Everything stopped for the Kentucky fanbase yesterday morning when it was announced that Junior Alex Poythress, No. 22 and the anchor of the Blue Platoon in Coach John Calipari’s 2-troop system, was out for the season.
Heartbroken for Alex, who has played in every game that the Kentucky Wildcats played since he arrived as Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball in his freshman year, and who was certain to have a breakout season. Anxious, on edge, afraid if wondering about it out loud would make it worse.
The Lexington Herald-Leader this morning ran the “Mood Blue as Battle of the Blues Shapes Up” headline, summing it up for the team and the fan base.
Poythress, who was a Top 10 recruit, is beloved not just for his basketball skill and his unique personality but for his dedication to working hard to play at the highest level for the Kentucky Wildcats. The Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton interviewed his high school coach in October, reporting that the coach said Poythress shot 600-700 pull-up jumpers a day over the summer working to improve his game.
Alex is out for the season.
We, as the students, faculty and fans of the University of Kentucky, need to show Alex Poythress we are IN for the season with him.
Bluecoastlive suggests that every UK fan wear Poythress’ No. 22 to every game in some fashion, to show this young man our support for him, his recovery, his contribution and his future NBA career the whole way, game by game, PT session by PT session.
And, we’d like to encourage you, in a real tangible way that allows us to show the world the BBN support for No. 22.
CONTEST: From half-time of the UNC game (the “light” blue team) to the end of the regular season, Bluecoastlive will run a “Show Your 2-2” contest. Participating is simple and shows support. Just wear “22” to a UK game, take a selfie showing it and post it to your Twitter feed with an @bluecoastlive to enter. We will retweet and create galleries to tweet to @AlexTheGreat22.
At the end of the regular season, the most creative use of the “22” posted to the Bluecoastlive account will win an iPad with a Big Blue cover — or $500 cash.
So start shooting and @ hailing. Alex has 600-700 shots on you already.
All hail, Alex Poythress, No. 22.