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“Next Man Up”: Kim Mulkey Gives Nonchalant Response to Angel Reese Not Playing For LSU

Published 11/21/2023, 1:44 AM EST

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The Lady Tigers secured their sixth match of the season with the final score of 106-47. And during this contest, Hailey Van Lith and Flau’jae Johnson stood out the most with their exceptional chemistry and skills. But the absence of their #10 player is raising eyebrows on the team and Coach Mulkey’s recent comments are not helping the situation. 

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While many fans anticipated that the LSU empire would be crumbling without their main player, the Tigers are roaring their way ahead with each victory.

Coach Mulkey addresses Reese’s absence


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The LSU stars Hailey Van Lith and Aalyah Del made an appearance with Coach Mulkey in front of the media after securing a flawless victory against Texas Southern. During the interview, Coach was asked about the missing piece of her team that has proved to be a major force in the past matches. In her response, Mulkey said, “You just coach, you coach hard and you know what that is, that gives another opportunity to somebody else, this kid right here, (pointing at Aalyah Del).”

“You just you know next man up and you make them understand the process of what we’re trying to do defensively. You don’t change positions, I’m not changing positions, you just next man up and you just keep coaching because you don’t know when, where, whatever, when those kids are going to win a big ball game for you and you just keep coaching,” she added further. 


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This response from the head coach of the team has again disappointed the fans as she refuses to provide a clear view of this situation. Notably, the LSU Tigers are doing well without their star forward. 

Impressive Team Performance


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The Lady Tigers were anticipated for their worst season ever without their star player, but showing the world why they are the no.1 ranked team in the league, they have secured five of the six matches they have played so far. 

The only loss they faced was their first match of the 2023-24 NCAA season against the no.20 ranked team, Colorado. But learning from their mistakes, they quickly got up and won every match after that. But, the absence of Angel Reese has been making things a little hard for the team as the fans and media want to know the reason behind it. 


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The Lady Tigers will be facing the Niagara Purple Eagles in their seventh match of the season. The fans will be hoping to see Reese on the court, but given the coach’s ambiguity, many are simply crossing their fingers.

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Written by:

Ojus Verma


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Ojus is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a foundation in economics and a 12-year experience in playing basketball, he seamlessly combines academic knowledge with genuine enthusiasm for the game. He is spellbound as much by the intricacies of the game as he is by the legacies left by NBA legends such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.
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Bilal Handoo