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December 13, 2004 at 12:09 PM

Tre steps up

What do you do when a guy averaging 18 points per game hurts his knee? Panic? You could. Give up on the season? Perhaps. Lorenzo Romar did none of those things. He smiled, said that losing Brandon Roy was tough, then announced that Tre Simmons would start until Brandon Roy comes back. There was no panic. Romar was calm, cool and collected. He obviously knew something that we didn’t.
Yesterday’s game against Loyola Marymount was the third straight 20-plus point performance for Simmons. In that stretch, he is 10-16 from behind the three-point arc and 5 for 5 from the free throw line. Keep in mind, this is a guy who averaged 28 points per game in junior college. He has one of the softest, sweetest shots you will ever see in college basketball. As effortless as all his movements look on the court, he is lightning quick and much stronger than he appears. And, I know firsthand. You see, I have played against Tre Simmons.
We played in a pickup game at the IMA building in early 2003, before I even knew who he was. I just thought he was some guy looking for a game (which, he actually was). I told him to go find one more guy so we could play five on five. He did, and then he tore us apart. He didn

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