There’s nothing like saying the same thing three or four times in the same paragraph to make a point:
Bilas: Lowe Just Needs Some Time
“But I think Sidney (Lowe) is a good coach, and I think every guy needs some time. And he hasn’t had that yet. I’ll tell you one thing, when they let Herb Sendek walk out the door and didn’t try to stop him, most people in basketball knew they were losing a really good coach and that they were going to have to take a step back to get back to where they wanted to be.”
“This is the step-back portion. Whether they can take the step forward, we’ll see. I think they hired a good coach and a really, really good guy. They just need to give him the time. This is what they wanted and they’ve got it. They’ve got to give him the time.”
Maybe it’s just me, but does every single media discussion of NC State have to start with our former coach? Three seasons is more than enough time. I’ll stop now because this is not a HWSNBN discussion.
Anyway, I am not under the impression that Coach Lowe is under win-or-else pressure this season…yes, fans are hungry for success, but I also think that Wolfpack fans realize that last season’s problems stemmed from injuries, inexperience, and yes, some personality issues (that thankfully weren’t enunciated in the press.) I also think that as much as State’s chances were over-rated going into last year, they are perhaps equally underrated going in to 2008-09. No, I am not saying they’ll be at the top of the heap, but I do think that this year’s squad will outperform media expectations. At least I hope so.
This is Lowe’s third squad. Next year and the year after, he will have largely recruited his own players and at that time we can take a fair and objective look at the work he’s doing at the Wolfpack helm. So far, recruiting for this year and beyond look good under Lowe, so count me amongst those that are optimistic in the long-run.