May 2, 2000 |
Call 'em Jerome Moiso-Long and JaRon Rush Outtahere. At this point it's not even a big deal when players leave school early. That goes for everyone, everywhere. Even at UCLA. If players can check out prematurely on Mike Krzyzewksi, as they did on Dean Smith and John Thompson in their latter years, they can step away from Steve Lavin. Don't make these twin takeoffs a reflection of Lavin. They're a reflection of the times.
March 23, 2000 |
Self-doubt, a constant companion, gives way to a sudden burst of confidence, the biggest upset of all in this NCAA tournament. Jerome Moiso is thinking about playing in the NBA. It gets better. Jerome Moiso is becoming convinced he can play in the NBA. They'll never believe it around the UCLA locker room, where stories of Moiso going on and on about how little talent he has, about how maybe he should see a psychologist, are by now cataloged according to date.
January 3, 2000 |
The Bruin rotation remains inconsistent, but Coach Steve Lavin has at least made a move for stability in the starting lineup. UCLA has had the same starters in six consecutive games. That hasn't happened since Kris Johnson, Toby Bailey, J.R. Henderson, Baron Davis and Earl Watson were together for seven in a row at the end of the 1997-98 season, a streak that ended only because Davis hurt his knee and missed what became the final game of the season, the tournament loss to Kentucky.
December 1, 1999 |
Injury problems have returned to the Bruins after a one-game absence, with Jerome Moiso and Ray Young listed as questionable for tonight against Morgan State and Sean Farnham expected to return after missing practice Tuesday because of a concussion. Young, coming off a game in which he made five of six three-point shots, was fine until near the end of the workout, when he suffered a strained neck. Moiso, who had double-doubles in the first two games, did not practice because of flu.
February 19, 1999 |
That might have been a rare start for Sean Farnham on Wednesday, but it was also another sign in his recent push to become a part of the rotation. Gaining opportunities because of the injury to Jerome Moiso, the ineffective play of Dan Gadzuric, and the blowout at California, Farnham has gone from being the last big man on the depth chart to playing eight, 11 and 18 minutes the last three games. His 18 minutes Wednesday were a UCLA high for the junior from Clayton, Calif.
February 11, 1999 |
The Bruins tonight face what Coach Steve Lavin says might be the best frontline in the country with their own big men struggling to stay healthy. Center Dan Gadzuric has been battling tendinitis in both knees all season, but now power forward Jerome Moiso is also hampered because of sore arches in both feet. The delicate nature of the injuries means Lavin is unable to say whether either will start tonight at Maples Pavilion as No. 6 Stanford plays host to No. 9 UCLA.
December 18, 1998 |
Partly because of injuries and partly because of coaching decisions, Steve Lavin has used six opening lineups in seven games and still is not prepared to say he will stick with the latest. Earl Watson, Baron Davis, JaRon Rush, Jerome Moiso and Dan Gadzuric would have been the projected first five. But, Lavin said earlier this week, "It's too early to say it's in stone." Matt Barnes has started four games, Ryan Bailey three and Rico Hines two.