On the ABC telecast of Sunday's Game 7 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks, game announcers Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown had some great things to say about UCLA head coach Ben Howland, his program and the Bruin players in the NBA.
Here is a transcript of those comments, courtesy of Larry Brown Sports and Bruins Nation:
Tirico: "Luc Richard Mbah a Moute out of UCLA. So many good players. Many people [are] becoming more aware of Russell Westbrook with Oklahoma City's run. A lot of good UCLA players. Mbah a Moute is the defensive specialist as he was with Ben Howland at UCLA. He fits right into Scott Skiles' style.
"I talked about Mbah a Moute and his UCLA days and Russell Westbrook, you have [Darren] Collison the rookie for New Orleans, Arron Afflalo, who did a very nice job after his couple years in Detroit. He's moved on and found an even more comfortable spot. Kevin Love, obviously for Minnesota. That UCLA program turned out some darn good players under Ben Howland. Obviously Trevor Ariza was at the back end of the continuation of the great run, but their defensive mindset has helped those guys come right in."
Brown: "Well absolutely. Ben Howland, when he was at Northern Arizona then Pitt and now out at UCLA, excellent defensive coach. His guys are going to be working, they're going to be professional people, and they're going to adhere to whatever you're selling offensively and defensively."
Here is the list of 14 Bruins currently in the NBA, nine of whom played for Howland:
Arron Afflalo, Denver - 8.8 points, 3.1 rebounds in 82 games (75 starts)
Trevor Ariza, Houston - 14.9 points, 5.6 rebounds in 72 games (71 starts)
Matt Barnes, Orlando - 8.8 points, 5.5 rebounds in 81 games (58 starts)
Darren Collison, New Orleans - 12.4 points, 5.7 assists in 76 games (37 starts), NBA All-Rookie First Team
Baron Davis, Clippers - 15.3 points, 8.0 assists in 75 games (73 starts)
Jordan Farmar, Lakers - 7.2 points and 1.5 assists in 82 games (18.0 minutes)
Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee - 2.8 points, 2.9 rebounds in 32 games
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia - 8.0 points, 3.8 assists in 73 games (51 starts)
Ryan Hollins, Minnesota - 6.1 points, 2.8 rebounds in 73 games (27 starts)
Jason Kapono, Philadelphia - 5.7 points in 57 games (12 starts)
Kevin Love, Minnesota - 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists in 60 games (22 starts)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee - 6.2 points, 5.5 rebounds in 73 games (62 starts)
Earl Watson, Indiana - 7.8 points, 5.1 assists in 79 games (52 starts)
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City - 16.1 points, 8.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 82 games (82 starts)