I heard an NBA scout who was watching practices last year said Moultrie was the best talent on the team. I think Stans will make the tourney this year with or without Sidney.
If you hear the name Renardo Sidney, you might think of a lengthy NCAA investigation. Or of a suspension that lasted for more than a season. Visions of Sidney’s fight with a teammate might pop into a few of your minds. Or perhaps you’re simply reminded of how he spent this past summer in Houston rather than in Europe with his teammates.
We’ll guess that when you hear the name Renardo Sidney, you don’t think of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
But John Lucas does.
Lucas is an ex-NBA player and coach. He’s gained added fame for working with athletes who are strugging with addiction. And he also has a gym in Houston where dozens of basketball stars have worked out, trained and grown. Including Sidney this summer.
“He’s the third-most talented guy who has ever been in my gym, behind Kobe and LeBron. I had never seen him before, but now I see what all the fuss is about. He’s got everything. He can do whatever he wants on the court. He’s that talented. …
He’s got every component to the game. He has so much basketball knowledge and I think that’s part of the problem. He gets frustrated and mad at his teammates.”
From what Lucas told Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, Sidney’s raw talent has led to him becoming spoiled.
“He’s been allowed to do whatever he wants. People have been treating him like a pro since the eighth grade. He’s been used to being catered to.”
Rick Stansbury risked quite a bit in luring Sidney to Starkville. Like a girl who see’s potential in a 40-year-old man who still wears jeans and sports long hair — hey, that’s me — because she thinks she can “change him,” Stansbury rolled the dice that he could clean up the attitude problems and unleash the talent in Sidney. That hasn’t happened yet.
Stansbury has gone 41-25 the last two seasons. He hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament in that time and he’s only gotten past the first round of the tourney once in the last six years.
With Lucas comparing Sidney to the best players in the NBA today, all eyes will be on Stansbury this winter to see just what he can coax out of the tempestuous big man. Will he win with Sidney or will Sidney be the undoing of Mississippi State’s team? If it’s the latter, he might also prove to be the undoing of Stansbury in Starkville.