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.
March 16, 2011 |
A look at the Bruins' first-round tournament game against Michigan State on Thursday STARTERS Michigan State; Ht.; Wt.; Stats; P.; UCLA; Ht.; Wt.; Stats Adreian Payne; 6-10; 230; 2.3 rpg; C; Joshua Smith; 6-10; 305; 10.6 ppg Draymond Green; 6-7; 230; 12.3 ppg; F; Reeves Nelson; 6-8; 235; 13.9 ppg Mike Kebler; 6-4; 205; 1.6 ppg; G/F; Tyler Honeycutt; 6-8; 188; 12.6 ppg Kalin Lucas; 6-1; 195; 17.2 ppg; G; Malcolm Lee;...
November 11, 2011 |
Loyola Marymount Coach Max Good recently joked that he had asked UCLA counterpart Ben Howland to send a second-level team to the opener to make it a fair fight. It appeared as if Howland did. The 17th-ranked Bruins seemed completely out of sorts during a 69-58 loss Friday night at the Sports Arena, their inside-out approach appearing more upside-down throughout a game in which they didn't have a coherent plan on offense and were equally bad on defense. The Lions repeatedly beat UCLA off the dribble and played with more confidence and a greater sense of purpose throughout their first victory over the Bruins since 1941.
October 23, 2010 |
When it comes to sizing up UCLA basketball players, there's no one quite like Wes Long . In his early summer assessments, the Bruins' athletic performance coach saw a Brendan Lane who needed to beef up, a Joshua Smith who needed to slim down and a Tyler Lamb who also needed to drop weight to compete at the major-college level. So Long took the Bruins out on the football field, where they flipped giant tires and swung heavy ropes until their shoulders ached. Then they ran, ran, ran. If their new physiques are any indication, the Bruins appear ready to make a run at something better than last season's 14-18 record.
July 27, 2011 |
Jerime Anderson, a reserve point guard on the UCLA basketball team, was suspended for at least the Bruins' season opener after being arrested Tuesday evening by campus police on suspicion of grand theft for allegedly stealing a laptop computer. Anderson, who averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 assists last season, has been barred from all team activities and could sit out additional games as a result of his arrest, according to a statement released by UCLA. He will miss the Bruins' game against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 11 at the Sports Arena, and his status with the team will be reevaluated as the legal process unfolds.
December 19, 2010 |
It's doubtful any UCLA player is going to tweet or text "We're No. 109!" in response to the Bruins' latest Ratings Percentage Index figure. But it's a considerable upgrade over their RPI of 182 before an 86-79 victory over No. 16 Brigham Young on Saturday in the Wooden Classic gave them a long-awaited signature triumph. "It's a really big win," junior guard Lazeric Jones said after the Bruins notched their first victory over a ranked team since defeating No. 22 Washington on Feb. 19, 2009.
December 1, 2010 |
Playing Kansas can feel like getting poked in the eye without knowing what hit you. Reeves Nelson knows this all too well. A year after being struck in the right eye by a stray finger, the UCLA forward still doesn't know whether the culprit was Marcus Morris or his twin brother, Markieff. "They're identical and you couldn't really see the [jersey] number on the tape," said Nelson, who returned to the Bruins' 73-61 loss to the Jayhawks last December at Pauley Pavilion even after his eye had swollen shut.
March 19, 2011 |
A look at UCLA's third-round NCAA tournament game against Florida on Saturday: Florida; Ht; Wt ;Stats; P; UCLA; Ht; Wt; Stats Vernon Macklin; 6-10; 240; 11.3 ppg; C; Joshua Smith; 6-10; 305; 6.3 rpg Alex Tyus; 6-8; 220; 5.5 rpg; F; Reeves Nelson; 6-8; 235; 13.9 ppg Chandler Parsons; 6-9; 215; 7.8 rpg; F; Tyler Honeycutt; 6-8; 188; 12.8 ppg Kenny Boynton; 6-2; 183; 14.1 ppg; G; Malcolm Lee; 6-5 ; 200; 13.1 ppg Erving...
February 10, 2010 |
Words rarely uttered by a UCLA basketball player, at least when discussing USC: "We're going to try to show that we can play with them," UCLA freshman Tyler Honeycutt said Tuesday, a statement that might make those 11 national championship banners -- 10 of which are more than 30 years old -- fade a bit more. Then again, USC did rout UCLA, 67-46, at Pauley Pavilion last month -- the Bruins' worst loss to the Trojans since 1945. Heading into their rivalry renewal Sunday at the Galen Center, the teams are part of a five-way tie for second place in the Pacific 10 Conference, though neither is in position to be considered for an NCAA tournament at-large berth.
February 29, 2012 |
UCLA Coach Ben Howland reiterated that he has “made mistakes, along the way,” in judging the abilities and character of players during recruiting in recent seasons. But he said that was “surprised by the assertions” in a Sports Illustrated story that portrayed his program as out of control. “Some [of the instances] I had no knowledge about, some were taken out of context and some were not true,” Howland said. As to whether he expected to return as UCLA's coach, Howland said he and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero meet every year to “talk about our strengths and weaknesses and what we need to get better at. … I am very confident that I will lead this program lead in the future.” The story cited instances in which former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson intentionally went after teammates during practice without repercussions from Howland.