UCLA forward Tony Parker has tripled his playing time, going from 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman to 18.9 as a sophomore.
Other than that, he said, there isn’t anything else new about his second go-round with the Bruins.
“I play,” he said. “That’s the difference. That’s the only really big difference, is I play.”
That alone has been enough to keep him patient. Parker insisted this week that he isn’t frustrated by his up-and-down season under first-year head coach Steve Alford, one captured in his performances this past week: a career-high 22 points against Stanford, followed by 0 points against Cal.
He committed two fouls in 85 seconds on Sunday against the Bears, and said he should have adjusted his play more quickly to what the officials were calling.
Parker has picked up at least four fouls in seven of the Bruins’ 20 games this season, and said he has to learn to manage his aggression.
“I have a great relationship with the Pac-12 refs,” he said with a smile. “It’s a building relationship.”
It’s not exactly a new problem. Parker joked that when he played at Miller Grove High in Georgia, he may have led the league in technical fouls.