So, yesterday, I found myself in the unusual position of actually defending Steve Alford from an unfounded attack.
I’m pleased to report that, today, the world is back to normal.
Today, we have an article from a different Philippine news website discussing why Kobe Paras opted for Creighton University after he left UCLA. (Hey, we here at Bruins Nation are willing to go to the ends of the earth to cover our beloved Bruins!)
And the only thing noteworthy for Bruin fans is a quote from Paras which some may consider a parting shot at Steve Alford. Admittedly, it may not have been intended that way, but, at the very least, it provides some insight into the state of the UCLA basketball program.
The article starts off saying:
Kobe Paras chose to play for NCAA Division 1 school Creighton University because of the way it treats its players, according to the young Filipino basketball star.
The 18-year-old phenom, who pulled out from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), explained that he has a different feeling playing in Creighton.
"Right here, it's not coach and players. It's more of a family," Paras said.
Whoa. So, the UCLA basketball team does not a "family" feel to it.
That’s telling, especially considering that three individuals involved in the program actually ARE family and one more is a close friend to that family.
Frankly, I’m not surprised. I’ve heard unsubstantiated rumors about things that have been said or how Coach Alford speaks to the team and this would fit in with those rumors.
And, this was the guy that Dan Guerrero decided deserved another year at the helm of our basketball program? Please.