Today, all is sunny in the Gonzaga constellation. The Zags are in their accustomed spot in the NCAA tournament, about to play Oklahoma State on Friday for the right to keep suiting up in San Diego.
Soon, though, their run will end, and perhaps then it will be more piercing — how much better it could have all been with a healthy Kevin Pangos.
As the team bus idled last week outside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, where Gonzaga had just beaten BYU for the WCC title, Pangos was keeping a stiff upper lip. It’s become something of a Zag tradition that even when one’s personal affairs aren’t what they could be, the team is still the thing.
So Pangos said: “Yeah, it’s been up and down. I’m trying to pick my spots, do what I can to help my team win. We have a great record right now and we’re going to the NCAA tournament.
“Although my personal stats might not be the way I want them to be, or although I’m not hitting the shots or making the plays I want to, I’m just as happy as I was last year.”