UCLA’s 91-74 win over Stanford saw forward Tony Parker pour in a career-high 22 points — far beyond the 5.6 he had averaged against five previous Pac-12 opponents.
The key might have been a well-placed barb.
“You’ve got to get Tony mad,” said head coach Steve Alford. “It’s kind of hard to make him mad because everybody he sees, he’s friends with. It’s difficult to make him mad.
“Sometimes if you crack on his outfit — he had a really ugly outfit on (this morning). He wore red into our office. That’s just something you don’t do. Making fun of his outfit a lot, that bothers him. … Maybe he got fired up because of that.”
Parker’s response? “I’m one of the most well-dressed players Coach Alford has ever had.”
The 6-foot-9 sophomore said that Alford, being a 49-year-old Indiana native, must be behind the trends: “The fashion world’s a little slow there.”
On another note, should Alford really make fun of anyone else for wearing red?
– Game story from Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins notched their fourth Pac-12 win with an easy victory over the Cardinal.
– A notebook on UCLA’s bench, particularly Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine.
– Jill Painter’s column on sophomore point guard Kyle Anderson.