LEXINGTON, Ky. — Malik Monk hit a ridiculous, desperate, twisting and contested 3-pointer to tie an Elite Eight game between Kentucky and North Carolina back in March. Bam Adebayo sobbed in the locker room afterward, because Luke Maye answered with a last-second game-winner for the Tar Heels on the other end.
Neither of the former Wildcats has seen footage of those frantic final seconds since.
“Nah, I’m not watching it ever,” Monk said Wednesday at a youth camp back in Lexington. “It popped up on Twitter the other day,” but he ignored it.
Adebayo, another NBA lottery pick back at UK to work with the kids, did one better than that.
“I reported it” as spam, he said, laughing. “An annoyance.”
The Cats had beaten UNC in a regular-season thriller but were denied a fifth Final Four in eight seasons under coach John Calipari. Monk and Adebayo have since become millionaires, but the bitter ending to their brief college careers still clearly eats at them.
“I feel the same way” as Monk, Adebayo said. “I probably won’t ever watch that game either.”
Very emotional Kentucky locker room as expected. pic.twitter.com/ksNn4iOGHW
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) March 26, 2017