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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 10, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseFriday december 10, 1999 stars and stripes timeout Page making their Point without injured guard Morrissey Chicago Tribune Chicago if this is going to work the coach needs to work on his wardrobe. A Michigan state shirt Green shorts and a crooked baseball Cap simply won t Cut it. The crutches let s put it this Way would Bob Knight Model crutches on the sideline no he would not not even if he had a bloody stump for a leg. And on a purely technical note the Guy needs to work the officials if he wants any respect. Way too quiet Mateen. Of sorry. That s coach Cleaves to us. This is life As Michigan state knows it these Days with an injured Point guard helping out wherever he can. The coach on the floor is now the coach on the Bench giving Tom Izzo and his assistants any assistance he can. Ever since Mateen Cleaves underwent surgery for a stress fracture in Jujj Swright Frothi feb. .v.-. To is a � ton Ber this is now it has been for the spartans one moment Cleaves is up off the Bench Lead ing cheers. The next moment he s Back Down again offering advice. When his replacement Charlie Bell takes a rest during a game he plops Down beside Cleaves and listens. Against Providence in the puerto Rico shootout on thanksgiving Cleaves was try ing to Calm Down Bell against a ferocious press. The friars were athletic and the Only saving Grace for Michigan state was that they could t hit the Broad Side of Rick Majerus. Cleaves told Bell to pass rather than try to dribble through a press. Sim ple stuff but Bell hardly has played Point guard in his career. You be got to listen to him. He s an ail american Bell said. What he says makes a lot of sense. Most of the time Mateen will Tell you before the coach tells you. He just knows the Point guard position in and out. He s been a big help Tbone. Every time i go put he s telling me Little titbits that help my game at the Point. I think i m doing a great Job of trying to pick it up while he s out. He s like a magic Johnson. When magic Johnson tells him something he listens. And when Mateen tells me something i m Crovino to listen " .by11 a la ilorx4s�i5$$vs Gleaves fill s a valuable Niche while he s out. He s Izzo s filter to the guards the Berlitz translator of Izzo s descriptive suggestions to Bell and David Thomas. Izzo Tell Charlie to at or else i la at Cleaves Charlie you might want to consider passing the Ball official contest rules Here s How to play 1. Contest is open to All . Government id cardholders and their authorized dependents 21 years or older stationed in the Pacific or european regions. Verification May be required. 2. Limit one entry per envelope and one weekly Winner per household. 3. Void where prohibited. 4. No Purchase necessary. Copies of stars and stripes May be obtained for viewing at your Library. 5. 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The names of winners will appear on the weekly pro zone sunday game Page beginning on october 3rd, 1999 and each week thereafter throughout the regular professional football season. 17. This contest begins on september 5th, 1999 and ends on Friday december 17, 1999. Grand prize winners will be announced in stripes on january 23,2000. From a player. Believe it or not it might not otherwise have the associated press with Mateen Cleaves out until the new year the spartans have looked to Charlie Bell and others to pick up the Slack. I m a Little harder on Point guards and Mateen can take it but i Don t think the other two can yet Izzo said. I Tell him you talk to them a Little bit it s better coming he sees the same the Providence game was a hint of things to come. The Fri ars pressed much of the game forcing Bell and the rest to use their smarts and athleticism. That s not necessarily a bad thing because Michigan state likes to run. But the spartans figure to be pressed until they prove they can handle it. We know that Cleaves said. When i got Hurt we knew from there on we were going to get pressed the whole game. The Guys did a great Job against Providence. One thing we Don t do is expect one Guy or two Guys to break the press by themselves. We did a Good Job As a team of breaking the press. If we continue to do that we re going to be a Tough team to this is new ground for the spartans. Last year when they were on their Way to the final four opposing teams rarely pressed figuring Cleaves was More Likely to get hit by lightning while cashing in a lotto Jackpot than be pressured into a turn Over. Izzo says his team prac tired against the press five min utes a week last season com pared with 20 minutes a Day this season. If Izzo wants to look on the Bright Side he can think of this As Quality time. Without Cleaves known and that could help when the Star Point guard returns in time for the big ten conference season. So when the spartans went to Chapel Hill n.c., and shut Down then no. 2 Nort Carolina last week it was a huge morale Booster for the program. We be got to keep pushing said Morris Peterson who scored 31 Points in the Victory Over North Carolina. We be got to keep fighting. We have a lot of Young Guys this year. If we can get those Guys going and show them How to win Well be a bet Ter there have been Tough times for Cleaves. The reality of his situation hit him during the spartans exhibition games and he cried at North Carolina be cause he knew he could t play. I m dealing with it he said. I m not Happy with sitting. I really want to be out there play ing but i m Hurt. God does every thing for a reason. Right now i m learning More about he laughs. The Way they re looking i be just got to come Back and find a spot where i can come in he said. If the playing gig does t work out there s always coaching. I m sick of him being an assistant Izzo said. I d like to get him out of my meetings and Michigan state is learning things get him Back on the former Mcdonald s ail american finds Success not Quick As fast food by Jimmy Greenfield Chicago Tribune Chicago it takes time to adjust to College life. There s the Burden of being away from Home for the first time and trying to figure out How to make it to class hours sleep. / the Roommate snores the heat does t work and the food if you can Call it that seems to be crawl ing across your plate. \ now take All that and throw in having to uphold the expectations of the entire student body not to mention the professors alumni and throngs of support ers. There s also the tiny matter of your own Hopes and dreams. A Tough Job for any teen age basketball Star but incredibly Many Are up to the task \ Kansas Junior guard Kenny Gregory admits adjusting to College basketball was not easy for him even with his 41-Inch vertical leap though his first two seasons at Kansas after being named the map of the Mcdonald s High school All Ameri can game were hardly failures. People were expecting a lot out of me immediately said Gregory a Columbus Ohio native. And i guess i did t live up to other people s the turnaround was Likely borne mid Way through last sea. Of \. I Vav the associated press Junior Kenny Gregory is finally living up to his potential on a talented Jay Hawks team. Son when Gregory lost his Start ing role on a Kansas team that was ranked in the top 25 almost All year but which was one of the weaker squads coach Roy will iams has produced in recent memory. With the addition this season of Transfer Luke Axtell and fresh men Collison and Drew Gooden Gregory was on the verge of becoming player. I � -. C i for a former Mcdonald s All american that s just Short of being a bust even though he did average 11.3 Points last did t Stew and he did t resort to blaming a sore Back that had bothered him since he first became a Jayhawk. Instead Gregory went Back to work on his game in the of season and along with an improved jump shot came up with another real was going through the motions and i should t have been Gregory said. I wanted to go Back to the Way i was in High school playing every Day and having fun. When i think about my first two years at Kansas iwas enjoying myself but i was t having fun every Day i was play ing basketball the fun has begun. Gregory leads the fourth ranked Jay Hawks 6-1 averaging a team High 18 Points a , who has other things to occupy his mind with Collison Gooden and freshman Kirk Hin Rich All playing significant min utes gratefully listed three Rea sons for Gregory s improvement. One is just his maturity he said. Two he has worked on his game extremely hard. Three this is the first time he has been healthy since he has been at Kansas. So when you add Al those things together it does make him into a better

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