Here is the 14th set:
How do players generally view staff changes? Are coaching candidates chosen based on intangibles like attitude and personality that would fit the team personnel/coaching staff before salaries are considered?
Players understand coaching staff changes. It’s a business, and they each know a coach is going to look for better, higher paying jobs. And candidates are chosen based upon everything you stated. There are some coaches that would be a great fit, but financially it could never happen.
Does UCLA have plans to upgrade the current weightroom facilities for players? What does CRN think will help improve the strength and conditioning of the team? What do you think? more attitude/motivation or facility changes?
I don’t know how much more in the upgrade department UCLA could do. It has limited space, and that is a big factor. And from my understanding, it is more of a motivation/attitude factor. The desire to get bigger and stronger and compete in the offseason is the biggest thing for the players to do, and they should be able to do that even without a better facility for weight training.
Why does it seem like UCLA’s backcourt players outrebound the frontcourt players?
That’s not true, but it is because the front court players are boxing out their men and the guards can swoop in and get rebounds. It’s a scheme thing.
I know we got away with a couple of things like Shipp’s blatant walk in the 1H, but it seemed like Harden was traveling and bowling our whole team over all game with impunity. And that charging call on Collison at the end was just unforgivable. What’s your take?
I don’t like to complain about refs or blame them for the outcomes of games, but I thought it was a horribly officiated game Thursday. It was awful, in my opinion.
Is there any earthly thing we as fans can do to get better officiating in the Pac-10? It’s just an absolute joke.
Maybe organize a petition and send it the Pac-10 office. Other than that, I have no idea.
What have you heard about the NBA draft projections of the UCLA men’s basketball team, namely Darren Collison, Jrue Holiday, Alfred Aboya, and Josh Shipp (if any), especially with all the NBA scouts in attendance at the ASU game?
The scouts were in attendance because the all-star game is in Phoenix. I hear Collison mid to late first round, Holiday in the lottery and the Aboya and Shipp not expected to be drafted.
Is Alfred Aboya graduating with his master’s degree this spring or summer? Would he be happy to play ball overseas (namely Europe) or would he settle for it if that’s all that’s offered?
I think Aboya will have another year of study, but I’m not sure. I will check with him. As for playing, he wants to play in the NBA. Short of that, he will play where they pay him the most to play so he can help support his family.
Have you seen a worse tattoo on a UCLA athlete than Jordan Farmar’s? Him and his sister, that’s sweet and all, but kinda weird, no?
I don’t get in the way off family things. He loves his sister and it was very important to him. Hey, I have Mickey Mouse tattoos, so who am I to judge?