L.A. Clippers’ bench bonded by Bruins

(L to R) Ryan Hollins Darren Collison and Matt Barnes are the UCLA Bruins on the L.A. Clippers roster.
(L to R) Ryan Hollins, Darren Collison and Matt Barnes are the UCLA Bruins on the L.A. Clippers roster.

The “baby blue” UCLA pipeline to the NBA is a well-traveled one with 15 Bruins currently on NBA rosters entering the upcoming season – the most of any college program.

In fact, UCLA has delivered the most players to the NBA with Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA 2012-’13) being the 83rd Bruin headed to the show this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves where he’ll team up with another  former Bruin, Kevin Love (UCLA 2007) .

A third of all the currently active Bruin alums in the Association reside, appropriately enough, in Los Angeles.

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Bruins win first College World Series Championship, UCLA’s 109th National Title

Bruins rush the mound celebrating UCLA's first baseball title, the school's 109th national championship. courtesy:   NATI HARNIK — AP Photo
Bruins rush the mound celebrating UCLA’s first baseball title, the school’s 109th national championship.
courtesy:
NATI HARNIK — AP Photo

With all its National Championships in various sports – 108 of them which is by far the most of any NCAA school – a baseball championship by UCLA’s Bruins wasn’t part of that impressive national title total.

It is now.

National championship number 109 for UCLA comes via the baseball diamond thanks to the Bruins (49-17) 8-0 win over Mississippi State to sweep the best two out of three title series at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

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UCLA Spring Showcase does so for Bruins fans

The annual Blue & White game capped the UCLA Spring Showcase at the Rose Bowl. photo: Eric Geller
The annual Blue & White game capped the UCLA Spring Showcase at the Rose Bowl.
photo: Eric Geller

The UCLA football team ended its spring workouts at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this past Saturday at the annual Spring Showcase.

The showcase really didn’t accomplish much to propel the Bruins as the odds on favorite to repeat as PAC-12 Southern Division Champions, maybe winning the conference outright and earning a trip to a BCS game.

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Ex-Bruin lineman Ogden to be enshrined in Canton this Summer.

UCLA's Jonathan Ogden won the Outland & Morris Trophies as the nation's best lineman in 1995. courtesy: Associated Press
UCLA’s Jonathan Ogden won the Outland & Morris Trophies as the nation’s best lineman in 1995.
courtesy: Associated Press

During the early to mid-1990s, UCLA was fortunate to have offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden on its football roster.

Coming out of Washington D.C. he chose the Bruins over the University of Florida only because UCLA would allow him to be a part of the track and field team as well as the football team.

Thank goodness Gators don’t do much compromising in, or out of, the water.

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UCLA freshman Muhammad declares for June NBA Draft.

Here’s my recent post on examiner.com.

UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is going pro. courtesy: AP
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is going pro.
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Like Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday and Trevor Ariza before him, Shabazz Muhammad joined the “one-hit wonder club” of the UCLA men’s basketball team.

As expected, since arriving in Westwood last year as a member of the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class, Muhammad, the Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year on Tuesday announced he’s elected to forego his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

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Howland’s Westwood decade wasn’t “Wooden statue-esque”

Ben Howland coached Bruins to three Final Fours. courtesy: AP
Ben Howland coached Bruins to three Final Fours.
courtesy: AP

Patience hasn’t been a virtue in college basketball, or any college sport for that matter, since cable television and ESPN became part of our lexicon.

UCLA’s patience with its men’s head basketball coach, Ben Howland, ended this past weekend after ten seasons.

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Ex-Bruins show well in second annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

AFC and ex-Bruin running back David Allen (26) was happy with his performance in 2nd annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. photo: Eric Geller
AFC and ex-Bruin running back David Allen (26) was happy with his performance in 2nd annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
photo: Eric Geller

Put on by the players’ union, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl isn’t just about the game, it’s about what the 104 aspiring future pros could be facing at the next level on and off the field.

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Reality for UCLA Sports, there’s always next year. Not in real life.

 

My Mother, Suzanne, was influential in my love of sports. photo: Eric Geller
My Mother, Suzanne, was influential in my love of sports.
photo: Eric Geller

Wait ‘til next year……

There’s always next year……

See you next year…

Those are just three of the cliché rallying cries in sports. We’ve all yelled them at some point in our sports-loving lives.

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