• NOBSisdaMAN

    DISASTER II. Best player on the team. Oh well, more playing time for sonny boy.

    • pennyfan041

      Jordan Adams will be the best player on the team, assuming he doesn’t leave prematurely (as Zach is doing). I wish he’d stay, but I’m fine with a lineup of Hamilton, Powell, Adams, Looney, and Parker/Welsh. The other big guy can join Bail and Bolden as backup bigs. Allen backs up SF. Bryce backs up PG. The lineup would look great with Lavine starting instead of Hamilton, but no big deal. We’ll still look pretty great. Here’s to hoping that Adams stays!

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        Snore

    • pennyfan041

      Also, lay off Bryce. Don’t be stupid. There’s enough stupid going around at BN. Bryce was named to the All Pac 12 freshmen team. Clearly, he belongs on this basketball team.

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        Come on. He wouldn’t start for El Camino.

        • ProbationU

          But he would be a star at SC.

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            SC wouldn’t take a lousy kid like that.

          • ProbationU

            SC took about 12 lousy kids like that. SC is one of the worst teams in America. On top of that, SC got desperate and hired the flavor of the month for it’s BB coach. They succcck.

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            And just think, they won the same thing in the NCAA tourney…..Nothing.

          • ProbationU

            You could say the same thing about the other 67 teams in the tourney….none of which was SC. 12th in a 12 team league from a school that charged you what? 40k for a seat license in Galen? Is that correct? Boy did they see you coming!! Do you always pay retail or above?

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            I only have to point out phucla. Disaster. All the kids want out! Coach plays sonny boy. He’s awful. Say what you want, but ucla won NOTHING this year.

        • pennyfan041

          Dude, seriously. Saying that a selection for the All Freshmen team in a power conference wouldn’t start for El Camino (not even sure what this means) is ridiculous. It flies in the face of everything intelligent. Bryce averaged 8 pts, 2 reb, 3 assists, and had better than a 2 to 1 turnover ratio as a freshmen backup pg. All of this on a team with a final season ranking of #15 or whatever we were. Bad freshmen basketball players can’t do that at UCLA. It doesn’t happen. They aren’t good enough. Can you please just open one of your eyes and glance at the world for a sec? It’s a beautiful place. Experiencing life with eyes closed, listening to idiots is no way to live. Be a person.

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            Sweetie, go back to gardening.

          • ProbationU

            Any Trojans leaving? Or is a conviction required?

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            Doesn’t matter. Did just as good as phucla. Went NOWHERE. Big yap, bRuin PU, but again….NADA. Second rate school & sports program.

          • ProbationU

            12th in Pac-12 is just as good as UCLA? Guess you are enjoying those 40k seats at Galen! Should be gold-plated.

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            The kid is a dog. Go read Bruin Nation, the Bible for ucla sports.

          • pennyfan041

            I’ve read BN. Not impressed.

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

        That assumes that “stupid” is a choice for Joseph Way B. Lowe Normal.

        (Watch him prove my point in 3 … 2 … 1 …)

    • LTEfan

      Hi Joe Blow!

  • Dominick King

    I think he should of say just maybe one more year, cause who know he could of develop better until Alford

    • Cliff Sakata

      Crazy to think he left in part because he didn’t think he’d develop under Alford. That’s not a ringing endorsement.

      • ProbationU

        Once he saw his name mentioned as a lottery pick he started playing poorly and selfishly at times. That stuff can mess with a kids head and with parents as well. If he wants to leave, then so be it. I hope he does well for his sake.

        If he told the Coach at midseason that he was turning pro at the end of the year, why would the coach want to develop him as a point guard only to see him leave at the end of the year? He already knew Anderson was gone and hasn’t recruited another point guard.

        I am not sure what the other players thought about this but it seems like Powell and Parker enjoyed the new staff.

        • NOBSisdaMAN

          Mr. Know It All at it again. Take two glups of Ensure and go to bed early.

  • drakejr

    He’s not ready. Enjoy your 3 games in the association kid. Hopefully you like Europe, because that’s where the rest of your career will be spent.

  • Dominick King

    @Jack Wang Do you think Jordan Adams will stay or leave? and I’m here 2014 top-100 Combo Guard might be coming to UCLA?

  • MPPBruin

    Hard to imagine him being successful at the NBA level right now. His raw athleticism is explosive, but he needs to work on his decision making and shot selection.

  • OCBrewin

    Lavine’s Parents not happy with Zack coming in off the bench…they think playing time will be an issue. smells like entitlement to me…NBA front office will sniff this out too. Parents, don’t worship your kids, just tell them to work harder.

    • The_Sports_Dude

      This sentiment should also be directed Coach Alford.

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Guess Anderson’s parents don’t know what they are doing either. Come on. Alford only cares about playing his so so kid.

      • fuksc

        I see the cockroaches have come out.

        • NOBSisdaMAN

          Here you are.

          • fuksc

            As are you punk

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            I’ll turn off the lights so you can come out.

          • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

            Did someone say “come out?!”

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            The lights are off and here you are.

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

      Not good enough to start/play a lot of minutes for UCLA, but good enough for the NBA?

      The NBA really ought to remove the artificial barrier to entry; if a kid is good enough to go pro — or thinks he is — let him.

      College basketball would benefit from it.

  • Me So Ramen

    Don’t think he’s ready for NBA, but do agree that it would probably sink his draft status next year if he’s exposed while staying a second year at UCLA. Hope and wish him well. Good luck!

  • Cliff Sakata

    I think it was pretty clear that he was leaving for a while now. He’s a possible lottery pick and you gotta take that while you have the chance. It was obvious to me that he had the best upside of anyone on the court last night. As much as I’d like him to stay, football and baseball are some of the only sports that require you to go to college. You can go pro in tennis, soccer, gymnastics, swimming,etc pretty much anytime you want. Our basketball players (notice I didn’t stay “student athletes”) don’t come here for the education, they are here to get to the NBA. Good for you Lavine. Hope you make lots of money.

    • Bryan

      You are looking at this correctly. Zach can mature physically while being compensated as a pro. His buzz subsided a bit with his slump, but his upside is extremely apparent.

      • max

        There is no upside to poor decision-making and selfish play. Lavine should and shall flop in the NBA.

        • Bryan

          I understand your point, but the pros love his upside/potential. I think he’s a bit light in the butt and didn’t even dominate college players. However, NBA scouts’ opinions outweigh yours and mine.

  • NOBSisdaMAN

    Notice the parents make the announcement BEFORE talking to Alford. Shows what they think of Alford. I’ll bet Bryce’s mom doesn’t talk to him.

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Back! Go back, I say, to the netherworld of BN!

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        I am on the loser board. Guess you didn’t your 1/2 Natty in F B either. Hahahaha

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

          Natty Selection?

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            Better than NO ucla selection since 1954

          • ThaiMex

            Hey Nubsie….that That NCAA Basketball “PARTICIPANT” banner you got hanging in the Gym sure looks swell!
            So So Cal strikes again!

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            How’s the Final Four? Oh, you’re at HOME tool! Hahahahahaha

    • LTEfan

      I’m going to be watching closely tonight, because the Sweet 16 is coming to an end which means Andy Enfield — Mr. Sweet 16 — must be coaching one of tonight’s teams.

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        Andy will be watching the Final Four at home….with Alford !

  • Mark

    Good riddance. He added nothing this season…except stupid and selfish play

  • Lifelong Bruin Fan

    I wish Lavine well, but I’m afraid he has a rude awakening awaiting him. Neither his game nor body are nearly prepared for the rigors of the NBA. He ought to ask Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt how it worked out for them to leave prematurely, and yet their games were much more polished than Lavine’s is now. Lavine has potential, but I could read off a long list of names that were drafted on potential yet never panned out.

    And speaking of players who are not ready for the NBA, I will add Kyle Anderson’s name to that list. Yes his game is more developed than Lavine’s, but he played not much more than marginally against a mature Florida team. He had difficulty breaking down defenders off the dribble without carrying the ball over, threw the ball away against the press, and did not demonstrate an ability to take over the game when it mattered. Though he is UCLA’s best player and certainly made the team better when he was on the court, he is still far from ready to assume PG duties in the NBA. I do think he will make it in the NBA because of his versatility, but he will help his draft stock considerably by staying another year and improving the weaknesses in his game (including outside shooting, scoring consistently in the low post against smaller defenders, and breaking down defenders without carrying the ball).

    • bruinray97

      Honeycutt was definitely not ready for the NBA, and he was WAY ahead of where Lavine is now. Sounds to me like the elder Lavine is pulling his strings.Then again, I didn’t think Jrue Holiday was ready and he’s had a decent career. I wish Zach luck in all of his future endeavors.

    • Oz

      Kyle Anderson isn’t viewed as a PG in the NBA

    • ThaiMex

      Lavine’s early season success went to his head, and then he made a REAL BIG MISTAKE. He slacked off in the classroom leaving him with TWO CHOICES….Academic ineligibility or leaving school for the draft. He is not better than Shabazz, Honeycutt, or Lee, nor is he ready for the NBA. I hope he enjoys Euro Ball.

  • The Big Woof!

    Don’t know if this is the case with Zach, but many kids leave early simply because they don’t want t go to class any more.

  • Bryan

    Playing time wasn’t a factor. Many teams are intrigued by Josh’s physical attributes and agents have been going hard after him (even after his slump). If you have the chance to be a first-rounder with the season he’s had, you take it.

    • max

      The “chance” to be a first-rounder is the flip side of the chance to fall out of the first round and into the D-League. That’s gambling quite a bit in exchange for furthering your development at the college level and making progress towards a degree. I don’t get the feeling Lavine is too smart, though. Maybe UCLA classes were too challenging for him.

  • MPPBruin

    I heard a great podcast with Jim Mora last week and he was talking about kids potentially going other places because they didn’t want to compete for spots. He basically said that if kids want to go somewhere else because they afraid of competition, then you don’t want kids like that. Sorry, Zach. I would have liked for you to stay and work on your game, but if this is your approach then it’s best for you to go.

  • max

    Zach Lavine has been a horrible Bruin and will be a flop in the NBA. He is not a team player, makes horrible decisions, is undersized, is not smart, and disrespected his teamates by treating his freshman year as an audition for the NBA. Good riddance to this idiodic and selfish child!

  • OCBrewin

    It’s hard to see Zach LaVine having an impact next year in the NBA …

    The last 5 games, 3 NCAA tourney, Pac12 championship, & Stanford Levine shot 21% from the field.

    In those games he was 4 of 19 FG and 0 for 10 for 3pts.

    That is 4 for 29 attempts!!!

  • NOBSisdaMAN

    And both schools will be at the same place for the Final Four: HOME.

  • Chris Le

    He knows that he will come off the bench next year in favor of Isaac Hamilton

  • j metaphor

    It’s getting tough to be a college basketball coach and fan. One and done doesn’t help anyone except perhaps the players parents.
    Good luck, Zach, thanks for giving the starters a breather but you won’t have many Bruin fans rooting for you or following your team if you make a squad.
    Turn in your sh@t and clean out your locker.
    Thanks for the drive by.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    This saddens me. Not to come across as a whimp but I actually cried when I first read this. I get very emotional about my Bruins and there players making poor decisions. I love these kids and want to see them do really good not just in sports but in live.

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Boo Hoo