On January 7th, Brad Calipari underwent surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. One of thousands of athletes who falls victim to this injury each year, the blown knee cost Calipari half of his high school season and most of the AAU season. Now four and a half months removed from surgery, Calipari is making strides every day. D1's Alec Kinsky got the chance to catch up with Calipari, addressing a variety of topics about The Travelers' guard.
Alec Kinsky: How's the recovery going?
Brad Calipari: It's going really well. I've had therapy six days a week, for 2-3 hours a day since I've been out of surgery. I've been going since two days after. I'm pretty ahead of schedule but I'm definitely not trying to rush it. My goal is to be back and ready for the Peach Jam.
AK: Is a torn ACL as difficult as everyone says?
BC: (Right now) is the difficult bump in the road I've had to get over. It's a long, difficult process. But as I said it's going well, I'm feeling great and I'm ahead of schedule. Just want to be back for Peach Jam.
AK: Who has helped you most during your recovery? Any specific advice you've heeded?
BC: My dad has helped me a lot. Also, Ray Oliver, the Kentucky Strength and Conditioning Coach and the therapy guys have helped me greatly. The best advice I got was from Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade (both who've dealt with severe knee injuries). They told me stories about what they've gone through and if I keep working and get back to 100%, I'll be better than I was before.
AK: Have more of an appreciation for the game after having to sit out for so long?
BC: Of course. it's so tough just watching my guys out there knowing I could be out there with them. That's really ruled me to work more now than before I was hurt. Been trying to get 500 shots a day and work on my ball-handling a lot.
AK: Which schools have been showing you the most love?
BC: Samford has been the most consistent with me since I got hurt. But Cornell and UPenn too. Plenty of other interest. It's nice to know schools haven't forgotten about me after I got hurt. I'm 4 1/2 months out and I'm moving a lot better. It's all coming back.