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November 18, 2006
Everybody is making such a big deal about Bob Knight hitting that poor kid during Texas Tech's game Monday night. Didn't John Wooden slap Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and David Meyers while he was winning all those NCAA championships? This moron should not be coaching basketball, he should be locked up, and the key should be, well, like the chair at the Purdue game years ago, thrown away. MARC POPKIN Brentwood
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June 21, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you stop someone in the street and ask whether college athletes should be paid to play, the answer is likely to be "no. " Witness a recent Marist poll , which found that only 27% of the respondents felt that athletes deserved more than the scholarships and stipends they already receive. But the lawsuits brought by former UCLA hoops star Ed O'Bannon Jr. and other former college athletes raise a different question and may elicit a different answer. Should athletes receive a share of the money colleges make by selling their performances and likenesses to the media?
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SPORTS
May 1, 1993
The spirit of Sam Gilbert rides again? Why would a splendid high school senior basketball player hold a news conference to announce where he's going to college? Young Charles O'Bannon is not a dynasty-builder like Lew Alcindor. Is UCLA so desperate to regain its basketball luster that it somehow surreptitiously arranges such an event to keep the ball rolling and renew momentum after the near-miss against Michigan? Methinks articulate George over at Old SC has the Bruins in a state of paranoia.
SPORTS
December 5, 2012 | By Chris Foster
A UCLA basketball team with high expectations travels to Houston to play a Texas team in a football stadium … stop me if you've heard this one already. History is not on UCLA's side when the Bruins play Texas in Reliant Stadium on Saturday. It's been 44 years since UCLA last tried this. Lew Alcindor came back with his first collegiate loss. Houston, led by Elvin Hayes, upset the No. 1-ranked Bruins in the Astrodome. The Longhorns are nowhere near as formidable as the 1968 Houston Cougars.
SPORTS
March 31, 1998
GAME BY GAME * Vs. South Carolina State--In his worst game of the tournament, Sheppard scored only four points in 15 minutes during the Wildcats' 82-67 victory. * Vs. Saint Louis--Sheppard made seven of 11 shots, including three from three-point range, and scored 18 points during the Wildcats' 88-61 rout. * Vs. UCLA--Sheppard made seven of 14 shots, scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds in another Wildcat rout, this one by a final of 94-68. * Vs.
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December 29, 1999
FIRST TEAM Forward Sidney Wicks UCLA 1969-71 Three-time national champion, twice as UCLA's leading scorer and rebounder after Lew Alcindor's departure. Most outstanding player of the 1970 Final Four. Forward Marques Johnson UCLA 1974-77 The final title under Wooden came with Johnson starting as a sophomore. Also reached Final Four in 1976 and won the first Wooden Award as national player of the year in 1977. Center Lew Alcindor UCLA 1967-69 The future Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Bruins to three titles, an 88-2 record and remains the only player ever chosen most outstanding player of the Final Four three times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1989
"It's over," said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Playoffs, season and career all ended at once Tuesday night for the Los Angeles Lakers star who played professional basketball longer than anyone else ever had. His skyhook was a thing of beauty and his scoring records may be a joy forever. Born in Harlem, he made championships his way of life. Starting life as Lew Alcindor, he played on a Power Memorial High School team in New York City that won the national championship two years in a row. His freshman team at UCLA was undefeated.
SPORTS
December 5, 2012 | By Chris Foster
A UCLA basketball team with high expectations travels to Houston to play a Texas team in a football stadium … stop me if you've heard this one already. History is not on UCLA's side when the Bruins play Texas in Reliant Stadium on Saturday. It's been 44 years since UCLA last tried this. Lew Alcindor came back with his first collegiate loss. Houston, led by Elvin Hayes, upset the No. 1-ranked Bruins in the Astrodome. The Longhorns are nowhere near as formidable as the 1968 Houston Cougars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2012
Kenny Heitz, 65, who played on three NCAA basketball championship teams at UCLA in the 1960s, died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a battle with cancer, the school announced. At a time when freshmen were not eligible to play varsity sports, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor), Lucius Allen and Lynn Shackelford on the 1965-66 freshman team that defeated the two-time defending national varsity champion in the first game played at Pauley Pavilion. For the next three seasons, Heitz was a 6-foot-3 forward and guard for Coach John Wooden's varsity squad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2012
Kenny Heitz, 65, who played on three NCAA basketball championship teams at UCLA in the 1960s, died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a battle with cancer, the school announced. At a time when freshmen were not eligible to play varsity sports, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor), Lucius Allen and Lynn Shackelford on the 1965-66 freshman team that defeated the two-time defending national varsity champion in the first game played at Pauley Pavilion. For the next three seasons, Heitz was a 6-foot-3 forward and guard for Coach John Wooden's varsity squad.
SPORTS
April 4, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Here's something Blake Griffin might not know: The dunk shot, once banned from college and high school basketball, was reinstated 35 years ago this week. … Fans applauded the move as long overdue, but John Wooden lamented, "I think it would have been better to leave it out. " … Banished in March 1967, two days after sophomore Lew Alcindor led UCLA to the NCAA championship, dunks were not reinstituted until after the Bruins had won seven more. … "I hated to see them put the dunk out at the time," Wooden told the New York Times in 1976.
SPORTS
March 10, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Willie Davis was not the best player ever to wear a Dodgers uniform, but he ranked among the most exciting. … Nobody darted from first base to third faster than Davis. … The greatest center fielder in Los Angeles Dodgers history, the captivating "Three Dog" was a three-sport star at Roosevelt High, where he was an All-City pick in basketball and baseball, once ran the 100-yard dash in 9.5 seconds and won the 1958 City long jump title with a leap of 25 feet 5 inches, which would have been a national record had it not been wind-aided.
SPORTS
March 16, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
The disappointment cut so deep, Jerry Colangelo remembers, that he left his office, jumped into his car and drove aimlessly around Phoenix for hours, "just trying to shake it." Richard Bloch, at home in Beverly Hills, says he muttered into the phone something like, "That's terrible," and hung up. Forty years ago this week, on March 19, 1969, the Phoenix Suns suffered a defeat so damaging that it probably cost them at least one NBA championship and possibly more.
SPORTS
February 2, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Mack Calvin says he never felt so silly on a basketball court. The game as he had always known it was a hodgepodge of ceaseless motion, neither the players nor the ball stopping in one place for long. But there he stood near midcourt, the ball cradled in his arms and his feet virtually cemented to the floor. Forty years ago next month, Calvin and his USC teammates played a gripping game of keep-away against top-ranked UCLA and its All-American center, Lew Alcindor.
SPORTS
January 20, 2009 | Chris Foster
Some might wonder whether Richard Bloch wakes up at night screaming, "Tails! Tails!" The Arizona Cardinals are headed to the Super Bowl. The Diamondbacks have won a World Series. And the Phoenix Suns? Well, their success level rates a poor third among the area's pro sports teams. That could have been avoided had Bloch, the owner who convinced the NBA that Phoenix could support a pro team, had not called "heads" during an infamous coin toss 40 years ago.
SPORTS
February 6, 1992 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don MacLean, who needs only 45 points to do so, will soon replace Lew Alcindor as UCLA's scoring leader. But Alcindor's legacy as perhaps the most dominant player in college basketball history will remain. Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, could have put his scoring records out of reach if he had been so inclined, former UCLA coach John Wooden said this week. He could have scored more points, Wooden said, than the all-time leader, Pete Maravich, who averaged 44.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you stop someone in the street and ask whether college athletes should be paid to play, the answer is likely to be "no. " Witness a recent Marist poll , which found that only 27% of the respondents felt that athletes deserved more than the scholarships and stipends they already receive. But the lawsuits brought by former UCLA hoops star Ed O'Bannon Jr. and other former college athletes raise a different question and may elicit a different answer. Should athletes receive a share of the money colleges make by selling their performances and likenesses to the media?
SPORTS
November 18, 2006
Everybody is making such a big deal about Bob Knight hitting that poor kid during Texas Tech's game Monday night. Didn't John Wooden slap Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and David Meyers while he was winning all those NCAA championships? This moron should not be coaching basketball, he should be locked up, and the key should be, well, like the chair at the Purdue game years ago, thrown away. MARC POPKIN Brentwood
SPORTS
February 15, 2003 | JIM RHODE
Thursday night, UCLA and USC gave up 100 points in the same day for the first time. The most points given up in non-overtime losses by the Bruins and Trojans: * six regular-season games remaining. *--* UCLA Score Opponent Year Final W-L Comment 120-84 at Duke 1998 24-9 The Blue Devil student section really went Cameron Crazy over this one 112-102 Tulsa (NCAA) 1994 21-7 You knew things weren't A-OK.
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