March 17, 2001
It seems as if most stories on Coach Steve Lavin, the negative ones, find their way to the front page. But when his peers honor him by voting him the Pacific 10 coach of the year, you demean the whole UCLA team, the school, the coach and the readers by putting the story in a little box on page seven. Wake up, and try to be fair. JOHN N. LEVI JR. Los Angeles
November 11, 2000
As a fan of UCLA's Earl Watson and an unabashed detractor of nearly every Bill Plaschke column ever written concerning UCLA basketball, I feel I must, in all fairness, pass along my highest praise to Plaschke for his outstanding piece on Watson [Nov. 8]. Plaschke's column nearly brought tears to the eyes of this jaded Bruin fan. Plaschke's insights into Watson's on- and off-court growth and development during his tenure in Westwood truly resonated, as did his fair and magnanimous account of Coach Steve Lavin's role in that process.
May 4, 2002
Juxtapose new UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero's comment, "I want student athletes who, on the playing field, have strong fundamentals, who fire out every night, who never take a night off" with Bob Toledo's, "The athletic director's job is to let the coaches coach and give them the weapons to get the job done." Guerrero views his position as Toledo's boss. Toledo sees Guerrero as his facilitator. My prediction is that basketball Coach Steve Lavin will grow under Guerrero's tutelage and Toledo will be replaced.
January 20, 2001
UCLA's victory over Arizona State on Thursday was the kind of game Coach Steve Lavin has Bruin fans accustomed to. Uninspired, tepid play against a seriously undermatched opponent is a given under Lavin, which is why we have the kind of crowd support at Pauley that we do, and will continue to have until he is gone: tepid and uninspired (not to mention dwindling). What is amazing as UCLA wakes up with a spotless record in the Pac-10 (due to the Pitino flame that continues to burn in true Bruins' hearts, not to mention under Lavin's butt)
December 30, 1996 |
UCLA received an oral commitment Sunday from Billy Knight, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Westchester High who said one of his first actions as a Bruin recruit would be to try to persuade Santa Monica Crossroads point guard Baron Davis to join him in Westwood. "I know him real well," Knight said of Davis. "I'm not sure if I can convince him, but we'll see."
July 6, 2002
Even on his way out the door, Pete Dalis [July 1] has proven himself incapable of speaking without tripping over his tongue. First, he pays not one but two back-handed and ill-advised compliments to his basketball coach and football coach and claims he could have hired better coaches if only he had the money. Ironic, isn't it, that money was no object when Dalis solicited the services of the over-priced Rick Pitino and then lied about this solicitation to his basketball coach and the press, undermining the efforts of Coach Steve Lavin and the entire basketball program in the process.