March 14, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - A UCLA basketball team that has sleepwalked through parts of the season has taken the metaphor to an entirely new level. On Thursday, the Bruins won a basketball game in their pajamas. In their 80-75 comeback victory over Arizona State in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament, the Bruins were resourceful, resilient, and just so darn cute. Thanks to new uniforms provided by Adidas - the athletic department's owner, er, sponsor - the Bruins looked like Care Bears.
October 31, 2012 |
The Steve Nash Era started with a roar, the decibel level inside Staples Center reaching earsplitting proportions when the point guard was introduced before his first game as a Laker. There was mostly audible unease for the next 48 minutes. Nash and the new Lakers offense weren't exactly a revelation during a 99-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night in their opener. The two-time most valuable player seemed unsure of himself, doing little directing or his trademark pick and rolls.
April 4, 2012 |
A familiar UCLA chant broke out in a Chicago hotel room a few days before the McDonald's All-American high school basketball game. Clap-clap-clap-clap.... Kyle Anderson, Bruins point-guard-in-waiting, was trying to teach the eight clap to Shabazz Muhammad, potential Bruins savior-in-waiting. It wasn't a flawless rendition. "Just like me before, you have to work on it," said Anderson, who signed a letter of intent with UCLA last fall and was lobbying to have Muhammad do the same next week.
November 11, 2011 |
Loyola Marymount Coach Max Good recently joked that he had asked UCLA counterpart Ben Howland to send a second-level team to the opener to make it a fair fight. It appeared as if Howland did. The 17th-ranked Bruins seemed completely out of sorts during a 69-58 loss Friday night at the Sports Arena, their inside-out approach appearing more upside-down throughout a game in which they didn't have a coherent plan on offense and were equally bad on defense. The Lions repeatedly beat UCLA off the dribble and played with more confidence and a greater sense of purpose throughout their first victory over the Bruins since 1941.
November 8, 2011 |
The checks that would make Darren Collison a millionaire were just starting to come in when the New Orleans Hornets rookie received some startling advice during the 2009-10 season. Save your money. You never know if there will be an NBA season two years from now. So Collison, then fresh out of dorm life and roughing it at UCLA, took a measured approach to moving into a new tax bracket in his first two NBA seasons. He bought himself a two-bedroom condominium in Los Angeles.
March 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Tampa, Fla. The first time it happened, the tears were so fresh and unexpected, Ryan Hollins draped a towel over his face to hide them. "It hurts," he said, his words muffled by the cloth. "I can't really explain it. " The second time it happened, the pain had become so familiar, Arron Afflalo didn't even try to mask it, standing in front of his locker as tears trickled down his cheeks. "It's not enough," he said. "It's just not enough. " Actually, it's almost too much, the UCLA basketball family wracked by the reality that their two best recent hopes for a national championship were stopped by one team in consecutive Final Fours.
January 18, 2011 |
On a wall in Ben Howland's UCLA office, there is a photo collage that makes even the toughest face in college basketball melt. "Look at those guys," he says softly Tuesday afternoon, spinning in his chair and pointing to melded images of players who once led his team to three consecutive Final Fours. "They were something, weren't they?" There's Russell Westbrook throwing down a dunk, Kevin Love rolling out a smile, Jordan Farmar flying on a break, Arron Afflalo slapping at a pass, Darren Collison dribbling through a screen, memory after memory, snipped nets and hoisted trophies and winning.
November 30, 2010 |
Reporting from Memphis, Tenn. It's like a broken record. Another point guard got into the teeth of the Lakers' defense and created problems. That has been the case for three consecutive games now, this time Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley doing the damage. He scored a season-high 28 points. He was 10-for-13 from the field, four-for-five from three-point range in leading the Grizzlies past the Lakers Tuesday night. He had just three assists and just two turnovers.
November 18, 2010 |
Randy Foye was an especially busy man Thursday night. He played seven minutes in the first half against the Indiana Pacers. When he wasn't playing, he put heat on his left leg and rode the exercise bicycle to keep the leg loose. In all, he played 13-plus minutes and had four points and two assists. And the left hamstring seemed to survive. He is the first of the three injured Clippers to return ? the other two are center Chris Kaman (sprained left ankle) and point guard Baron Davis (swollen left knee.
August 12, 2010
The New Orleans Hornets traded for forward Trevor Ariza on Wednesday, part of a four-team deal that involved the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. In exchange for Ariza, who signed a five-year, $34-million contract with Houston last year, the Hornets shipped second-year point guard Darren Collison and forward James Posey to the Pacers. Troy Murphy left the Pacers for the Nets, who sent guard Courtney Lee to Houston. Ariza was a starting forward for the Lakers in 2009 when they won the NBA championship.