I long ago swore off posting my thoughts about the basketball team, what with the majority here having drank the Purple colored Kool-Aid that John Brady and our AD has passed out for free with discounted tickets and a sub-par product on the court, but I'll digress with that tangent and get to the point... If anyone is watching what's happening on ESPN (Cox Cable Channel 35 in Baton Rouge), then you realize just what heights a SEC Basketball program can reach. The atmosphere in the amazing O'Connell Center is electric. Dickie V. is flapping his gums about the amazing recruits Donovan's brought in. The fans are all decked out in either blue or orange. The team played inspired on defense and tough, though they got calls and non-calls, depending on their end of the court, the entire game, to erase a double digit first half deficit to go up by as many as 10 in the 2nd half...even though they're down with less than a minute to go here, and they'll probably eat a tough home loss, I'd like to talk about this program. They execute no matter the defense, and they execute no matter the situation...They play tough, they have multiple players who excel at movement without the basketball as well as they excel on an individual level. They run, they transition well, and they execute their half court offense well. They have players who can put the ball on the floor and create their own space and their own shot, and then hit that shot. They have players who can hit the open three, or move through a set of picks and drain a perimeter shot as well. They basically do things that John Brady has never heard of... I apologize to all who love him and adulate him, but this man is no Billy Donovan, and Donavan, along with Tubby Smith of Kentucky, are the best coaches in the conference. There is no excuse for why we are saddled with a poor facility and a poor coach. John Brady will probably end up with a better than .500 record in the conference this year, and may very well win one or two games in the conference. He'll go to the 1st round of the NCAA's... How many years will LSU reward mediocrity with a rollover or an extension? I for one tire of mediocrity...regularly scoring under 60 points. I tire of a good defense with a totally inept half court offense. I tire of a coach so entranced with a half court offense as Brady is. We recruited run the court athletes like Regis Koundja and Tack Minor. We have great athletes like Darrell Mitchell, Jr., and Bass...Yet we have NOT tried to push an up-tempo pace at all this year.... We have a team baffled by a zone defense, with no hopes of figuring out this Rubix Cube anytime soon....How long will we continue to allow this man to be a band-aid over a bullethole? Brady is a good coach. He knows his X's and O's. His problem is hubris. He recruits well, then doesn't adjust his gameplan to his players and personnel. His off the court antics are much maligned and lamented facts of my posting history's lore, and I won't go into that... But, on this eve of a re-celebration of our newfound excellence and a new attitude as fans, lets all agree that John Brady just isn't the man to bring LSU to the heights it can attain. I want people to talk about a refurbished P-MAC like they talk about Rupp or O'Connell or Bud Walton... I want people to talk about Brandon Bass like they talk about Reddick, or Okafor, or Jamir Nelson... I want people to respect LSU Basketball. I want to stop settling for mediocrity as fans... Do you all want the same?