April 29, 2013 |
Former UCLA basketball Coach Ben Howland has listed his home in a gated Bel-Air neighborhood for $1,899,950. Built in 1999, the stone-clad home features an elevator, a home theater, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and close to 4,700 square feet of living space. The nearly half-acre lot includes a swimming pool with spa, a covered patio and a barbecue center. During Howland's 10 years at UCLA, he won four conference titles and coached the team to three Final Fours. Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates is the listing agent.
March 29, 2013
It's not Ben Howland's fault. Put the blame on UCLA and the NBA. The UCLA basketball program is nothing more than a puppy mill for the NBA. If Alcindor, Goodrich, Walton, Hazzard and Wilkes had left the Bruins after their first or second year during the Wooden era, there would have been very few championships, if any. How many starting seniors were on the current team? Every year UCLA goes out of its way to recruit freshmen for what I call their JV (Just Visiting) team, knowing well that they will leap to the NBA the next year.
March 25, 2013 |
Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three Final Fours, was fired Sunday, the school announced, ending the longest tenure for a Bruins coach since John Wooden retired in 1975. Howland spent 10 seasons in Westwood, finishing with a 233-107 record. He is coming off one of his best coaching performances, with the Bruins winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship. Yet his star had fallen considerably since he took UCLA to consecutive Final Fours in 2006, '07 and '08. He was informed Sunday that he was fired.
March 22, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - This sure looked like adieu. UCLA guard Larry Drew II left the game with a 83-63 loss to Minnesota decided. Coach Ben Howland greeted him near the official scorer's table and the two hugged for several seconds. It was goodbye for Drew, a senior who played his last game. But it may be only one of the so-long, thanks-for-playing moments. UCLA's season, which started with such high expectations, ended not with a bang, but with a whimper Friday night in the NCAA tournament.
March 22, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- It wasn't so much a goodbye wave as a slap in the face. After 10 years of professionally serving a university he loved, Ben Howland was ushered out with two hours of everything he hated. Selfish shots. Lazy defense. Blank stares. In what was probably Howland's final game as a UCLA basketball coach after a decade of giving the program class and dignity and three Final Four appearances, his players gave him nothing. IN-DEPTH: Shabazz Muhammad's father planned to mint NBA millionaire In what was probably his last stand, he was crushed.
March 21, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - UCLA is in the NCAA tournament, which used to be a rite of spring around Westwood. The Bruins should advance in the NCAA tournament … and advance … and advance. This is a requirement UCLA fans insist on. No one in the locker room should be happy just to be there. John Wooden retired 38 years ago, but the mandate remains. The No. 24-ranked Bruins tote that onto the court against Minnesota Friday night in their NCAA tournament opener at the Erwin Center. To please their fan base and silence critics, this can't be a one-and-done experience.