UCLA basketball still trying to find ...

UCLA basketball still trying to find a cure for troubles

There are 3 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jan 19, 2010, titled UCLA basketball still trying to find a cure for troubles. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Mike Roll isn't sure what was more agonizing - the excruciating stomach bruise he suffered Saturday against USC, or sitting through a 2 1/2-hour film session reviewing UCLA's embarrassing 67-46 loss to the Trojans.

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San Clemente, CA

#1 Jan 20, 2010
I have followed UCLA since the days of Goodrich, Greenwood, Alcindor, Allen, M. Butler, Meyers, Barnes, Bozeman, and so forth, and so forth. Yet Since Howland came on board, he has produced players no where near that calabier of basketball players. He is not that great of a recruiter nor offensive minded basketball coach. My opinion of course. Dragovic is the worst player pound for pound that I have ever witnessed recruited to UCLA and given the playing time he gets. Sure it's due to his status as a senior. Yet I would develop any one of the freshman way before Dragovic. He is not focused on team, he focuses on himself. Howland has had his run. We need new blood already or Howland needs an offensive minded coach. He is great defensively. Yes, there are two concepts to BB as in FB when it comes to offense and defense. UCLA has lost that focus. Ya think?

United States

#2 Jan 20, 2010
Too bad Chace Stanback, Ryan Wright and Drew Gordon are not around...Ucla could really use them. I hope Ben Howland learned a valuable lesson about his personality & ego! It cost the team this year. I hope no one else leaves. I can't believe he accepted a paycheck this season. If he's smart send J'mison to big man camp, and tour the team next summer internationally!

Taipei, Taiwan

#3 Jan 21, 2010
i don't have much respect for players who don't play hard, and then talk about picking up the effort the next game. any player who puts on the bruin uniform should have enough pride that he will give 100% maximum effort every minute of every game. if it wasn't in them to do it last game, what's going to suddenly give them the heart for it the next game?? it would be better to not have a team at all, than to have the school represented by this bunch of losers. and for howland to say that they are "a defensive team" is inexcusable. doesn't every time hope to do well on denfense? wouldn't it be much better to be a 'can do everything team'?? and what makes howland think that wasting a lot of time on offense, to keep the score low, has anything to do with good defense?? walking the ball up the floor and then leisurely playing catch around the perimeter, without any players in motion is NOT an offense. it just makes the job of the opposition's defense very very easy. how is it that howland is willing to experiment with different defenses, but refuse to try anything new on offense, like a fast tempo running game? their defense is just poor, but there offense is dreadful. can a team get kicked out of the pac10 for being too unable to compete with any of the other teams?

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