January 11, 2003
Your coverage of LeBron James on Sunday eclipsed all your other stories. LeBron's pictures on the front page occupied more space than the picture of Falcon quarterback Michael Vick during his run in the Falcons' unprecedented playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. Southern California product Jason Kapono was not pictured on your front page, even though he set a school record with nine three-point baskets and ended with 44 points against Washington State, enough to join Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton as the only single-game scorers with 44 or more points in UCLA's history.
July 4, 2005
.Colleges that have had players drafted No. 1 in the NFL and NBA drafts: Utah * NBA, 2005: Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, C. * NFL, 2005: Alex Smith, San Francisco, QB. Michigan * NBA, 1993: Chris Webber, Orlando, F; 1966: Cazzie Russell, New York, F. * NFL, 1941: Tom Harmon, Chicago Bears, RB. LSU * NBA, 1992: Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando, C. * NFL, 1960: Billy Cannon, Los Angeles Rams, RB. Syracuse * NBA, 1990: Derrick Coleman, New Jersey, F. * NFL, 1962: Ernie Davis, Washington, RB.
December 25, 1997 |
Though it might be less about Coach Steve Lavin's claims that teams are purposely fouling UCLA players at every opportunity than the abilities of J.R. Henderson, Toby Bailey and Baron Davis to get to the basket and draw whistles, the Bruins have gone to the free-throw line at a stepped-up pace recently. In its last two games--victories over Boise State and Saint Louis--UCLA has attempted 88 free throws and made 60. Overall, the Bruins are averaging 30.1 attempts a game, but are making only 65.
August 8, 1992 |
Shaquille O'Neal, first pick in the 1992 NBA draft, signed a contract with the Orlando Magic on Friday that reportedly is worth $40 million over seven years. The deal is thought to be the most lucrative in team sports history. The 7-foot-1, 300-pound center from Louisiana State is the most-heralded NBA prospect since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar--then known as Lew Alcindor--joined the league in 1969. O'Neal averaged 24.1 points, 14 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots last season, his third at LSU.
March 27, 1987 |
University of Nevada Las Vegas police want to question troubled basketball recruit Lloyd Daniels, who is already facing drug charges, about the theft of several NCAA Final Four tickets from the school's ticket office, a spokesman said Wednesday. Ed Rivas, campus police chief, said someone reached through the window at the UNLV ticket office Wednesday and took five $50 tickets for Saturday's Final Four semifinal game between Indiana and UNLV. Several of the tickets were later returned.
January 23, 1990 |
Four of the finest players in UCLA basketball history--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Ann Meyers and Denise Curry--will be honored at halftime of the Bruins' game against DePaul on Feb. 3 when their uniform numbers will be retired. The four numbers--Abdul-Jabbar's 33, Walton's 32, Meyers' 15 and Curry's 12--will be the first UCLA basketball numbers ever retired. All four players received All-America honors at least three times.
February 14, 1992 |
The moment came and went seemingly without notice, much the same as it did 23 years ago, when Lew Alcindor broke Gail Goodrich's record at home to become the Bruins' leading scorer. Back then, there was no fanfare; the game wasn't even stopped. Heck, even Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, doesn't remember it: "In those days I guess people didn't pay too much attention or as much attention as they do now," he said last week.
November 26, 2012 |
That didn't take long. UCLA came up a little short in reopening Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins won their first 51 games after the arena opened in 1965. Their 70-68 loss to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Sunday ended UCLA's first home winning streak at three. The Bruins opened the 1965-66 season with a 92-66 victory over Ohio State. They didn't lose an official game in the arena until USC upset No. 1 UCLA, 46-44, on March 8, 1969. With pre-Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar )
November 19, 2012 |
Author Steve McKee has published, on his website, audio recordings of what he writes is a "never before heard" conversation with legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died at age 99 in 2010. McKee wrote on the site that the interview took place May 18, 1991, 16 years after Wooden had retired from UCLA, where he won 10 national championships. The interview was conducted for a book he was writing, McKee wrote. He adds that the interview is segmented into 24 parts, each identified by its content. The segments range from talk about Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton to how Wooden improved as a coach in the off-season to his decision to retire, and much more. Here is a link to his webpage that contains links to all 24 parts of the interview with Wooden.