I spent two years at Michigan State from 1999-2001; and before I arrived in East Lansing, I thought I knew a lot about basketball. That is until I met Tom Izzo. Amongst many things I learned during my tenure was that no one was immune from working hard or being called out….and I mean no one!
Lansing State Journal on Izzo and his main man Kalin Lucas; seems like Lucas isn’t playing up to par (or how Izzo would like)
“I don’t think right now his focus is on our team,” Izzo said of Lucas, a junior guard who was Big Ten Player of the Year as a sophomore. “I think this is one of the things that happens often. People start focusing on things that are beyond here, and then you start listening to people and then you have problems, and I’m just trying to nip those in the bud.”
For the past 8 years, I’ve watched the program closely. From my home you can throw a rock and hit the roof of the Breslin Center. When you put on a State uniform, you are expected to play the right way. And this includes more than putting the ball in the goal.
The list includes leading like a captain, becoming more involved with his teammates, working harder on his game and at film study, and blocking out distractions such as the pressure of a potential early jump to the NBA.
Izzo has won, and has won big; he has produced many professional players who make a lot of money after their stay in East Lansing.
Here’s Jeff Goodman of FoxSports with his take on the situation.
If I were Lucas, I’d listen to Coach Izzo and play the ‘State’ way…
“Hartford has to keep the game in the 60′s.”
-Jimmy Dykes, ESPN analyst during Kentucky-Hartford game. Final score: Kentucky 104 Hartford 61.