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Lavin could miss rest of St. John's season

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin, who has missed the team's past nine games as he continues to recuperate from prostate cancer surgery, could miss the rest of this season.

Lavin raised that possibility in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, published on Wednesday.

"There really is a strong argument for both," Lavin said of coming back this season versus remaining away from the sideline. "If we're doing good in February and I get a second wind, a clean bill of health and I've suffered no setbacks, it's worth keeping that door open. But if I'm not feeling up to the heavy lifting of coaching, I can stay in this GM role."

Lavin continues to travel for recruiting purposes, as well as manage the coaching staff and attend some practices. But he has not coached the Red Storm since their 58-57 loss to Texas A&M on Nov. 18.

After missing the team's season opener, then returning to coach the next four games, Lavin stepped away again, saying he had come back prematurely and did not yet have the stamina to coach in games.

The good news is, Lavin's surgery was deemed a success, and he is cancer-free.