December 3, 2011 |
Reeves Nelson, UCLA's leading scorer and rebounder a year ago, didn't play a minute in the second half and Joshua Smith, the Bruins' third-leading rebounder and fourth-leading scorer a year ago, played four of the final 20. It is perhaps less noteworthy that UCLA lost to Texas, 69-59, Saturday at the Sports Arena than that junior forward Nelson spent most of the game on the bench laughing and pointing at people in the season-high crowd of 6,177...
July 10, 2012 |
Joshua Smith crashed through the lane and jumped . . . yes, jumped . . . to tip in a rebound. He then sprinted . . . yes, sprinted . . . to get back on defense. Back on offense, he posted up and spun quickly . . . yes, quickly . . . for a layup. As UCLA prepares for the 2012-13 basketball season, there are several weighty topics to discuss: The four incoming freshman who comprise one of the nation's best recruiting classes . . . a trip to China for three exhibition games in August . . . and, of course, renovated Pauley Pavilion, which reopens in November.
November 28, 2012 |
UCLA junior center Joshua Smith has quit the Bruins basketball team, the school announced Wednesday, thus ending his up-and-down career in Westwood that has been plagued by weight and conditioning issues. “I have made the decision to leave the program for personal reasons,” Smith said in a statement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCLA and am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me here.” Smith has been...
October 7, 2012 |
The big man has a message for everyone who doubts him. Two simple words for fans who call him soggy around the middle and too slow down the court. A succinct reply to detractors who insist that he has squandered his God-given talent - and hurt his team - by habitually eating his way out of shape. Joshua Smith nods his head: "They're right. " And UCLA's center, a lightning rod for criticism over the past two years, realizes the skeptics will not be easily swayed. Not by the fact that he returned from summer vacation incrementally slimmer.
November 29, 2012 |
It's nearly midnight on a rainy Wednesday, and Ben Howland is sitting in the only part of new Pauley Pavilion that is not spacious and sparkling. The coaches' locker room. That's right, in the only place in this basketball palace that Howland can hide, he can barely fit, with six coaches crammed into a dressing space the size of a large closet. It's an appropriate metaphor that is not lost on a UCLA basketball boss whose once stern expression has been softened into a perpetual look of weariness.
November 24, 2011 |
Reporting from Lahaina, Hawaii -- Changes in defensive schemes and player rotations may not be enough. For UCLA to put a season already adrift back on course, the Bruins might need a renewed commitment from a few wayward players. "They've got some guys that I think need to really take a look at themselves and decide whether they're in this for the long haul or not, and I don't say that lightly because a number of those guys are," ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas said after watching the Bruins lose two of three games in the Maui Invitational, with the victory coming against Division II Chaminade.