Unbelievable, the article, if you read it, was certainly disparaging towards BH.
Stories of BH verbally abusing his assistants, weak players and team managers? BH being a F’n Queen and complaining about the temperature of his water and the temp of the room, which had to be at 76 degrees, and abusing people if it wasn't. BH is a F’n bully who acted like a Primma Donna and picked favorites. Some example he set for his players. Like Nelson said when abusing an assistant, "that’s how BH talks to you." BTW, Nelson is a real POS, I hope he is relegated to the NDBL for the rest of his career, what an Ahole. And, as we suspected, now we really know why those assistants left for places like Gonzaga and Wyoming, to escape the other A-hole, Ben Howland. I’ve met the guy several times, and as I’ve written here many times before, he really is an A-hole.
It also talks about Nelson being a Completely destructive force and presence on the team and BH doing ABSOLUTELY nothing about it. Stories of Nelson setting illegal hard screens with elbows to the chest of Collison, Moser, and Carlino. One time, giving Carlino a concussion and then Nelson hazing Carlino afterwards in the locker room, calling him soft to not practice. Throwing elbows to the chest of Moser twice, illegally, during a drill and Moser warning him that he would punch him if he did it again. Then Moser keeping his promise and a fight ensuing. Stories of Nelson flagrantly fouling Taylor Trepanier hard on a breakaway and then stepping on his chest while he is laying on the ground. BH, showing favoritism by never calling fouls on Nelson, unless they are obvious and flagrant. Nelson pissing on room mate Honeycutt's clothes after coming home wasted one night, for suspecting that Honeycutt derailed Nelson's NY Eve Party Bus plans, by "ratting him out." More importantly Howland doing NOTHING about it. When a ex player asked BH why he was playing favorites and not disciplining Nelson, Bh says "because he produces.
The worst part of it is, that when questioned about it by SI, Donut Dan completely backs BH. Directly from SI story.
UCLA athletic Director Dan Guerrero, who through a spokesman declined SI's interview request, told ESPN.com in January, "I need Ben Howland. Why would I even think about looking at someone else." He added, "By his own admission, he [Howland] made mistakes. But I'm going to work with him. I'm not going to crucify him for his own mistakes. Because BH is one hell of a coach, and anyone who understands basketball, anyone that's been around him, that understands the game, has the utmost respect for what he does as a coach....We need to turn it around, and we all get that. But we will."
LMAO. Few thoughts, no Dan, you don't need BH, what you need is a clue and some balls. You're going to work with him? Double LMAO. Dan, who is going to work with you? And what exactly makes you qualified? You're not exactly a turn around specialist. Anyone that has been around him has the utmost respect for him? You mean the assistants who he berated, who respected him SO much that they couldn't wait to leave for mecca's like Gonzaga and Wyoming. You mean the players, who are all putting up All conference numbers and left him? Yes Dan, it's obvious we need to turn it around, it is also obvious you and BH are not the men to do it.