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Steve Lavin Won’t Return to the Bench Until He Regains Stamina

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17:  Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm gestures during a game against the Arizona at Wildcats 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Steve Lavin, who had prostate cancer surgery back on October 6, missed the first game of St. John's season, returned to the bench for the next four, then missed two more last week. And Lavin now tells ESPN that he won't return to the bench again until he's regained the necessary stamina. Said the Red Storm coach: "It became clear that presently I have not recovered enough from surgery to lead the team through the toil of a game." Lavin said that while lower-stress activities such as taking notes at practice or watching a prospect in a high-school game aren't too taxing, "it's the game coaching that presents the biggest challenge" at this stage in his recuperation. St. John's next plays on Thursday night, at No. 1 Kentucky. [ESPN]

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