In Sunday’s postgame press conference after Kentucky’s loss to the Dominican Republic, UK coach John Calipari was asked what happened to Alex Poythress in the second half when he had to come out of the game and did not go back in.
“He was exhausted. I told him before the game, with the way he played yesterday, play five minutes today,” said Calipari Sunday. “Play 10 minutes today. Don’t go out there and not play.
“Don’t hurt your team. Just don’t play. We’ve got other guys that want to play. So he was tired. He just pulled himself, which was fine.”