Unnamed NBA execs complain about Pauley Pavilion seats

You are an NBA scout, or if you’ve worked your way up, even an executive. You’ve circled Jan. 9 on your calendar, carving out a spot on your busy schedule to watch UCLA host No. 1 Arizona. You’re excited about this one, and you’re right to be. Awaiting you is the best atmosphere Pauley Pavilion has seen in years, as well as a sick, one-handed reverse alley-oop by lottery prospect Aaron Gordon.

But you try and roll into Westwood about — oh, an hour or so before tipoff. After spending half that time stuck in the long line of traffic leading into Lot 8, another realization: There are 44 others who requested (and were granted) scouting credentials to this game. You get seated far above your usual accommodations, much too distant to hear any on-court expletives or see any beads of sweat.

And so, you start complaining to the media.

Here it goes …


Because basketball can only be properly evaluated from within 30 feet or so.

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  • David Michael Crowell

    F those privileged vultures.

  • Cliff Sakata

    Shouldn’t grant the credential if you can’t accommodate them properly. Dan Guerrero sucks again.

  • drakejr

    “Because basketball can only be properly evaluated from within 30 feet or so.”

    Don’t be stupid. If you have NBA dignitaries, you put them in good seats. It makes the NBA folks happy. It shows the players and recruits that you garner interest from the NBA. Only Dan G would be stupid enough to screw that up.

    • miltk

      if they go to more games they’d get to sit REAL CLOSE. so what, they only want to see the zona games? did they attend the game because it was their job or because it was an event!!!!!

      get real

  • john wolcott

    Golly gee, poor babies. But in this town if you ain’t a big Hollywood guy, you “ain’t nothin’”

  • ProbationU

    If you only include comments from 1 person, why use the term execs…as in more than 1. Also, UCLA prospects will always be evaluated, if they are good enough. For that idiot to imply otherwise is ridiculous. They will always find a way to look at talent…even go to Galen should SC find a player. Stupid comments from 1 whiny little man.

    • Jack Wang

      At least two execs were quoted, and the implication was that many more were upset.

  • Mark

    Mitch Kupchak was there and not exactly courtside. I’ve seen him the past 2 games.

    And BTW, if the players are good enough, they’ll get looked at. That scout will be back at Pauley if his GM so instructs…

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      (New players will help, but more than anything, the Lakers need a new sibling in charge.)

  • Joe Blow

    The first 4-5 rows center court were empty. They should sit there until the seat holder comes……a lot did not come.

  • EncinitasBruin

    As if the fortunes of UCLA’s NBA-caliber talent rise and fall on the emotional swings of some spoiled NBA scouts who get their knickers in a twist if they’re not pampered at Pauley. Geez.

  • 92104bruinfan

    Jack, how far in advance does an NBA scout have to request a credential especially for a highly attended event such as AZ-UCLA? Does Pauley allocate certain seats for NBA execs and scouts? Considering the challenges UCLA has had to fill up Pauley, I’d imagine they’d be reluctant to bump any fat cat donors from lower level seats. Thanks for the word as always.

  • miltk

    if they go to more games they’d get to sit REAL CLOSE. so what, they only want to see the zona games? did they attend the game because it was their job or because this was an event!!!!!

  • Cliff Sakata

    Not really about the have and have nots. If the standard of care for any program is to treat NBA guests with a certain level of accommodation and respect then we probably didn’t meet the standard.