in all kind of ways."

Kemba Walker: “I wish he was here, I wish he was coming, but things happen in life. He’ll be alright, though.”

Shabazz Napier: “He’s a competitor, no matter what he’s doing – riding a bike, playing golf, especially basketball. Hopefully, he’ll be better soon. We wish he was here with us, but we’re just hoping nothing serious happened to him.”

UConn AD Warde Manuel: "First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Jim for a speedy recovery. He’s had some bad breaks this last year or so ... I know it's tough on him and Pat and the family."

George Blaney, on whether he'd consider telling Calhoun to stay off his bike from now on: "Have you ever tried to tell him anything?"

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