Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
In the latest round of disgrace from this current group of players attending UCLA on scholarship to play basketball, RN let loose this dandy:
"People who don't play with heart and don't play with balls don't register with me," Nelson said. "I'm not going to bad-mouth my teammates, obviously, but today was a gut-check and we got checked pretty hard, and that showed."
Thankfully, RN didn't publicly name teammates (I'm sure Nestor has an inkling on who RN was referring to). But wow. To be fair, RN has played with the most energy all season, but his 9 points, 5 of 9 free throws, 2 rebounds, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers, and 4 fouls isn't exactly bringing it either.
And it looks like ML wasn't the only one thinking that his coach got outcoached. RN took some blame for the players saying that the blame should go
Unreal. Not only is this team not fun to watch or cheer for on the court, they are becoming increasingly dislikeable off the court as well.
It seems that CBH is the only one willing to take any responsibility for this team's struggles.
"I'm in charge of the program," Howland said. "The buck stops here. It starts here. We were not well-enough prepared for this game. Nor did we understand how they were going to come out and jump us with defense."
I'm glad that CBH is taking responsibility, but really coach, you didn't think SC would play tough defense?!?! Did no one on your 18 person staff notice the fact that SC leads the conference in almost every defensive category? Have you not seen them play for two minutes this whole season? Unbelievable.
The worst thing about CBH taking responsibility is that his immature players see that as an excuse for why they aren't playing well. "Coach said its his fault, so I'm clear for playing terrible." Some of this may just be the result of young players not understanding how the media works (MR is really the only media savvy player on this roster), but if they are willing to say these things publicly, one wonders what is going on in their heads and private conversations.