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January 18, 1997
I was happy to see Coach Lavin show Jelani McCoy the pine for the start of the Cal game. McCoy epitomizes what is wrong with the UCLA basketball team: Individual show-boating, no team ethic, lots of talent, but inconsistent performance. The most irritating thing about watching the Bruins games are McCoy's celebrations after every dunk and tantrums after every foul, every miss, every . . . PHIL LUEBBEN Westminster
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January 3, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Steve Lavin underwent nearly seven hours of surgery for prostate cancer in October, knowing that the college basketball season was just around the corner but counting on his energetic ways to carry him to a recovery full enough that he could coach this season. He wanted to be on the court as St. John's tried to build on the momentum it achieved last year when the Red Storm qualified for the NCAA tournament after becoming perhaps the biggest surprise of the Big East Conference season.
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December 5, 1998
Do the Bruins realize how ridiculous their basketball team looked in those black road uniforms? Why don't they just add a skull and crossbones logo and change their name to the Raiders? NICK ROSE, Newport Beach As a Bruin supporter for more than 50 years, I can put up with the horrible new colors of the basketball uniforms, but why didn't Coach Lavin make an attempt to get rid of the floppy shorts that go down to the ankles? Coach Wooden did all right with the short shorts.
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February 4, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Steve Lavin was searching for a lunch spot near his TriBeCa loft one frigid morning a few months ago when a St. John's athletics official walking alongside the coach mentioned a few details about his remodeled basketball office. As Lavin had requested, the wall facing an adjacent hallway had been replaced by floor-to-ceiling glass to provide an increased sense of accessibility. There was also something Lavin hadn't asked for: a cross bearing a likeness of Jesus that had been left behind by the previous occupants.
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November 27, 1999
As a UCLA alum living in Chicago, I have curiously followed the seemingly ongoing strained relationship between Steve Lavin and Bruin faithful from afar. Having had the opportunity to read Bill Plaschke's article [Nov. 18], I am beginning to understand why Bruin faithful are concerned. The last time I was in Los Angeles, Jaron Rush was AWOL. Lo and behold, I come to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with my parents one year later, and this time Jaron has an "excused absence" for another in-season jaunt to Kansas City.
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January 25, 1997
The wonderful First Amendment! It allows Charles Chiccoa, a person completely devoid of knowledge about basketball or the teaching thereof, to express his foolish blather [Viewpoint, Jan. 18]. Chuckie, give Coach Lavin a fair chance. Even through your myopia, you will see a better effort and good results from these Bruins. MITCHELL GOLD Los Angeles There is more to Steve Lavin than his power haircut. The freshman coach, by being able to regroup his talented but depressed UCLA team, showed there is something underneath the best haircut L.A. has seen since Pat Riley's.
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December 23, 2000
Only Steve Lavin would have the audacity to call a horribly played five-point squeaker over UC Irvine a positive step for the UCLA basketball team. If he continues to lower the bar for Bruin basketball we will all have to do the limbo to get into Pauley. TONY SIRACUSA Pasadena Memo to Earl Watson: Earl, Earl, Earl, Earl! Do me a favor. The next time you're in Pauley, take a look around, you may see a banner or two. The last time I checked, they don't have USC written on them, they read UCLA.
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March 16, 2002
By now it's a well-known fact that large numbers of UCLA fans have taken to rooting against their beloved Bruins on the quite sensible principle that six or seven years of Steve Lavin is preferable to--yikes!--25 years. Imagine having to watch Lavin-ball in Pauley Pavilion in 2020! Imagine the horror of having to listen to another 20 years of Lav's appalling gibberish in that jackhammer voice. But the true author of the decline and fall of the only two Bruin sports that matter is Pete Dalis.
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February 22, 1997
With UCLA's success in Arizona last weekend, I can't shake the feeling that the administration has hired the basketball equivalent of Terry Donahue. Like Donahue, Steve Lavin looks like a coach, says the right things, works hard, works for the right price, is young enough to coach for 20 years before facing burnout, and began his career with an upset victory in Arizona. Donahue-like success (an occasional good year weighed against overall mediocrity) is not likely to be tolerated by the alumni, however.
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December 28, 1996
One wonders who is coaching fundamentals these days to the obviously overrated, over-hyped future NBA golden boys at UCLA, given the inordinate turnovers, lack of focus and undisciplined style of play all on painful display this season. Cameron Dollar is not only "the one" [Dec. 19], but also the "zero"--equal to the number of points he scored against Illinois. Was it only last year that UCLA had pride, intensity and a real program in place? SAM BLEVINS Westlake Village I read with interest the recent NCAA violations handed down to the basketball programs of Louisville and Arkansas.
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May 6, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
New St. John's Coach Steve Lavin, the former UCLA basketball coach, has wasted little time in using his West Coast connections and recruiting skills. Dwayne Polee Jr., the Los Angeles City Section player of the year from Westchester High, said Thursday he has accepted a scholarship to St. John's and will sign a letter of intent on Friday. "[Lavin] told me the style of play he's going to have, and I feel him and his coaching staff will make me a better player," Polee said.
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March 16, 2002
By now it's a well-known fact that large numbers of UCLA fans have taken to rooting against their beloved Bruins on the quite sensible principle that six or seven years of Steve Lavin is preferable to--yikes!--25 years. Imagine having to watch Lavin-ball in Pauley Pavilion in 2020! Imagine the horror of having to listen to another 20 years of Lav's appalling gibberish in that jackhammer voice. But the true author of the decline and fall of the only two Bruin sports that matter is Pete Dalis.
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March 9, 2002
Gosh, I can't wait to see what Steve Lavin does with next year's team. I mean, look at the long list of great things he has done thus far. He has taken a team picked by a landslide to win the Pac-10 and he turned them into a sixth-place team that flamed out in the first round of the conference tournament. He has taken a team that was picked by most to be a top-five team in the country and he has them right out of the top 25 and headed for a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament. Yet another enthralling Sweet 16 (or Steve 16 as I like to call it)
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February 10, 2001
With UCLA defeating Stanford at Stanford and then USC at the Sports Arena, will you finally stop giving the floor to the Lavin haters for a week? I only can assume that The Times sports department has it in for Lavin, with the letters you continually choose to run. If the morons who write in had the talent to run a major college basketball program, they would be doing it. Instead, they come off as self-styled sports geniuses in the paper, without an...
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January 27, 2001
Last Saturday's loss to Arizona was another painful chapter in the Steve Lavin saga and typical of his UCLA teams. As we often witness--as in the first half against Arizona--this team has the talent to run with anybody in the country. But then it falls apart. To be outscored by 33 points in the second half is inexcusable. It sure is tough being a Bruin fan in Tucson. Where do I send my check to contribute to the severance-package drive? JOHN C. GERMAINE Tucson The problem with UCLA basketball is the fans.
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December 23, 2000
Only Steve Lavin would have the audacity to call a horribly played five-point squeaker over UC Irvine a positive step for the UCLA basketball team. If he continues to lower the bar for Bruin basketball we will all have to do the limbo to get into Pauley. TONY SIRACUSA Pasadena Memo to Earl Watson: Earl, Earl, Earl, Earl! Do me a favor. The next time you're in Pauley, take a look around, you may see a banner or two. The last time I checked, they don't have USC written on them, they read UCLA.
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March 25, 2000
What transformed the UCLA basketball team? Easy answer: RPM. Reading Plaschke's Maligning. ED FISHER Van Nuys I am sick of all the criticism directed at Steve Lavin. One scathing critique in last week's Viewpoint really angered me. Vince in Newport Beach stated that the definitive reason Lavin should be fired is that he emphasizes that his "relationship" with the players on his team (in this case Earl Watson) is more important than "winning or losing" basketball games.
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January 27, 2001
Last Saturday's loss to Arizona was another painful chapter in the Steve Lavin saga and typical of his UCLA teams. As we often witness--as in the first half against Arizona--this team has the talent to run with anybody in the country. But then it falls apart. To be outscored by 33 points in the second half is inexcusable. It sure is tough being a Bruin fan in Tucson. Where do I send my check to contribute to the severance-package drive? JOHN C. GERMAINE Tucson The problem with UCLA basketball is the fans.
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March 25, 2000
What transformed the UCLA basketball team? Easy answer: RPM. Reading Plaschke's Maligning. ED FISHER Van Nuys I am sick of all the criticism directed at Steve Lavin. One scathing critique in last week's Viewpoint really angered me. Vince in Newport Beach stated that the definitive reason Lavin should be fired is that he emphasizes that his "relationship" with the players on his team (in this case Earl Watson) is more important than "winning or losing" basketball games.
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November 27, 1999
As a UCLA alum living in Chicago, I have curiously followed the seemingly ongoing strained relationship between Steve Lavin and Bruin faithful from afar. Having had the opportunity to read Bill Plaschke's article [Nov. 18], I am beginning to understand why Bruin faithful are concerned. The last time I was in Los Angeles, Jaron Rush was AWOL. Lo and behold, I come to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with my parents one year later, and this time Jaron has an "excused absence" for another in-season jaunt to Kansas City.
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