Thank you MR.
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Thank you for giving the Bruin Nation some incredible memories in a glorious career in Westwood.
It is unfortunate MR's last game as a Bruin had such a disappointing (not unusual for this ugly season) ending. However, he had nothing to be ashamed of. He gave us everything he had and left everything on the court. He finished the game with a career high 27 points and became only the 49th Bruin in our program's history to score 1,000 points or more.
Mike came in as a role player in Howland's recruiting class that also brought in DC, LRMAM, PAA and Ryan Wright. Needless to say he became little more than a role player as he developed into a classic Ben Ball warrior. He is essentially the last link to one of the most glorious stretches for UCLA basketball during post Wooden era.
It is too bad he didn't have a team that complimented his efforts, dedication and leadership on the court. Perhaps the kids who will come back next season make an effort to learn from MR's work ethic and dedication to UCLA and commit themselves to bring back the memories MR and his team-mates were able to provide in his first four years in Westwood.
Anyway, thank again to Mike for being a great Bruin and the ultimate Ben Ball warrior.