Not that the San Jose State Spartans were any good to begin with(9-14), but their season just got a lot worse. Senior guard, and leading Spartans scorer, James Kinney(20.6 points per game) has been suspended for the season. The San Jose Mercury news first reported, that while Kinney was already sitting out eight games, that San Jose State would be without Kinney’s basket making abilities for the rest of the season. Reason(s) for the season long suspension are unknown.
How big of a deal is Kinney to the Spartans? Well out of the eight games he has already sat out, San Jose has lost all of them except none. That would be an incredible 0-8 without Kinney.
The Spartans have been desperate for scoring in his absence. In their last game, San Jose scored a tremendous 36 points. So basically, not matter how positive of a person you are, the season is(If it already wasn’t) over for the Spartans.
Spartans coach George Nessman told the newspaper how the loss of Kinney hurts the Spartans:
“It’s affected our team in powerful ways. When you have a player who’s an elite scorer, the game gets easier for everybody else. And now the game’s harder on everybody else.”
“Coaches are fond of saying, ‘I’m going to coach the guys I have,’ and that’s what I’m doing. I have no choice. But you can’t ignore the elephant in the room. It’s obvious. It doesn’t take much for people to look and say, ‘Hmm, when did they start struggling?”
Yes, the elephant in the room is that without Kinney the Spartans are a horrible team. Even fellow Spartan basketball players know that they are in a world of hurt. Forward Chris Cunningham told the paper:
“During a college basketball season, there’s always going to be ups and downs, and it’s really about how you respond to adversity. Up to this point, we haven’t responded very well.”
I was not there to hear that quote but I imagine it sounded more like, “During a college basketball season, there’s always going to be ups and downs, and it’s really about how you respond to adversity………(Shrug) Up to this point, (now violins in the background) we haven’t responded very well.” And as soon as he finished that statement the reporter says “No bleep.”
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