The only problem? Somehow, Sidney is still not in shape. Here's MSU coach Rick Stansbury speaking after Mississippi State's Tuesday exhibition win over Bellhaven (via Mike DeCourcy):
“Renardo had a lot of fatigue. He will have to get in better shape if we are going to use him a lot.”
I might be missing something, but hasn't Renardo had an entire calendar year, plus a month or so this season, to focus on getting in shape? Didn't his teammates rave about his work ethic in the offseason? Didn't these concerns trail Renardo throughout his entire high school and AAU career? Didn't anyone get this memo?
Mississippi State desperately needs Sidney to have a productive year. That's motivating factor No. 1. Sidney desperately needs to show NBA scouts he can capitalize on the talent that made him one of the most highly sought-after big men in the class of 2009. That's motivating factor No. 2. Even if Sidney didn't buy in to the former, you'd think he'd realize -- especially given his bombast and bravado during the suspension -- how much skin he has on the line in the latter. Apparently not, or at least not yet.