HoopsHype UCLA rumors
The way I heard it, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero called Musburger's office, and talked to his son, Brian, about Jackson helping UCLA find a replacement for Ben Howland. Musburger put out a news release after I wrote about it and said I was wrong. I think everyone understands I am never wrong. I asked Guerrero on Tuesday if he had talked to Jackson's agent. "A third party who is close to our program heard Phil was interested in helping us out on the search and would I call," Guerrero said. "So I did. He indicated he might be willing to help as a consultant if we were willing to hire him." Los Angeles Times
Musburger failed to mention in his release his son had talked to Guerrero about Jackson. It sounds deceptive now, but then he's an agent. And an attorney as well. He's also Brent Musburger's brother — you know, the TV broadcaster who almost swooned when he spotted the girlfriend of Alabama's quarterback sitting in the stands. Maybe it's a family trait, the Musburgers sometimes going overboard. I don't know. Los Angeles Times
I just know that Guerrero said he told Jackson's agent he was busy hiring a coach. And he didn't know when he could get back to Jackson, if ever. The weekend passed without contact, and Jackson should be used to that by now after dealing with the Lakers. Very funny, but a serious Musburger said it was inaccurate to write that a financial deal had been discussed and Jackson might help with UCLA recruits. Los Angeles Times
Jimmy Kimmel also asked Kareem about the UCLA opening for head coach, and if he would have any interest. Kareem responded that he “certainly would be interested in coaching the team.” Not to get wins, mind you, but to help get players their degrees and teach them basketball. Kareem’s coaching experience is limited to serving as a special assistant to Phil Jackson, and coaching the Oklahoma Storm of the USBL. He does, however, know what it is like to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes. The Big Lead
Former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson filed a $10-million defamation lawsuit against Sports Illustrated on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit stems from an article ("Special Report: Not the UCLA Way") published in March in which Nelson was portrayed as a bully who mistreated former Bruins teammates. Los Angeles Times
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