It's must-see tv for Bruins fans tonight. HBO's "Kareem: Minority of One," a 90-minute documentary about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's basketball career, premieres tonight at 10 PM. The film includes archival footage from as far back as Kareem's junior high school games, and of course also includes video from Kareem's years at UCLA as well as his time in the NBA.
Sports Illustrated reviews the film and provides a series of short videos that comprise an interview with Kareem about the film. However, Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News has a much smarter review of the documentary, and Rick Chandler argues that the film effectively "reminds us why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the greatest of all time." I don't know about you, but I don't need that reminder--I've always considered Kareem the best basketball player ever.
Howard Beck at Bleacher Report has an in-depth interview with Kareem to discuss the documentary that I recommend.
Here's a trailer from the film:
If you can't watch "Kareem: Minority of One" tonight, HBO offers many other playdates, so there's no excuse for not watching film. I encourage everyone to watch it!
On Monday afternoon, Josh Rosen was named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. A total of 17 players have been chosen as semifinalists, including five Pac-12 quarterbacks: Luke Falk (Washington State), Jared Goff (California), Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Cody Kessler (Southern Cal), and Josh Rosen (UCLA). Rosen is the only freshman among the semifinalists.
In other UCLA football news, the Bruins are busy preparing for their next game--a road game against the Beavers in Reser Stadium on Saturday afternoon. If you want to read an "opponent sneak peek" of the Bruins, check out the Bruins-Beavers preview in the Oregonian.
UCLA Football Recruiting
Bruin Report Online has a video feature on future Bruin Krys Barnes. Barnes is a four-star inside linebacker at Liberty High School in Bakersfield.
In case you missed the news, UCLA extended an offer to class of 2016 prospect Nahjee Flowers on Saturday. Flowers is a three-star, two-way lineman with offers from New Mexico, San Diego State, Fresno State, and Nevada as well as UCLA. Bruin Report Online has Flowers' 2015 midseason highlights.
UCLA Men's Basketball
Jon Rothstein at CBS Sports sat down with Steve Alford recently for a discussion of the past and present of UCLA basketball. Whatever your opinion of Alford, it's unlikely to be changed by Rothstein's interview. In fact, I'm willing to bet that most people's opinion of Alford will be reinforced by reading what he has to say. For what it's worth, the main takeaway is that Alford "like[s] the direction we have." In a few months, we'll have a much better idea of what direction that is.
UCLA Men's Golf
The Bruins are competing in the Gifford Collegiate at the La Costa Legends Course this week. After yesterday's first round, UCLA freshman Cole Madey was in the lead after shooting a 4-under par 67. As a team, UCLA is tied for third with Oregon, two strokes behind Stanford and Washington. The Bruins are back in action this morning with an 8:55 AM tee off time.
UCLA Women's Golf
UCLA Women's Golf was also in action yesterday, and after 36 holes of golf, the Bruins are tied for the lead in the Pac-12 Preview at Nanea Golf Club in Hawai'i. The Bruins will be back at it early this morning with a 7:30 AM tee off time (9:30 AM PST). For those interested in following the action, live scoring is available, and you can follow UCLA Women's Golf on Twitter.
UCLA Men's Tennis
On Sunday, UCLA's Karue Sell made it all the way to the championship match of the So Cal Intercollegiate Championships before losing to top-seed Max de Vroome of Southern Cal. Sell lost the first set in a tiebreaker, came back to take the second set 6-4, but after taking an early lead in the third set, couldn't hold serve. Set scores were 6-7, 6-4, 3-6.
On Saturday, future Bruin Madison Kocian won a gold medal at the 2015 World Championships. Kocian finished in a four-way tie for first place on the uneven bars to claim gold.
UCLA Women's Soccer
The Bruins conclude a disappointing season this Friday against Southern Cal, but the future of the program remains bright. Last season's Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player Of The Year Mallory Pugh will be joining the Bruins in 2016, and the Bruins will add Ashley Sanchez in 2017. Both players were in action last week with the US U-20 team in a friendly against Spanish club Rayo Vallecano. Sanchez--just 16 years old--scored all four goals in the 4-1 victory by the US, and Pugh assisted on two of the goals.
UCLA Bruins in the Community
UCLA student-athletes were at Mattel Children's Hospital last week to celebrate Halloween with children who wouldn't otherwise be able to trick or treat. I'd like to thank all of the student-athletes who took the time to make a difference in the lives of these children.
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That's What's Bruin this Tuesday morning. Go BRUINS!