October 14, 2000 |
UCLA basketball Coach Steve Lavin said Friday he spared guard Rico Hines from missing more than one regular-season game because the coach believed behavior that he called "out of bounds" was also out of character for Hines. Hines fought with teammate Matt Barnes during a pickup game at Pauley Pavilion last week, sources confirmed Friday. Teammates had broken up the fight when Hines grabbed a nearby chair and swung it at Barnes, opening a cut in his head that required six stitches to close.
December 25, 2000 |
Senior guard Rico Hines expected knee surgery to sideline him for six weeks. Almost two months have passed and he's still moving gingerly. "It's coming along much slower than I thought it would," said Hines, who estimates he's at 60% of full health. "But I feel a lot better than I did last week. It's getting better each week. Now that I'm on the court, I can see a little light." Well, Hines isn't exactly "on the court."
January 23, 2000 |
Starting shooting guard Rico Hines played only four minutes Saturday after suffering an injury to his right big toe early against Arizona State, an injury the Bruins are calling a sprain for now but that Hines thinks is actually a broken bone. "I broke my foot before and it feels the same way," he said. "That throbbing. Hopefully I'll get some good news on Monday. But I'm preparing for the worst."
January 8, 2000 | ,
Rico Hines was removed from his early season spot in the starting lineup, but not the rotation, having maintained a prominent spot as a reserve forward. The 6-foot-4 junior is averaging 17.3 minutes a game and has played at least 22 in two of the last four games, after briefly falling out of the rotation when he was removed from the opening lineup. It comes as a compliment from Coach Steve Lavin about his contributions as a role player with leadership skills.
March 5, 2002 |
Rico Hines went nearly the length of the floor after making a steal against Oregon, rising up forcefully for a layup, the ball banking off the backboard and falling through the net. Anyone who didn't know better would believe Hines was good for several fastbreak baskets every game. In reality, it was only the 10th field goal of the season for the fifth-year senior guard who averages nearly 18 minutes a game.
March 16, 2002 |
With "Final Four" scribbled on his shoes, fifth-year senior Rico Hines played his best game of the season Friday, joining three freshmen and a sophomore on a UCLA reserve unit that blinded Mississippi with energy and intensity. Hines made his first three-point basket of the season, scored a season-high seven points and had two steals in 16 minutes. "I don't know if any of the guys knew I did it," he said of the shoe art.
January 15, 2001 |
With 16 games remaining, the window of opportunity is closing fast for injured guard Rico Hines, a true senior who underwent knee surgery Nov. 1 and has yet to fully recuperate. He plans to participate in full-speed drills for the first time this week, then make a decision about whether he will come back this season. At the moment, he's leaning toward redshirting, especially because he has to serve a two-game suspension once he's ready to play.
March 20, 2002 |
The solitary shooter with "Hines" on the back of his jersey hit jump shot after jump shot Tuesday at Pauley Pavilion, oblivious to the throng of reporters converging on his Bruin teammates and coach. But it wasn't senior guard Rico Hines honing his shooting touch for the Sweet 16 game against Missouri on Thursday. It was redshirt Ray Young, and he wore the jersey as a tribute to his injured teammate. An MRI on Hines' left knee revealed a cartilage tear that will sideline him this weekend.
March 20, 1998 |
Rico Hines, one of two contenders to fill Baron Davis' spot in the starting lineup, was not exactly full of energy after a long, delayed trip from Los Angeles to the Bruins' hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was after 2 a.m. And UCLA was settling in for a late, late dinner. "I was really tired--and I was hungry," Hines said. "I had a lot of things on my mind, and I just cut through my bread. I wasn't even thinking, I was just cutting my bread open and went through it . . .