Aches and pains

Just the quotes: Injury updates from Bill Self. Comments on Lee, Padgett, and Wayne.

On Michael Lee:

"They shot yesterday but we didn't practice -- I was gone. (Michael Lee) is doing fine and is going through the whole practice. His conditioning is not where it was before he got hurt but it's certainly good enough to play significant minutes -- if the situation dictates so. He's doing great."

"I don't know if he's ready to play extensive minutes but I don't think he is far off. I think rhythm, confidence and getting used to playing again will probably have as much to do with things as what shape he is in. He's doing well in both areas but I don't know if he will play a head first 20 minutes."

"I think his legs are fine but they are not where they need to be. He's fine -- I don't know if he could play 10 minutes at a time but could certainly play four or five minutes at a time. He looks fine and his shot looks fine to me. It's a little different shooting set shots than coming off screens and shooting with guys flying at you."

"I don't know if he will come off the bench the rest of the year but in the near future he will. I like the way that J.R. Giddens has played so I guess things could change. I just don't see anything changing in the near future. It's hard to replace a guy if he hasn't played for six weeks and he's played well."

On David Padgett:

"(David Padgett) is walking around in a boot right now just to make sure that he doesn't put any pressure on his foot at all. I really believe that there is a good chance he could play against Texas A&M. There is also a chance that we might delay that. We are hopeful that he can play on Saturday."

"I didn't know about his foot being sore until after the Colorado game. It wasn't one of those deals that has been kept from us for a week or two -- nothing like that. It's been bothering him for a couple days and we didn't get the MRI back until after we found out that there was some significant pain."

"I think he is okay. It is frustrating. He is a freshman, big guy -- he gets a break midway through the season and gets the batteries recharged. He can even be better coming off of (the injury). It is an injury he had to deal with -- it is like a sprained ankle. You don't know when he will be well enough to play but you know he will be well enough to play. There are major injuries and there is not. We hopefully caught this in time when it is not a major injury. Hopefully it will be a one game situation."

"I think he can look at this as a positive and get a chance to get his batteries recharged and his energy back up. I think he wants to compete."

On Wayne Simien:

"I think it's just uncomfortable. The biggest thing is going back to back. If he had to practice on Tuesday then it would be very difficult for him -- much like the Reno game. He played 30 minutes the night before and it was hard for him to come back. It's something that's not going to go away but is something that you can't sit out for. You can't fix it by sitting out four or five days -- that just makes it feel better."

"It's just one of those deals that is nagging. It's not something that is worth worrying about. It will just be something that is nagging and he will have to deal with it for the majority of the season. Some days it feels better than others and Some days it's pretty sore. It all depends on how he feels that particular day. He's not missing anything."


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