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Izzo can talk for 26 minutes straight, at least

Posted on: October 15, 2009 9:17 am
Edited on: October 15, 2009 9:19 am

Lots of basketball programs held Media Day on Wednesday, but I can't imagine any were quite like the one at Michigan State, if only because it featured Tom Izzo delivering a 26-minute opening statement.

Seriously, 26 minutes.

I just watched the whole thing.

And in addition to serving as a great study session on the Spartans -- I can now tell you everything you'd want to know about Korie Lucious -- it reminded me that Izzo doesn't mind breaking down his team for reporters in a way that's truly unique. He acknowledged the lofty expectations, but didn't shy away from them. He praised the consistency of his program, but talked about needing to do a better job in certain areas. He lauded most players, but questioned some aspects of nearly all of them -- including the leadership abilities of Kalin Lucas and Raymar Morgan.

To be clear, Izzo didn't say Lucas and Morgan can't lead; he just said he wasn't sure if they could lead, and that it was one of his concerns heading into the season, because it's difficult to accomplish much when your co-captains and widely recognized best players aren't leaders.

"Do we have the leadership?" Izzo asked himself. "Being able to lead yourself is one thing; being able to lead a group of people is another. And I don't say that negatively toward them. I just say that it is yet to be seen because it always takes place when adversity hits, which I'm sure it will hit a few times this year. So that is a big concern, our leadership."

Click this link to watch Izzo at Media Day.

Tons of good stuff in there.

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2009 10:08 am

Izzo can talk for 26 minutes straight, at least

I personally thing that Izzos comments toward Lucas and Morgan are genious. If I were the two of them I would want to prove myself now. Izzo just created bulletin board material for his own players, plus that might kick Morgans butt in gear and he may yet live up to his potential night in and night out unlike what us spartan fans are acustom to seeing where he will just disapear for entire games at a time.

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