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October 30, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Romar at media day

Lorenzo Romar has just departed the podium here at Pac-10 media day.
Romar began the proceedings with some levity as he followed Cal’s Mike Montgomery (and that’s a rather strange thing to write) and said that “I have a letter from Mike Montgomery at my mother’s house. Mike Montgomery recruited me to play basketball (at Montana).”
Shouted Montgomery from the back of the room — “I’ve always been a lousy recruiter Lorenzo.”
Romar usually has little reaction to the poll that is released here and he kept to that again today pointing out UW has been picked as high as second and as low as seventh the last few years. “We’ll see how the season plays out,” he said.
Romar again waxed optimistic about the team this season, pointing first to the added experience.
“I think that’s real important when you put a team out there on the floor that there is some continuity with the guys who have played together with the freshmen coming in, and even the sophomores,” he said. “The entire load of the program won’t be on their shoulder. In times last couple of years we probably had more of that.”
“We also have more playmakers, more guys that can make plays. A guy like a Michael Cooper, who wasn;t a great scorer but he was a play maker, he just did things to improve the game. I think we have more of those guys and we’ve lacked that the last couple of years in terms of the numbers, and that will in turn make us a better basketball team this year.”
“I also think this is a close knit team that is already playing together. I’ve kind of been looking forward to this year.”
As for the league race, Romar said that: “It would be hard for me to pinpoint on 1 through 10. I think it’s quite obvious that UCLA is going to be really good. I don’t where USC was picked but you have to pick them really high along with Arizona State. I just think out there in that Pac-10 there are others that will surprise people, there will be a couple that will change people’s minds as the year goes on.”
Asked if the Huskies are an underdog this year, Romar said: “I don’t know if I’d describe us as an underdog. I just thnk we have the mindset of we have to be totally concerned about each drill in practice. Every day we are going out there to give maximum effort in each drill, each day, each week and go from there.”
Romar also again said he thinks Jon Brockman is in the best shape of his career, that “he’s like a sleek Doberman right now. He’s still right at 250 but just a little better proportioned right now. He’s playing very efficient basketball right now, there is very little wasted motion in his game.”
Romar also had this to say about Isaiah Thomas when asked about his size: “He is definitely small, that’s for sure. He’s one of those guys, they are the only ones who don’t know that they are small. He’s a very confident player, the type of player who can captivate you a little bit, you catch yuourself watching, wondering how he survives out there that small. But he’s very courageous. He has a big heart. I don’t think players like that can survive if they don’t have a big heart and aren’t courageous.”

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