ICYMI ESPN's "draft analyst" Chad Ford fired a repackaged cheap shot against Ben Howland couple of days ago in ESPN Magazine's June 23rd issue:
A scout's view can also be blurred by the nature of the college game. Just as some systems inflate a player's value (see: Adam Morrison at Gonzaga), others prevent players from showcasing their skills. UCLA seems to specialize in hiding NBA talent. Over the past two NBA seasons, Westbrook, Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday all significantly exceeded expectations set by their so-so college stats. Ben Howland's grind-it-out game plan is largely to blame. Those three natural point guards are all blessed with great speed and attacking instincts, but Howland dialed them back to a plodding pace. He also mostly played Westbrook and Holiday off the ball (alongside Collison), which obscured their playmaking skills. Safely in the pros, the ex-Bruins benefited further from the NBA's tight hand-checking rules.
Sticking with our BN policy not going to offer any link for garbage like that. Obviously Ford's take here is dumber than anything you will find coming out from even nimrods like Bill Plaschke. I mean there are just so many points here to debunk that nonsense:
I wonder if Ford has taken similar shots against legendary coaches like Dean Smith for ya know "dialing back" Michael Jordan's potential during his two seasons at UNC.
I can't believe I wasted a fanpost on garbage like this but sometimes nuggets like that are used by opponents (See post on Arizona's board). It is so ridiculous and I wish UCLA would tell this chump to stay away if he thought about coming to Pauley next season to check out our team.
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