A really good read from the Oklahoman which recently did a Q&A with JF (who is now up 2-0 against RW's Thunder). JF was asked "why so many Bruins" including his predecessors from pre-Howland era have made it "big as point guards. JF right at the beginning gave credit to Coach Ben Howland (emphasis added):
Farmar: "We just happened to go there, I guess. We all played for different coaches. A lot of us have moved in. Russell (Westbrook), and Darren (Collins) and I played for Coach Howland. He’s a good basketball coach. Teaches you to be ready to play at this level. We just came in one after another, got an opportunity to come in and play at a high level and show our talents and go pursue our careers."
JF then said the following when asked if there was a connection among former UCLA guards:
Farmar: "Definitely. Once you’re a Bruin, you’re a Bruin for life. We all take pride of being part of that history and tradition. Looking forward to building on that. Got a chance to do that with the Lakers, my hometown team, win a championship here. Which is special. Definitely take pride in being a Bruin."
Read rest of it here. I sure hope Coach Howland and his staff is blasting that piece around to all recruits because he needs messages like this going out to today's high school kids.
JF along with KL, RW, LRMAM, and AA have been great about supporting the current program after leaving for the Big Show. Can't say the same about others.