Hoops Roundup: Joshua’s Thumb Update, Pushing The Tempo For Tyler & Other UCLA Notes

All right. We can all collectively breathe a huge sigh of relief:

The X-rays on UCLA freshman center Joshua Smith's right thumb were negative and he is listed as day to day, the school announced Friday.

Smith sprained his thumb during the first half of the Bruins' exhibition victory over Westmont Thursday night. He had nine points and four rebounds in eight minutes, but sat out the entire second half.

Our next exhibition game is against Cal State LA on Tuesday. I think Coach Howland should sit Joshua out for that night  and get him ready for the season opener against CSUN on Friday night.

Thanks to b d and LVBruins for sharing photos and video highlights from the first exhibition game. Jon Gold posted the post game Q&A with Reeves Nelson, Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt:

Nothing earth shattering except for bunch of tradmed reporters trying to make too much out of an exhibition game following the debacle of last year's buzzer beater v. Concordia. Although the back and forth about trying to be like Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns (with defense and the barb against Carmelo Anthony) is LOL funny.

Again, I really appreciate the fact that Gold seems to having fun doing his job and interacting with our guys. Don't think we have anyone else covering the UCLA beat except for Blair Angulo and Peter Yoon (from ESPNLA) who seem to genuinely enjoy covering Bruin sports.

Most importantly, don't forget "Dribble for the Cure III" is tomorrow at Pauley:

`Dribble For The Cure III' will take place Sunday, Nov. 7 at historic Pauley Pavilion. Once again, Ben Howland's UCLA men's basketball team, Nikki Caldwell's  Bruin women's basketball squad and the UCLA Athletic Department will join forces with UCLA basketball alumnus John Vallely, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) and the Cancer Research Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA for the third annual fund-raising event.

Proceeds will be directed to finding a cure for pediatric cancer and supporting the treatment for children with cancer at the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Last year, in its second season, `Dribble For The Cure II' featured over 750 registered participants dribbling a basketball across the UCLA campus and raising more than $90,000. That was an increase in donations from the first event, held in 2008, when nearly 400 participants `Dribbled For The Cure' and raised approximately $72,000 for PCRF and the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

"We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation of Coaches Nikki Caldwell and Ben Howland; John Vallely; the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and UCLA Athletics for their support," said Dr. Kathy Sakamoto, chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. "`Dribble For The Cure' has meant so much to us and to the patients and their families. Our goal is to cure all children with cancer and minimize the effects of treatment. This event makes a significant impact in improving the lives of all of our patients."

We of course have a collective stake in this event. As mentioned on the home page we just passed the $8,000 mark for Tyler. I think we have already made a thunderous statement wrt to what Bruin Family means in this community. Why not keep it going though, and take it to whole another level.

In a year where we are all talking Bruins pushing the tempo, let's do a little bit of that one our end.  Let's pass the $10,000 mark by tomorrow.  Let's leave no doubt about where the most passionate of all Bruins come from within the extended UCLA family.


<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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