November 29, 2012 |
UCLA's basketball team lost two players this week: Tyler Lamb and Joshua Smith . But dating back to 2008, the Bruins have had at least 11 players leave their program. Those departures include Chace Stanback (2008), Drew Gordon (2009), Mike Moser (2010), J'mison Morgan (2010), Matt Carlino (2010), Reeves Nelson (2011), Brendan Lane (2012), De'End Parker (2012), Anthony Stover (2012), Lamb and Smith. UCLA Coach Ben Howland was asked about the exodus of players after the Bruins' 82-56 win against Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, and he basically gave a non-answer, saying he'd answered it before.
October 23, 2012 |
A recent stroll along Bruin Walk brought a baseball spring-training-like surge of optimism. It was warm and sunny, UCLA's campus buzzed with the energy of 20-year-olds and hope sprung eternal. The football team is decent, but the basketball team is the franchise. Like USC football, UCLA basketball is a community treasure. It gets the headlines now because John Wooden earned them years ago. Los Angeles may be gaga about the Lakers, but it will always have room in its heart — and expectations — for the Bruins to excel.
October 20, 2012 |
With three preseason games remaining, the Lakers made two roster moves Saturday, waiving center Ronnie Aguilar and forward Reeves Nelson. The transactions were hardly unexpected. Aguilar appeared in four preseason games with the Lakers, averaging 0.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 7.8 minutes. Nelson, who previously played at UCLA, averaged 1.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 11 minutes in three preseason games. This brings the Lakers' roster to 18 players. Three or four more moves, in terms of cuts, could be made in the next week.
October 18, 2012 |
Former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson's lawsuit against Sports Illustrated and reporter George Dohrmann was thrown out of court Wednesday. Nelson filed a defamation lawsuit against Time Inc., Sports Illustrated's parent company, in May over an article that portrayed Nelson as a bully who had had tried to injure teammates at times. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy ruled that the suit infringed on freedom of speech rights for the magazine and writer. She also found that Dohrmann had numerous sources to back up the facts in the article.
October 17, 2012 |
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday threw out a defamation lawsuit brought by Reeves Nelson against Sports Illustrated and reporter George Dohrmann concerning an article critical of the former UCLA basketball player. Judge Mary Ann Murphy agreed with attorneys for SI and Dohrmann that the complaint concerning the story "Not the UCLA Way" infringed on their clients' right to free speech. She also found that Dohrmann had numerous sources to back up his article. "This man spent a lot of time and talked to a lot of people," Murphy said.
September 5, 2012 |
When training camp opens next month, Greg Somogyi will hold one distinction not even All-Star big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol can match: tallest Laker. How long the 7-foot-3 center graces the Lakers' roster is another matter. The Lakers signed the former UC Santa Barbara player to a non-guaranteed contract Wednesday and extended an invitation to training camp as the team fills out the margins of its roster for practice purposes. Like former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson, whom the Lakers also signed as expected Wednesday, Somogyi is the longest of longshots to make the team.