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The Beginning of Something Special (Basketball)


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Listen closely and you can hear it. The echoes of glories past. The battle call of Old Red yelling Geeaauuux Tiiigers heard across the arena; the shattered glass falling to the floor after a monster dunk by Shaq; the roar of 12,000 fans celebrating a 148-141 victory over Loyola-Marymount. And if you look hard enough you might just see the shadows of floppy socks running up and down the court, the smooth dribble and shot of Chris Jackson, the undersized Ricky Blanton playing out of position at center and leading his team to a final four berth . And above all, you will see and hear the indomitable Dale Brown, the coach who put his stamp on the Tigers’ glory days, prowling the sidelines, coaxing more from his players than expected, and turning boys into men, men into teams, and teams into family.

And now, if you care to look, you will see Coach Johnny Jones, who played and learned to coach under the tutelage of Dale Brown, beginning to place his stamp on the LSU program. It is way too early to know the heights he will reach as coach of LSU. But already you can begin to see the kind of program he will create, and for long-time Tiger fans it may seem familiar.

Look no further than Andrew del Piero for the evidence. After spending the last couple years on the practice squad and bench, save a few lackluster appearances, del Piero has become the breakout player of the team so far. Make no mistake, no one will confuse him with Shaq, or even Geert Hammink anytime soon, but consider his play this year. He is playing significant minutes at significant points in the game. Coach Jones has confidence in him and in turn his own self-confidence in his play has increased. And it’s not just his play. The rest of the team is excited for him. You can see it when he comes off the court. There is beginning to be a family built here again, and proud Papa Johnny Jones learned from the best how to coax overachieving performances from players.

If you listen really closely, you will hear a rumble, building its way to a roar; the sound of the tiger faithful awakening from their long slumber and seeing what is being created here again. And make no mistake, it is the beginning of something special.







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THEdeathvalley
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Tl/DR





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SouthOfSouth
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You had me until you said Del Piero was the breakout player of the year... He has had a very nice year but I think you pushed it a little too far.

Otherwise I do agree that great things are coming.






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Elleshoe
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and if you look close enough, you will see Pete Maravich, his ghost, riding into the Assembly Center atop a white palomino stallion, ushering in the fruition of a million childhood dreams





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heartbreakTiger
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the class we are bringing in is stacked. Im excited that JJ has us playing more exciting ball this year and that he is recruiting big time players. We have no reason to not be in the upper half of the sec in basketball and a consistent top 25 team.





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BR Tiger
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quote:

You had me until you said Del Piero was the breakout player of the year... He has had a very nice year but I think you pushed it a little too far.


I will stand by that. I don't mean he will be the star of the team, but is there another player on the team who has overachieved to the extent he has, who excites the crowd like he does, and who has improved as much as he has? If you think there is, then I am happy to reconsider. But really, I think he is a great example of what is happening under Johnny Jones at LSU. Is it just the word "breakout" that you dislike?






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Tigertown in ATL
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I like the references to Shaq, Jackson, Blanton, etc.

BUT, they were second generation something special.

The first generation was Rudy Macklin, DeWayne Scales, Greg Cook, Ethan Martin, Howard Carter, Johnny Jones, and the Green "brothers."

Plus Andy Campbell.






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LSUGrad9295
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Too cheesy, didn't hold down breakfast

Seriously, though...

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And now, if you care to look, you will see Coach Johnny Jones, who played and learned to coach under the tutelage of Dale Brown, beginning to place his stamp on the LSU program


We are 4-0 vs a crappy schedule...a little early for all that...but I am enthused and happy for the potential the future might hold.



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SouthOfSouth
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quote:

I will stand by that. I don't mean he will be the star of the team, but is there another player on the team who has overachieved to the extent he has, who excites the crowd like he does, and who has improved as much as he has? If you think there is, then I am happy to reconsider. But really, I think he is a great example of what is happening under Johnny Jones at LSU. Is it just the word "breakout" that you dislike?


If you wanna talk about over-achieve, lets talk about a 6'5" shooting guard that we are playing at power forward. Coleman leads the team in scoring AND rebounding. I dont think anyone would have thought that.

I certainly think Del Piero is much improved, but I am not quite ready to say that the improvement of Del Piero is a sign of future success...

Either way, he looks great and Jones will be an incredible coach for many years.






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Elleshoe
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I am not quite ready to say that the improvement of Del Piero is a sign of future success...


I'll say this... if Johnny can make this kid look like a basketball player it makes me excited to see what he'll do with 4 and 5 star recruits






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SouthOfSouth
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I'll say this... if Johnny can make this kid look like a basketball player it makes me excited to see what he'll do with 4 and 5 star recruits




Well we will see next year won't we!






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The Mick
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TG/DR





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Walter White
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This is fricking awesome





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Tom Bronco
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To tell you the truth, I'm just happy just to have a team that doesn't bore me to tears or frustrate me to the point of screaming. I know we are very early in the season and I am sure there will be low points where I will moan and bitch but man it sure does seem so much better already. When you consider the horrible way we finished the season last year in the NIT, this is like a cool breeze blowing the bad smell away.





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jozy
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did not care enough to read





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Tigertown in ATL
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did not care enough to read


anyone else see the idiocy?






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bighead7
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Can we call him anything but JJ....





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eddieray
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Anything we get out of del Piero is a plus because we're so short on big bodies. Nice to be able to get some minutes out of a walk on at a position of need. Don't look now but there's a nice class coming next year.





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