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RE: "Heard it from Hoard" - Dan weighs in on season ending debacle
(03-11-2009 08:27 PM)JFlight21 Wrote:  Yes, that is correct.

I'm not a huge fan of big men playing on the wings. It's about as bad as a tall boxer with a long reach fighting on the inside. I believe I read recently on a blog (Lance's?) that he had some work ethic issues too. Hopefully he's no longer a problem in that manner.
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RE: "Heard it from Hoard" - Dan weighs in on season ending debacle
(03-11-2009 08:31 PM)Coopdaddy67 Wrote:  
(03-11-2009 08:27 PM)JFlight21 Wrote:  Yes, that is correct.

I'm not a huge fan of big men playing on the wings. It's about as bad as a tall boxer with a long reach fighting on the inside. I believe I read recently on a blog (Lance's?) that he had some work ethic issues too. Hopefully he's no longer a problem in that manner.


Never heard a mention about work ethic from anyone that covers Oklahoma State. If Lance had that on his site, consider the source.

From the guys who covered the Cowboys every day:

http://blog.newsok.com/osu/2008/12/03/th...on-thomas/

Quote:I got a phone call early Tuesday evening, someone asking me what I knew about a player leaving the basketball team. I didn’t know much, so I started making phone calls. My assumption was that one of the guys who wasn’t getting much/any playing time had hit the road, and that wouldn’t have been a huge shock. Travis Ford is sticking pretty seriously to a 6-7 guy rotation, which is leaving Marshall Moses, Malcoln Kirkland and Nick Sidorakis with very, very minimal playing time.

About three calls in, I heard something that made my jaw drop: It was Ibrahima Thomas.

Here’s why it was stunning:

-The center has started every game for OSU. He’s playing 20.5 minutes, and a lot of the bench time is self-imposed because of foul trouble.

-He’s 6-foot-11 on a team that lacks size. One would think the coaching staff would do everything in its power to keep him.

-He’s told people that he doesn’t like playing the 5, and that he wants to play the 3 or 4. On Monday OSU got 5 Teeng Akol eligible, and Ford said he was looking at moving Thomas out of the post....

He’s one of the most likable kids on the planet. Big smile, sweet nature, friendly, stays out of trouble...

Last week I was writing a story about how the players are adjusting to Ford’s in-your-face style, and how he was adjusting to them. I happened to talk to Thomas for the story, because I’ve noticed that Ford is really hard on Thomas. Keep in mind that Thomas has only been playing basketball for five years, and it shows in some of the basics.
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