St. John’s had just been ousted from the NCAA Tournament on Friday, when Steve Lavin began doing what he does best: Spinning.
“The most satisfying season I’ve ever had as a coach,” said Lavin, after a year that ended with three straight bad losses, and no wins in the Big East Tournament or NCAA Tournament – again.
The Red Storm may have lost to San Diego State in their NCAA opener before it even began, when starting center Chris Obepka was suspended for smoking pot.
The real question is, what is Lavin smoking?
Observers gushed all year about the Red Storm’s athleticism and experience. Still, they started 0-3 in the Big East, digging an early conference hole for a second straight season. They failed to secure an NCAA bid until recent weeks, largely on the shoulders of one player, Sir’Dominic Pointer.