After enjoying seeing two wonderful point guards battle last night in the Thunder vs. Hornets game, I ‘happened’ to notice that both of these speed demon playmakers happened to attend the same school – UCLA.
This had me thinking, and I didn’t need to think terribly hard to put some pieces together. . .UCLA has SEVEN point guards playing concurrently in the NBA. I am not certain about this (help welcomed), but I’m not certain any university has produced seven NBA point guards TOTAL.
From this point forward, UCLA is heretofore known as POINT GUARD UNIVERSITY.
Check out this list:
Baron Davis – UCLA Point Guard, 1997 – 1999
Earl Watson – UCLA Point Guard, 1997 – 2001
Cedric Bozeman, UCLA Point Guard, 2001- 2004*
Jordan Farmar – UCLA Point Guard, 2004 – 2006
Arron Afflalo- UCLA Point Guard, 2004 – 2007
Russell Westbrook- UCLA Point Guard, 2006 – 2008
Darren Collison- UCLA Point Guard, 2005 – 2009
Jrue Holiday- UCLA Point Guard, 2008 -2009
*Bozeman was a tall point guard in the same vain as Magic Johnson, a McDonald’s All-American that tore his ACL as a sophomore and never fulfilled his potential as an offensive playmaker. That said, he still played two years in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks.
Take a look at the year-to-date stats for each of the contributors:
|UCLA Point Guard||MPG||PPG||APG||Steals|
In short, this is an amazing feat and Ben Howland should be commended, and perhaps not fired as some bloggers have indicated. This is a reflection of a great program with a great reputation, and further builds upon the mystique and mythology associated with the Bruin Nation.
Kudos to Ramona Shelbourne on her new gig for EspnLosAngles.com, espousing on the inconsisent, difficult-to-read play of both the USC and UCLA hoops squads.
That said, folks back in the Tri-Valley of Eastern Washington are disappointed reading about the upstart Bruins defeating the Cougars, 74-62. Again, the continued scrappy play of Mustafa Abdul-Hamid provided a constant spark. The Bruins are now one game out of first place – and two games out of last – in the Pac-10 conference standings. The conference Champion will get a bid, but will that champ be the only team from the Pac-10 to make the tourney?
I’m telling you, how can you not harken back to this guy during times such as these:
Oh yeah, that’s right.
I will tell you this, however, Kevin O’Neill is doing a helluva job in obscurity (and sanctionville) after the implosion of last year’s Trojan squad. I’ll bet even this guy is proud:
Bytheway Dodger fans – have you checked out Dylan Hernandez’s Twitter yet?
As far as the Angels are concerned, an unemotional goodbye is in order for strangely estranged Native Son Gary Matthews Jr., traded unceremoniously for Brian Stokes, another California kid. Matthews never really fit under Arte’s regime; always the fourth outfielder, sort of in a Juan Pierre-esque fashion – Matthews definitely is good enough to play centerfield wherever he wants, but his hitting just hasn’t been the same since the suspiciously successful 2006 year he had with the Rangers. The HGH accusations didn’t sit too well at home, nor with the Angels’ brass.
Also I keep saying it – don’t sleep on the Kings this year. NHL pundit Jason Sapir says they still may be too young, but with inspirational wins such as the 3-2 comeback over the Red Wings becoming commonplace, don’t be surprised if they ride young goalie Jonathan Quick to a deep run in the Playoffs. With five Olympians, the squad is immensely talented. And well coached. Even with the rift between negative18er Jack Johnson and stud GM Dean Lombardi, the Kings are playing well, and holding on to the seventh seed in the West.
The College Hoops season is underway, but somebody forgot to tell the UCLA Bruins that it’s not preseason anymore.
As exciting as it was to open the season at 9pm PST as the kickoff game for ESPN’s 24 Hours of Madness. . .well that’s about how dull & boring the Bruin offense looked. Missing their first seven shots (and going scoreless for more than three minutes), the Bruins looked competitively underwhelmed for the contest, losing in double-overtime versus the Big West contending Titans of Fullerton. The shooting of Dragovic (2 for 14) and Lee (7 of 23) was horrendous, and the only bright spot, really, was Nelson Reeves scoring 11 off the bench. Really ugly game, and though there are widespread injuries throughout the roster, this season does not beckon well for Howland and his overrated recruiting classes.
Here’s the Bruin box from last night. Prit-tee sorry, guys. Just like the plans for the Pauley renovation, but that’s a whole other story.
|Drew Gordon, F-C||38||5-12||0-0||0-2||6||8||1||0||2||1||4||10|
|Nikola Dragovic, F||40||2-14||1-9||0-0||1||14||2||1||2||3||2||5|
|Malcolm Lee, G||38||7-23||1-8||2-3||4||7||4||2||0||1||4||17|
|Jerime Anderson, G||40||1-11||0-3||1-3||1||2||3||2||0||3||0||3|
|Michael Roll, G||49||6-15||3-8||2-3||0||3||5||2||0||0||2||17|
|Mike Moser, F||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Reeves Nelson, F||12||4-6||0-0||3-5||4||6||0||0||1||1||2||11|
|James Keefe, F||32||1-3||0-1||0-1||2||9||4||0||0||1||1||2|