Some Howland press conference notes

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland…
On Anthony Stover’s shoulder:
“He had a twinge during the Chaminade game over in Maui, and he came out and it was the end of the half, and he was scared because he felt something. It’s always going to be there, but I think he’s OK with it.”

On De’End Parker:
“His MRI came back that he has exactly what trainers and team doctors thought, that he has patella tendonitis. You can see it’s inflamed some on the MRI, which was Monday. There’s nothing else going on there. He really feels like its’s hampering him. It’s been 12 or 13 days.”

On Norman Powell:
“I think Norman is really coming on, improving every day. He’s put a lot of time in, extra time in on his own. He’s improving, and you can see it in his play. I thought a couple times in early games he would come in off the bench and he wouldn’t get in the flow. He’s learning to get into the flow of a game until he gets his first shot.”

On Reeves Nelson starting:
“We’ll see where it goes, but right now, he won’t be starting on Saturday. I suspended him and when he missed the plane to Maui, that was really uncharacteristic of him. We’d never had a problem with that. I don’t think that was something with him doing anything on purpose, but still it’s a problem.”

On Nelson working his way back into good graces:
“It comes down to him being positive and having a work ethic on the defensive end of the floor.”