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Basketball: Monty his old self, minus stamina

I visited with Mike Montgomery at his office for a few minutes today and here’s how I know he is getting back to normal.

When I remarked that he looks good, he shot back, “Compared to what?”

When Monty has the sarcasm going, you know that good health is returning.

He was on campus Wednesday — one week after still unspecified surgery — to meet with a few players in his office and conduct some routine business. He won’t be on the practice floor until perhaps Thursday, at which point he said he’d be mostly watching from a chair.

He said he feels good and he was smiling when he said it.

“I don’t have a lot of energy right now,” he said. “But it’s a long season.”

Again, he declined to provide specifics about the reason for his surgery.

Montgomery is scheduled to attend Friday’s Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles and will be at Haas Pavilion on Sunday for the Bears’ free open practice (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

The Bears face UC San Diego in an exhibition game Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Haas.

Jeff Faraudo