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Tracy Murray Gives UCLA a "B-/C+" for 2010-11, Questions Honeycutt's Heart

Tracy Murray was not very impressed with UCLA's recently completed basketball season:

I would give them a B-/C+ just because I thought they overachieved for the way that they were playing all year. But then at the same time, with some of that talent they have, if they were a little bit more disciplined and had more of an aggressive, attack attitude, I think they would have gotten past Florida. They would have had an opportunity to do more damage because they lost to teams that they shouldn't have lost to this year. That's why I wouldn't give them a higher grade--because teams like Montana should not be in the same gym as us, but we lost to them. So B-/C+, because the way they were spiraling down, and to recover and have a good performance in the Pac-10, and then totally drop the ball against Oregon in the Pac-10 tournament, and then to beat Michigan State and give Florida a run, they found a way to somewhat get it done. Inconsistency is what makes it look like they overachieved.

That's bull's eye from way downtown. He connected again with this candid commentary on Tyler Honeycutt:

Honeycutt hired an agent, which means he has no escape back. Malcolm is at least testing the market. Things are a little bit different now. This is another reason why I'm saying that it's kind of crazy for Tyler to come out right now. I didn't have to worry about people coming from Europe, Africa, South America, China, Japan; I didn't have to worry about that. They were picking from the pool of talent in the United States. You have to worry about the world now. The percentage of making the NBA is a lot different than it was when I came in. You don't know what's coming from overseas. I'm not saying that Tyler doesn't have talent, Malcolm either. But you have to be sure. You have to be dead sure when you go in there, that you're going to last. You want it to last at least 10 to 12 years. You don't want it to be one, two, three and out. That's what you don't want. When you make your decision, you have to think about these things. I wish I could have sat down with at least Tyler and had a man-to-man with him. And him be honest with himself and me be honest with him. Because I played 12 years in the league and I came out after my junior year, not my sophomore year, my junior year, and I still wasn't ready mentally. I was a dog, I competed, but I was not ready to sit on that bench. I sat for three years before I played any considerable minutes. I was almost out of the league. If it weren't for the Toronto Raptors, I was out. Will he be able to fight through that? I haven't seen him fight. That's the question I have about Tyler Honeycutt. Malcolm Lee is a fighter; you can tell by the way he plays. But, in my opinion, he doesn't have what Tyler has as far as the skill factor.

He did praise Lee's decision to test the NBA waters.

You can read the full give and take here.

<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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