While Karl Dorrell's football team was enjoying their loooooooong time off from practice (which could be a blessing in disguise because we can imagine it might be good for our players to stay away from a doofus like Dorrell), Coach Howland's practices have gotten off to an intense start. Dohn has the report on weekend practices during when Kevin Love was knocked down- twice:
That said, Love categorized his first two days of practice as positive during a conference call Saturday. He spent both practices playing center, then gave a diplomatic answer when asked if he preferred to play center or power forward.
"Coach Howland doesn't really want to give me a spot," Love said. "He just wants me to be able to create, make passes at the top, be a transition 3-point shooter, be able to put the ball on the floor. He just wants me to do a bunch of stuff, but he knows my natural position is to bang down low a little bit.
"I'm going to step out. I'm going to hit some 15-foot, 18-foot jump shots, and also some 3-point shots as well."
Because center Lorenzo Mata was limited with a foot injury, Love spent much of his time battling with Aboya on the offensive end.
"Alfred plays so hard, and is such a great competitor, playing against him every day is something that's really going to help Kevin," Howland said. "That's something he never had to do in practice in high school; that's have a real man, an animal, that he's going to have to compete with every day. That's really going to raise his level of game."
"Josh looked great," Love said. "He was coming out here jumping well, dunking well." But no dunks on Love. "That's not happening," the freshman said. "I'll foul him before that happens."
Howland was particularly pleased with the play of junior Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Mbah a Moute, who had been the Pacific 10 Conference freshman of the year two seasons ago, struggled all last season because of sore knees.
"Luc is really shooting the ball well," said Howland, who hopes to use Mbah a Moute mostly at small forward this season. "Luc may have been the best player on our team the first two practices."
I know some here have not been all that happy with home game OOC schedule this year. But to me it doesn't matter. I can watch these guys play against anyone, anywhere and enjoy watching a prototype Ben Ball beatdown through tough, physical, bruising defense coming at them in blue and gold waves.
26 more days.