March 8, 2013
Shabazz Muhammad plays 32 minutes and goes four for 19 with a grand total of three rebounds and zero assists against a Washington State team that has won three conference games all season after Coach Ben Howland says Shabazz is "one and done" at UCLA? As a lottery pick? I'm not sure which of them is more delusional at this point. Jim B. Parsons Canyon Lake :: Ben Howland is right. He did not adequately prepare the Bruins for the humiliating loss to last-place Washington State.
March 8, 2013 |
SEATTLE - You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, not around Westwood. Bruins fans were at their giddiest this season after the Bruins defeated Arizona a week ago. All it took was one trip to Pullman, Wash., to bring out pessimism in the ranks. The Bruins' 73-61 loss to Washington State - the Pac-12's last-place team - Wednesday was an embarrassing moment for a team that seemed on solid footing. Yet, with a victory over Washington on Saturday, the Bruins can clinch at least a share of the conference title.
March 5, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Ben Howland, resigned to freshman Shabazz Muhammad's leaving for the NBA after this, his first season of college basketball, would like to see a change in how the NBA handles drafting players. "I would prefer the kids could go right after high school, but once they are in college, they have to stay three years, or two," Howland said. The chance of that change being implemented? Howland knows it's the same as a snowball's in a warm place. "I don't see it happening," he lamented.
March 4, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Ben Howland, resigned to the possibility that freshman Shabazz Muhammad will leave for the NBA after this season, put forth a plan about how the NBA should handle drafting young players. He also admitted it didn't have a chance of being implemented. “I would prefer the kids could go right after high school, but once they are in college they have to stay three years, or two,” Howland said. But, he said, “I don't see it happening. There is no dialogue with the NBA.” Howland said the current situation is perfect for the NBA. “They get a year to evaluate kids in program, against better competition," he said.
March 3, 2013 |
UCLA freshman sensation Shabazz Muhammad has played his final game at Pauley Pavilion. Well, at least according to Bruins Coach Ben Howland. The 6-foot-6 Muhammad is part of a blue-chip freshman class, which includes 6-9 guard Kyle Anderson, on a UCLA team that struggled early in the season but is in the thick of the Pac-12 Conference title race. But the explosive swingman appears headed to the NBA next season, if you listen to Howland. "That was his last game in Pauley," Howland said after a hard-fought 74-69 victory over No. 11-ranked Arizona.
March 2, 2013 |
Sounds strange, I know. But I hope you never have reason to meet Dr. Noah Federman, who makes his living saving children's lives. Extraordinary guy. Take all the athletes I've met in more than 40 years and this is my hero, even though he has to admit, "Some see me coming and it's a visceral reaction; they put their heads in a trash can and throw up. "I'm not that ugly," he protests, and we argue for the next 10 minutes. I wear a hat with the name of the place where he works to every game as a reminder to athletes how lucky they have it. Most just look at it as a hat. It might be five years since I last saw Federman.
February 15, 2013 |
Urgency was the word for the day. UCLA needs to play with it against Stanford on Saturday at Maples Pavilion, and beyond. "This is a must-win game for us," freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad said. They all are, with significance reaching several levels for the Bruins. - UCLA is one game out of first in the Pac-12 Conference and is trying to win its fourth conference title under Coach Ben Howland. - The NCAA tournament is on the horizon, and the Bruins (18-7 overall, 8-4 Pac-12)
February 12, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Ben Howland gave the glass-is-half-full stance a try. The Bruins are tops in the Pac-12 in turnover margin. They also are No. 1 in field goal defense in conference games. But one thing kept creeping back into the discussion. The Bruins are tied for first in the Pac-12 standings, but Howland said “we're not going to win it continuing on the path we're on rebounding.” UCLA ranks last among conference teams in rebound margin … and it seems to be getting worse.
February 8, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Ben Howland stepped down from the podium after his postgame news conference Thursday. There to greet him after a gritty victory over Washington was Mark Harlan, senior associate athletic director. Harlan put his arm around Howland and patted him on the back. An endorsement? For the moment. The Bruins hunkered down against Washington and got a key Pac-12 victory, but not everyone was happy. Fans still carped at Howland in cyberspace, while ESPN analyst, and former UCLA player, Bill Walton went at him over the air. The Bruins (17-6 overall, 7-3 in conference play)
February 7, 2013 |
February Madness. Larry Drew II dribbles to his left, throws up a jumper, it drops down just as the backboard lights up, glowing red, dancing blue, swish, buzzer, game. February Madness. Pauley Pavilion is half full but roaring loud, fans bouncing in a giant mob, Drew disappearing into a mass of teammates, new month, last gasp. February Madness. It once carried Ben Howland's UCLA teams to three consecutive Final Fours. It must now save his job. The Bruins won their first game of their coach's most historically revealing month Thursday with a 59-57 victory over Washington on Drew's chaos-causing buzzer beater.