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It's become popular for some to wax poetic about Arizona basketball. Time to set the record straight and put an end to those spinning the rumor mill.
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Come on Gary. Tell us what you really think!
And to think I didn't even cover perhaps the most egregious statement in the original article in that Miller "relies" on his star power players to carry him through. I've been a fan of college basketball for 36 years, and have intimately followed it for two decades and one thing is for sure, when someone goes to the "that coach simply rolls out the basketballs" card, they have no argument.
Wooden never relied on the talent of Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton, Sydny Wicks, Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, et., al. It was purely coaching, and nothing more that made UCLA a National Championship 10 times.
Gary, d c bruin, better known as "dickless" bruin, the author, is clearly depressed that they are stuck with Alford... and are hoping and praying Millers screws the pooch for them to even have a chance at stealing recruits from Arizona...
Talk about a whiner... I guess having ALL the big name Coaches turn them down and needing to salvage things by raiding New Mexico, for an underachieving coach can be hard on a girl....
You really want a laugh read the comments on that article... "dickless" bruin is even more delusional there...
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Pin High on 5/5/2013 at 9:52 PM
Wonder what dickless thinks of Calipari?
And now he just hired Damon. What position did he play?
1. Arizona being Point Guard U has been a bit of a misnomer. Since the start of the Olson era
Kerr - NBA (really a combo)
Lofton - no
Muehlbach - no
Othick - NBA cup of coffee
Damon Stoudamire - NBA (Khalid could also be argued to be an NBA PG, though his best time was as a SG at Zona)
Geary - NBA
Bibby - NBA
Terry - NBA
Gardner - no
Shakur - NBA cup of coffee
Bayless - NBA (though Olson never coached)
Wise - no
Of the 13 PGs of the Olson era, just eight played in the NBA, and only Bibby, Stoudamire and Terry were starters.
Conversely, look at the Wings Forwards
Sean Elliott - NBA
Jud B. - NBA
Chris Mills - NBA
(Reggie Geary started at the three during the 94 Final 4 run, Ray Owes played an undersized 4 and did play a handful of games in the NBA)
Corey Williams - No
Michael Dickerson - NBA (Simon also played the 3 when Terry and Bibby were in the line-up and was an NBA player briefly. Stephen Jackson also signed with UA at this time and would have been a three. )
Richard Jefferson - NBA
Luke Walton - NBA
Andre Iguodala - NBA
Hassan Adams - NBA cup of coffee
Marcus Williams - NBA cup of coffee
Chase Budinger - NBA
2. Miller's transfer rate is not much different that Olson's.
3. I actually wrote a similar article about issues at UCLA. Mine was not an, "its over" piece like this one, but I did say that it was going to take Howland some time to fix the issues there. Bruin fans crucified me, but I called it correctly. I said UCLA was in trouble because they had too many recruiting misses and were putting teams together without thought to style or fit. If Arizona falls under Miller it will be because of a lack of talent, not the PG position.
This post was edited by BradAllis on 5/5/2013 at 11:58 PM
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It should be further noted that the reference to Arizona being "the standard" is something UCLA fans have blown out of proportion beyond comprehension. "The Standard" is in reference to a moronic post game quote made by Arizona's own Marcus Williams in 2007-08. I remember speaking with a former Wildcat two years ago at the then Pac-10 Tournament who played alongside Williams. When the team heard what Williams had said all of them crucified him, as did Lute Olson, who according to the former player, made a joke about it to the team in the locker room.
UCLA fans like to "pretend" that Arizona, as an institution, stands behind Williams' ill-advised and ill-timed comments back then. Sadly, they couldn't be more wrong, but they can continue to have fun with it, which only further demonstrates a complete lack of understanding between the difference of one player saying something dumb and a program trying to pretend its something it's not. This is also the same "season" where Lute Olson proudly announced that Williams was turning pro at year end to the dismay of Williams...figure it out.
I can go on and on, but 3,474 words are probably enough.
And all well placed ....thanks
The ironic thing is Williams was talking about playing Washington when he said it, i.e. he was saying we where the standard not Washington...UCLA was not even on his mind when gave that moronic quote.
Sure wish I had you on my Graduate teams where we produced two 5,000 word reports in the last week.
Great writing and mechanics...and well...just plain expression!!!
How are those callouses doing on those fingertips right now?
Bring the heat Gary! Well done.
Time to nut up or shut up
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