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Former UK star Jack Givens has surgery after injury in Alumni Charity Game

Former Kentucky basketball star Jack Givens played in the UK Alumni Charity basketball game in Rupp Arena on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Lexington. “The most disappointing thing is I wasn’t even tired yet,” when the injury occurred, he said.
Former Kentucky basketball star Jack Givens played in the UK Alumni Charity basketball game in Rupp Arena on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Lexington. “The most disappointing thing is I wasn’t even tired yet,” when the injury occurred, he said.

Former Kentucky star Jack “Goose” Givens tore an Achilles tendon while playing in the Alumni Charity Game in Rupp Arena on Friday night. He underwent surgery Tuesday.

Givens, who turns 61 on Sept. 21, scored 41 points in UK’s 94-88 victory over Duke in the 1978 national championship game.

Before the charity game, which featured former Kentucky players, Givens made light of the suggestion that he had retained his basketball skills.

“Am I expected to?” he quipped.

Givens tore his right Achilles tendon early in the Alumni Charity Game.

“The most disappointing thing is I wasn’t even tired yet,” he said after the outpatient surgery. “I wish they’d given me enough time to wear myself out. Shoot, I was feeling good.”

Givens said the injury came after he made a shot and started to turn around to go back on defense.

“I guess my memory got the better of me and started telling me I was able to do some things that my old body didn’t agree with,” Givens said.

The game, which also featured such former UK players as Kyle Macy, Kevin Grevey and Kenny Walker, was part of a fundraiser for various charities. During the evening, UK Coach John Calipari announced that part of the proceeds would be donated to the American Red Cross to help in relief efforts associated with Hurricane Harvey.

Givens said he had no regrets about participating in the game.

“I’m really glad I did it,’ he said. “It was just great to have the uniform back on again and being back on the floor. It was really, really good.”

Givens said he expected to have about an eight-week recovery period.

Jerry Tipton: 859-231-3227, @JerryTipton

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