Blog Bag Answers: Slackers!

Man, MSU’s football team gets a big win, and suddenly y’all forget about little ol’ me. “Ooh, look at us, we’re almost bowl eligible, we suddenly know everything, who needs that silly Blog Bag?”

OK, I’m just messin’ with ya, but there were only two questions this week, both about basketball (which I encouraged because of Thursday’s SEC Basketball Media Day). Here we go!

Q: Since Rick Stansbury has been around a few years, I would be curious if he would speculate about the potential for this team compared some of his other better teams.

A: I’ll be honest, it slipped my mind to ask him this question specifically, but Stansbury admits he doesn’t know much about this team, so it’d be hard to compare.

“I’m still trying to find out about my team, as crazy as that sounds. The only two guys I really know for sure are Ravern (Johnson) and Kodi (Augustus).”

Making this team tougher to gauge is the fact that Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost are both serving suspensions and will return at different times.

“I think our challenge right now is this: You could very easily try to put together three different teams for three different seasons,” Stansbury said. “That’s difficult. I’m trying to minimize our adjustments and our changes and what we’re doing right now. It may not be exactly best for what my personnel is right now, but I’ve got to tweak it enough that it’s good enough to make it effective to win. At the same time, we get these other people back, it’s not an overhaul. And that’s a challenge.”

Q: Is Elgin Bailey 100 percent ready to go? Will he be by the opener? If not, who will start in the post until Sidney returns? What about the No. 4 spot? If so, will he be projected as a starter when Sidney gets back on the floor?

A: Bailey, a junior forward/center, said Thursday that the ankle he dislocated near the end of the 2008-09 season is 100 percent, but the knee he had surgery on in March is about 65 percent. He hopes to be ready for the Nov. 12 opener but isn’t expecting to be back to 100 percent before December.

If he isn’t available right away, expect Augustus and Wendell Lewis to get a lot of minutes at the pivot. Otherwise, Augustus will hold down the four. As for when Sidney returns, I don’t see Bailey starting at that point, unless Stansbury wants to ease Sidney into things by bringing him off the bench.

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