A little mixed bag of hoop related items this Friday. NCAA wants to tinker around with the 3 point line. Coach Howland is miffed about it:
The change still must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel during its May 25 meeting. If passed, the three-point line will be moved back for the 2008-09 season — the first significant change to the three-point rule since it was adopted more than 20 years ago.
"Since the three-point line was implemented, the game has changed," said Larry Keating, rules committee chair. "The student-athletes playing are bigger and stronger and we need to adjust for that."
UCLA Coach Ben Howland predicted the change would increase the use of zone defenses and slightly reduce attempts, adding, "I'm a little miffed at adding three inches on top of the international line."
Meanwhile going back to Coach Howland FSN's Jeff Goodman lists Howland as one of the top-10 coaches in the country, who could (if they wanted to) explore the NBA. That's not a surprise. Coach Howland is one of the best coaches in America. But he loves the college game way more and he loves UCLA. He has said repeatedly he is at UCLA to restore Wooden's legacy. He is pretty much there but his job is still not complete because a new banner hasn't gone up in Pauley. Moreover, given the pathetic state of NBA featuring bunch of teams with hired mercenaries with no sense of loyalty, dressed up in funny jerseys playing street ball without any semblance of defense, I don't think Coach Howland will even think about leaving what he has restored and rebuilt at UCLA. So rest easy.
Howland will most likely be a Bruin forever and enjoy a glorious retirement to his basketball career in Westwood. However, some analysts think that his first recruit may experience a rude awakening in the NBA:
And while AA is now gone many of us are eagerly awaiting the arrival of future Bruins who one day will hopefully live up to the standards established by the latest Bruin All American. One of them happens to Jerime Anderson. Greg Hicks has this bit on the future Bruin in a recruiting roundup at FSN: