October 7, 2013 |
Tony Parker didn't take the midnight train to Georgia. The UCLA basketball player who seemed the most likely to bid adieu to Westwood remained in town. Now he is looking to make last season an anomaly. “I feel like last year was perfect for me," said Parker, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove High. “I feel like I needed a reality thing.” Realities don't come any starker. Parker was part of a recruiting class that was ranked first or second nationally, depending on which recruiting service was doing the ranking.
May 4, 2013 |
Area basketball coaches are seeing a lot of off-court action these days. Now that the Lakers are out of the playoffs, head coach Mike D'Antoni can turn his attention to moving into the house he and his wife, Laurel, just bought in Manhattan Beach for $6.9 million and working on his tan. Set on a walk street, the ocean-view home features a three-stop cherry-paneled elevator, which should come in handy for carting beverages from the...
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.