Terrence Jones and top-ranked Kentucky have been playing games for three weeks. All Brandon Knight has been able to do is watch his friend and former teammate.
The NBA lockout put Knight's professional career on hold before it even began after he opted to become a one-and-done player for Kentucky. Jones could have opted for the draft, too, but stayed for his sophomore season with the Wildcats.
''I'm playing fast-paced, fun basketball. I'm glad I came back to have this opportunity,'' said Jones, who has still been hanging out with Knight on campus. ''He did what was best for him. ... It's just his career is on pause right now.''
The lockout is nearing an end, which will allow rookies like Knight to sign contracts and finally join their new teams. For the players who stayed in school, there was no such wait, no such frustration, and so far no regrets in staying rather than playing in the pros.
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