After the NCAA Tournament, Williams predicts UCLA coach Steve Alford will leave for Indiana, a job vacated last week when the school fired Tom Crean. Given Alford starred at Indiana during his playing days, helping the Hoosiers win the 1987 national championship, that potential move makes sense. Alford’s replacement at UCLA? “I see Mr. Earl Watson, the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, coming back home to UCLA,” Williams said.
“I’m more focused on creating value for our (organization), to give management and ownership many options to build a championship contender here,” Watson said. “What I mean by that is, building the value of the young players so that their value and their game and their confidence give them the option to be financially secure in this league when they become free agents; giving our ownership the option to build around them or give ownership and management the option to make moves because their value is so high to put us in contention quicker. That’s all I can do is build value. The winning will happen. There’s a lot of questions with our program, but one thing I do realize is these players are playing amazing for their age. I love them, they’re like my little brothers. My main focus is here.”
Kevin Love: People were stopping to listen in to Russ digging into me. Russ always attracted a crowd, even then. He was smiling ear to ear. I could tell he didn’t necessarily mean it as a compliment. Before I could say anything, Russ went on. “Damn, how big are those Jordans?” He was already testing me. I knew I was going to like this guy.
Kevin Love: At night, Russ would jump up from bed and turn the dial way up — and then five minutes later I would sneak over and turn it back down. One time I offered a compromise — “How ‘bout 71 degrees?” “Seventy-three,” Russ replied. “Final offer.” See what I mean? Dude is stubborn. Over time, I got to see another side of Russ, too. Like the first time he talked to me about a girl named Nina. She was on the women’s basketball team. He would go on and on about her. Just last summer, I got to see Russ and Nina get married. That just about sums our Bruins team up. All these years later, we’re like family.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave Sterling a lifetime ban Tuesday, and fined the Clippers owner $2.5 million. Silver said he hopes that NBA owners will vote to force Sterling to sell the team. After Silver’s press conference, UCLA released a statement regarding Sterling’s gift. Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology.