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 16, 2012 |
DETROIT - Vernon Wells, out since May 21 because of a torn ligament in his right thumb, is expected to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment of seven to 10 games this weekend. Catcher Chris Iannetta, sidelined since May 9 because of a broken right wrist and a right forearm strain, hopes to join him. Iannetta threw to second base Monday for the first time since he injured his forearm in early June, and after repeating the workout Wednesday, he could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
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;...
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.
March 9, 2011 |
The "standoffish" coach kissed a reporter on the forehead. The "inflexible" coach shrugged off a disdain for zone defenses and instructed his players to use one. The "unfeeling" coach cried in the locker room, then broke down twice more when meeting with the media. Watch Ben Howland long enough this season, and the UCLA basketball coach just might shatter a few perceptions about the man who has brought the Bruins back from the brink of irrelevancy. His team is 22-9 and a trendy pick to win the Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference tournament it opens Thursday evening, only one year removed from a 14-18 season.
February 29, 2012 |
The most stunning part of the story is that it wasn't stunning. Sports Illustrated's expose on the UCLA basketball program, which hit the web Wednesday, will be no surprise to anyone who has watched the Bruins slowly decay in the four years since their last Final Four appearance. Ben Howland is cold! Reeves Nelson was a knucklehead! The team has been dragged down by bad players and bad guys! Stop the presses! UCLA should actually be sighing in relief that one of SI's best reporters could spend two months digging into a marquee team located in a glitzy city and come up with zero NCAA violations, zero academic fraud, zero wrongdoing other than the usual idiot college partying.
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.
November 13, 2009 |
Defense has always ranked among Ben Howland's favorite topics, so it makes sense to hear the UCLA coach talk about double teams and help-side rotation leading up to the season opener. "We're still having a problem defending the dribble," he said Thursday after watching film of a recent victory over Humboldt State. "There were a number of times we were getting beat off dribble penetration." This is a young team that has yet to adopt Howland's trademark pressure defense. He expressed concern about an athletic Cal State Fullerton visiting Pauley Pavilion on Monday night.
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.