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March 19, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
You knew it was an amazing game. But not until reading and listening to the accounts of UCLA's upset of Cincinnati did you realize how amazing. Not only had the eighth-seeded Bruins come back from a 13-point deficit and survived two overtimes to beat the top-seeded Bearcats in this spring's first felling of an NCAA tournament giant. But they apparently had done so without a coach. The seniors took over. The freshmen grew up. The talent kicked in. And Steve Lavin? Well, um, er, hmm, ah, er, um...
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February 17, 2012 | By Chris Foster
The best college basketball team in the Los Angeles area can build on its postseason resume with a strong performance in a nationally televised game Saturday. But enough about Long Beach State's "BracketBuster" game against Creighton in Omaha. UCLA is in New York to play St. John's at 10 a.m. in Madison Square Garden. No tangible rewards await the winner of the game between the 15-11 Bruins and 10-16 Red Storm. Still, UCLA Coach Ben Howland sees a marquee moment. "We thought it would be good exposure for the two biggest media markets, and to have it on CBS in the Garden is special," Howland said.
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January 30, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a race, and Steve Lavin likes to race. Lives to race. Hasn't his whole life been a race? Hasn't this whole, rushing, manic 32 years been about scrambling toward something faster than anybody else could have imagined (32 years old and the heir to Wooden's throne?) but seemed achingly slow to the guy doing it? So slow he had to keep finding longer, harder races, bigger challenges? "I used to run marathons--Indianapolis, Chicago marathons," Lavin says, pulling out a 1990 Chicago Marathon finish-line picture from a stack of mementos behind his desk.
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January 3, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Steve Lavin underwent nearly seven hours of surgery for prostate cancer in October, knowing that the college basketball season was just around the corner but counting on his energetic ways to carry him to a recovery full enough that he could coach this season. He wanted to be on the court as St. John's tried to build on the momentum it achieved last year when the Red Storm qualified for the NCAA tournament after becoming perhaps the biggest surprise of the Big East Conference season.
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March 30, 2010 | Wire reports
Steve Lavin made his first appearance as coach of St. John's in a building he'll soon become quite familiar with — Madison Square Garden. About four hours after he agreed to take charge of New York City's top college program, Lavin sat down Tuesday night for an impromptu news conference during the NIT semifinals. "Having come here as an assistant coach and then a head coach at UCLA and then as a broadcaster, I have a sense and feel for how special an arena it is; it is the world's biggest stage for college basketball," Lavin said.
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November 8, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Steve Lavin attended St. John's basketball practice Tuesday, his first since undergoing prostate cancer surgery on Oct. 6. Assistant coach Mike Dunlap has run the team in Lavin's absence. The Red Storm won their season opener on Monday, beating William & Mary 74-59 in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The school said there is no definite timetable for his full-time return. This is Lavin's second season at St. John's. He led the Red Storm to a 21-12 record and their first NCAA tournament bid since 2002.
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April 8, 2011 | Wire reports
Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin , who revived St. John's basketball in his first season with the Red Storm, has prostate cancer, but his doctor expects him to keep coaching and make a complete recovery. The 46-year-old Lavin said in a statement Friday he was diagnosed in September and was told he could delay treatment until after the season. He will begin treatment in the coming weeks. The statement did not say how he will treated. "My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage," Lavin said.
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February 4, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Steve Lavin was searching for a lunch spot near his TriBeCa loft one frigid morning a few months ago when a St. John's athletics official walking alongside the coach mentioned a few details about his remodeled basketball office. As Lavin had requested, the wall facing an adjacent hallway had been replaced by floor-to-ceiling glass to provide an increased sense of accessibility. There was also something Lavin hadn't asked for: a cross bearing a likeness of Jesus that had been left behind by the previous occupants.
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September 12, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Steve Lavin has gone coast to coast. Think of him as the Tyus Edney of college basketball coaches. He is a New Yorker now, the toast of a new town, at least until St. John's University plays its first game. He was hired March 30, and the tabloid city greeted him with prime position on the back page. Pictured on the more prime front was his wife, actress Mary Ann Jarou. New York's paparazzi thank St. John's for the hire. Lavin says he is ready, calling his years in Los Angeles as UCLA's coach good preparation for what's ahead.
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March 9, 2002
Gosh, I can't wait to see what Steve Lavin does with next year's team. I mean, look at the long list of great things he has done thus far. He has taken a team picked by a landslide to win the Pac-10 and he turned them into a sixth-place team that flamed out in the first round of the conference tournament. He has taken a team that was picked by most to be a top-five team in the country and he has them right out of the top 25 and headed for a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament. Yet another enthralling Sweet 16 (or Steve 16 as I like to call it)
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December 5, 2011 | T.J. Simers
His UCLA office was stifling. Ben Howland went through three bottles of water while fidgeting there on the hot seat. "I like it warm," he says, which is good, because it's time to turn up the heat on Howland. The Bruins were the pick to win the Pac-12 Conference this season, but right now they are as disappointing as a Rick Neuheisel -coached team. "We're 2-5 and we're UCLA and that's not a good position to be in," says Howland. "Yeah, I feel the heat — the heat I put on myself.
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November 8, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Steve Lavin attended St. John's basketball practice Tuesday, his first since undergoing prostate cancer surgery on Oct. 6. Assistant coach Mike Dunlap has run the team in Lavin's absence. The Red Storm won their season opener on Monday, beating William & Mary 74-59 in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The school said there is no definite timetable for his full-time return. This is Lavin's second season at St. John's. He led the Red Storm to a 21-12 record and their first NCAA tournament bid since 2002.
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April 8, 2011 | Wire reports
Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin , who revived St. John's basketball in his first season with the Red Storm, has prostate cancer, but his doctor expects him to keep coaching and make a complete recovery. The 46-year-old Lavin said in a statement Friday he was diagnosed in September and was told he could delay treatment until after the season. He will begin treatment in the coming weeks. The statement did not say how he will treated. "My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage," Lavin said.
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February 5, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
The morning had been one of hugs and handshakes for Steve Lavin. As he milled about on the Pauley Pavilion court before the game, the St. John's coach momentarily forgot where he was and nearly took a seat on the UCLA bench. "Coach [Gene] Keady thankfully reminded me that we were on the other end" of the court, Lavin said. There was also something reassuringly familiar for Bruins fans about Lavin's return to Westwood. His team lost. Shrugging off some manic full-court pressure and poor free-throw shooting in the final minutes, UCLA held on for a 66-59 victory that solidified its NCAA tournament standing with a month left in the regular season.
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February 5, 2011 | T.J. Simers
I just wanted to say hello to Steve Lavin . I didn't know I'd have to attend a high school basketball game with amateur referees and kill off a perfectly nice Saturday morning to do so. UCLA and St. John's are so awful, I don't think anyone in Los Angeles would have to worry about the Lakers losing to them. And you know how well the Lakers do against crummy teams. Throw in Pac-10 officials, who made no secret of their desire to make sure UCLA won on its home court, and that explains why the Bruins had 41 free throws while Lavin's team had seven.
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February 4, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Steve Lavin was searching for a lunch spot near his TriBeCa loft one frigid morning a few months ago when a St. John's athletics official walking alongside the coach mentioned a few details about his remodeled basketball office. As Lavin had requested, the wall facing an adjacent hallway had been replaced by floor-to-ceiling glass to provide an increased sense of accessibility. There was also something Lavin hadn't asked for: a cross bearing a likeness of Jesus that had been left behind by the previous occupants.
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November 18, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
Steve Lavin saw him in a hotel lobby. It was summer. They had not spoken in nearly three years. Where there was once a bond, there was now bitterness. Where there should have been a thread, there was only a bit of broken, unraveling rope. Lavin saw him waiting for an elevator. He decided enough was enough. He took a deep breath and approached. "Hey there," Lavin said, sticking out his hand. After a long pause, Jim Harrick took it. "How you doin'?" said Harrick. "Hanging in there," said Lavin.
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November 20, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fused by a mixture of sweat, salesmanship and controversial circumstances, for better or worse, the embattled basketball program and the ambitious 33-year-old coach are basically one entity these days: UCLAVIN. Nobody planned it this way, and even Steve Lavin, who obviously loves the limelight, could not have foreseen the twists that have made him UCLA's most identifiable face after only a year on the job.
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February 3, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Steve Lavin figures to evoke strong reactions on Saturday in his return to Pauley Pavilion. Just not from the UCLA players. Several Bruins seemed mildly confused when asked about the St. John's coach, who guided UCLA to the NCAA tournament six times in seven years before being fired after the 2002-03 season. Seated at a table in an interview room late Wednesday night, Malcolm Lee , Joshua Smith and Tyler Honeycutt passed a microphone among one another, as if they didn't know what to say, before Smith finally spoke.
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September 12, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Steve Lavin has gone coast to coast. Think of him as the Tyus Edney of college basketball coaches. He is a New Yorker now, the toast of a new town, at least until St. John's University plays its first game. He was hired March 30, and the tabloid city greeted him with prime position on the back page. Pictured on the more prime front was his wife, actress Mary Ann Jarou. New York's paparazzi thank St. John's for the hire. Lavin says he is ready, calling his years in Los Angeles as UCLA's coach good preparation for what's ahead.
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