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Probably not. Think Gauna 2.0.
Still hoping for this as well. He's a Spartan and unlike Lucious, Allen, and Kearney he wants to be part of this program and contribute to it's success. Don't know whether it will happen for him or not but I do give him props for that.
"I love March!" - Tom Izzo
We spend way too much time talking about a guy who has played only 2 total minutes in the last three games.
repeating what others say about you again?
Speaking of gutless.
Keeping the sunshiners in check since 2000.
I get that people want to defend a Spartan, but it's obvious that even Izzo doesn't think Byrd can play against the better teams on our schedule.
Kansas: 3 mins
Miami: 2 mins
Texas: 3 mins
Minnesota: 1 min
Ohio State: Did not play
Wisconsin: 2 mins
Indiana: Did not play
I think people generally understand this. We can see that Byrd isn't contributing, and we can see why Izzo isn't playing him more. No need to pile on.
What I think we would all like to see is significant minutes for Byrd if we get rolling against Iowa or Nebraska or even against a Cal Fullerton or Saint Kittens and Puppies in the NCAA tourney so he can get into a game rhythm offensively and defensively to get a little confidence going into next season. I fully expect Izzo to give him opportunities again at the right times, and I'd expect that Byrd will find his game at some point. What's his game? Hopefully an 8th man who can pop a few shots and improve offensive spacing.
If he never breaks through, then we can doubt Izzo's judgment and blast the kid for his struggles. I, for one, maintain hope, and I"m pulling for him like he's one of ours - because he is.
It was just a mistake;
I didn't mean to let them take away my soul.
Am I too old?
Is it too late?
Are you rooting as hard for Keenan Wetzel, Dan Chapman and Colby Wollenman?
I'm thinking it's too late in the season to hope for anything more than some improvements in defense from him, so he can takes some minutes and give some of our guys the rest they need while not being a liability on the court.
He's lost too much confidence and he's not playing consistently enough to get it back. He'll realistically get meaningful minutes against Illionois, maybe Purdue, Nebraska and NW. That's 4 of 10 remaining games which just won't get him in a groove he needs.
I really hope he will take this summer more seriously than he appears to be taking these games (staring off into space and not paying attention Izzo in the huddles) and get in the court and work on his shot with some music blaring or something distracting him to get something similar to an in-game feel.
Byrd does have very good form on his shot, so there is always the possibility that he can break through and become a solid contributor. However, when he was getting some minutes against the worst competition we played this year, he seemed to regress to the point that he doesn't look like he even wants to be on the court.
Good luck with whatever you end up deciding Russell, whether you stay here or transfer (and before someone says that Byrd says he's staying, players and coaches change their mind all the time).
I hear ya. I hate when people in game threads speak what's on their minds at any given time. Shame on them
A Spartan Today, A SPARTAN FOREVER. Through thick and thin, low and high water I strive to be the best Spartan ever.
Way to troll nonstop in any thread related to MSU athletics.
I know people supporting an athlete that is struggling is blasphemy to you since you would've rescinded Mateen's scholarship the second the SUV stopped rolling, but have a bran muffin and calm down slugger.
"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
I believe Byrd will be back next year and finish up his degree. I just don't see him sticking around for 5th year if his role doesn't increase. I could see him going to a mid-major using the Brandon Wood rule for his 5th year.
hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
Yeah that's what I don't get. No one says, "Oh man the walk-ons are true Spartans, Izzo should get them more minutes, I hope they don't transfer. They have moxie" and all the other stupid bullshit coming from the blowers in this thread.
Look fact is Byrd isn't good right now. Maybe in practice he's a lights out shooter, maybe his shooting form is picture perfect, whatever...the reality is in games he's terrible. That's not to say he can't or won't get better but for god sake...no shit he's not going to transfer...where could he possibly go that's as good of a situation as MSU where he would play significant minutes? Plus he'd have to sit out a year...why do that?
I don't mind having him on the team, maybe he's a good captain I dunno. But I'm not sure he deserves a ton of praise for not transferring like it's so magnanimous that he's deigned to stay on the team. He's probably a great scout team guy so it's not like as a fan I'd say, "man I hope he gets outta here so we can get a schollie back" that's dumb, but I also don't have to be thrilled when I see him come into games to give someone a breath/foul cannon fodder either.
Izzo just said last week that Bryd us only able to go at 70% of his strength due to injury. Izzo knows he's not in game shape just yet, but MSU can't afford to sit a guy with his long distance shooting ability on the bench this season. So, Izzo gives him a chance to get up a few shots and test his physical fitness in game situations. So what if he misses a couple shots, it's a game, all teams miss some shots. Those that hit the mark improve his confidence, gets the team up on their feet and keeps him engaged. What we as fans need to do is have more patience, the payoff is coming.
This post was edited by mdm2005 15 months ago
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
I'm sure entry said the same things about Austin Thornton, goran Suton and others.
If Garrick Sherman, Brandon Kearney, and doug davis can find a place to transfer to I think Byrd could as well.
Izzo said Byrd was at 90%.
I wish people would stop comparing Byrd to Suton and Thornton.
Thornton was a non-scholarship player (when he arrived) who worked hard while raising a kid and eventually became a solid part of the team.
Suton, even when he was just starting out, averaged 15 mins a game and actually started 6 games. By Suton's second season he started 21 games and averaged 27 mins a game. Izzo trusted him a lot to give him those kind of minutes as a younger guy.
This post was edited by Giant Moose 15 months ago
Lol, not 100% healthy! I do have an article of Izzo vowing to stay with him despite what some fans feel. In that article, which is over a week old, he mentions that Bryd is playing at 70%. If he's improved on that, isn't that a good thing? It's not as if Izzo doesn't have him working with the physical therapist to continue to improve each week.
I'm great with that, if he'd actually take shots when he's in. Instead, he struggles on D and passes up open threes. I was ecstatic during the Penn State game when he took a couple shots while in. Sadly, after making one and missing one, He hasn't taken a shot in a game since.
This is the article I read and posted on this site last week. It says 90%.
I didn't love Suton as a freshman but he was light years ahead of Byrd even then.
Ok, but did you ever stop to think that his lateral movement is hampering his defense and he's sometimes sent out to test that out specially by coach/PT?
Is it so shocking that his injury plays on his mind and he does freeze up out there at full game speed? Like I said, it's not as if MSU or any other team is going to hit 100% of its shots anyway. What difference does it make if Byrd is the one who misses a couple? It makes no difference over the course of a complete game.
Did you read the comment I quoted or read my comment? I could give a damn if he makes or misses at this point. I've never seen a player get out of a slump by passing the ball. I'd love to see him come in for 5 minutes each game and take 5 shots that were all misses. At least it'd show he's trying to shoot his way out of the slump. All we hear is he shoots lights out in practice. From what's been seen during games, he is incapable of defending at a B1G level, and he refuses to shot even when wide open. Can't fathom that that is what Izzo wants when he send him in there, which is why we haven't seen him in the last three games I'd guess.
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