I enjoyed today's LA Times article as well. What stuck with me, in addition to appreciating Howland's dynamic push to sign Farmar, was Lavin's disingenuous quotes, whining and obvious selfishness.When Lavin didn't follow up, Farmar and his parents figured that was it for Westwood.
"I didn't think he was impressed with Jordan," Kolani said.
Not so, Lavin said. The problem wasn't with Farmar's future. It was with his own.
With the Bruins struggling, Lavin was convinced his dismissal, which he said he had been expecting for several seasons, was finally coming. And, he said, he wasn't about to lie to Farmar or other prospects and promise them he'd be there for them....
"[T]here was a very strong consensus by then that I was not going to be the coach at UCLA for very long. By the time he was a college freshman, it was pretty clear I was not going to be at UCLA. That paralyzed my staff's ability and effectiveness to recruit."
Let's get this straight. Lavin couldn't succeed on the court because of the "unrealistic expectations" of UCLA fans, and then, when he was finally getting ready to be shown the door (finally), how does Mr. Class react? Keep working hard to recruit the kids necessary to give his earlier recruits the best chance for success? Keep earning his big salary to do right by the university that had stuck with him so (too) long? Show some self respect, and act like a man?
No. Lavin would rather make excuses, whine like a little bitch and roll over like a whipped dog. And that's what I think even assuming his story above is accurate- when it is probably closer to the truth to say that Lavin ignored Farmar, didn't really appreciate his talent, and was too busy with his daytime soaps to know any better.
What a tool.
I hate to be negative when everything is going so well. But I can't help thinking of these things when I'm appreciating Howland. Go Bruins.