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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tack's time?

LSU held its men's basketball media day today. While most media types concentrate on the transfers - Terry Martin and Dameon Mason - or Big Baby (who was absent by the way), the biggest question facing this team could be guard Tack Minor.

I don't think it was any coincidence LSU made its Final Four run last year with Darrel Mitchell at the point and Tack Minor on the bench recovering from a knee injury.

Mitchell did what point guards are supposed to do - run the offense and provide perimeter shooting. Minor's running of the offense has left some questions about his game in the past, particularly his ability to take care of the basketball.

You don't have to read between the lines to understand what John Brady was talking about today when the subject of Minor was addressed.

"We will see how Tack handles coming back and fitting in,'' Brady said. "His biggest challenge will be to overcome our team's recent accomplishments. Certainly there is no question about his speed and quickness, but is he willing to do what is necessary to make his team better?

"Hopefully with sitting out last year and watching the team with the success they had, it will make him understand what it takes to get there.''

If not, then look for someone else at the point. Minor doesn't have any leverage in this situation. That much we learned last year.


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