So the basketball season officially tips off today. Dohn has a nifty tip-off piece, which has this bottom line on expectations:
"Our first little team meeting (Howland) pretty much said that we're settling for nothing less than, of course, making the tournament, and at least the Sweet 16," UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. "With a little luck, getting further. It just seems like it's about time."
Oh, that's the best meat in the world. Viper and Boa. You know, the snake. That's the best meat in the world. You cook it like you cook chicken. You cut it in little pieces and cook it like normal food.
Where do you buy Viper or Boa?
It's kind of hard to find. You have to go to the market, and sometimes people have them and sometimes you have to go to the villages, where they have people that hunt for the vipers and they sell them.
There is no question who runs the show on the floor.
"I'm the leader," Farmar says flatly. "Everybody embraces that. I think I've earned it."
Nicely complementing Farmar is the 6-5 Afflalo, whose athletic ability and versatility were demonstrated in that he was UCLA's best defensive player and the team leader in three-point shooting (38.6%, 39 of 101.)
Nobody on the roster is going to unseat these two from the starting lineup, but freshman Darren Collison has already made a strong case for more playing time, beginning with the exhibition opener. Collison, from Etiwanda High, scored the first five points of that game, showing unusual poise and confidence for a freshman.
What caused even Howland's jaw to drop was a play in which the 6-foot Collison stole the ball and made it to the basket for a dunk on only two dribbles. Howland ran the game tape back, measured, and reported that Collison had started seven feet behind the midcourt line.
And then there is Cedric Bozeman. Remember him? All he did was start at the point for three seasons, lead the Pacific 10 Conference in assists in 2003-04 and use his 6-6 height and mobility to become a strong defensive force.