Head Coach Ben Howland in
a quote referred to Kevin Love's right knee that has a contusion. It is actually
a left calf contusion. Kevin should be ready to go tomorrow (Saturday) at
On Lorenzo Mata-Real's sprained foot:
"He's not at 100 percent.
He's playing with a painful sprain. He's actually gone through two practices. It
was a little swollen and sore this morning, and he's gotten through it. He's
doing a good job."
On players who have stood out the last two days:
"It's been two hard
practices. I don't know that anybody has really stood out, any different from
where they were after the previous five practices. Kevin got kneed again in the
left calf. He got kneed in the same spot three times, so he's got a contusion
there. It's been by Alfred the last couple days, but I think it was Luc one day,
too. He just keeps getting kneed in the same spot. Hopefully, he'll be OK
tomorrow. We had to take him out the last five minutes of practice so that he
could get it iced. But with our guys, it's been a very intense practice the last
couple of days. They are playing very hard. I think that, offensively, we've got
a long way to go to run good motion. We don't have a first team and second team
situation in there. It's hard to run real good motion right now, but we'll get
On Kevin Love's performance:
"The best thing is that
he's going to play a lot down low. Our team, as you know, doubles the ball a lot
in the post. He's been really good at reading that and making quick passes
before the double even gets there and getting his teammates wide open shots."
On recruiting visits during the weekend:
"Today, they have been on
campus all day. They have gone to a class and took a tour of the campus. They
ate in the dorms, to get a feel for dorm food. At UCLA, it is [a good thing].
Our dorm food is really good. It's actually a positive. Some of the parents are
on the trip and all of them will be with us tonight. So it's nice for them to
see the dorms and see where they are going to be living. Obviously, we do a lot
of academic meetings. But they have already all done that previously. We go over
everything again in detail. They all get a chance to meet with our athletic
director and a number of different people on campus. They all go to practice.
And tonight, we're all going to my house for a meal. We have practice [Saturday]
morning from 10-11:45. We're going to take a quick shower and hope to get out
there [for the UCLA-Cal football game] by the end of the first quarter, and
maybe even before that.
"We really don't have that many moving parts. Right now we have 10 healthy scholarship players, including Lorenzo with a sprained foot. We don't even have the full allotment of scholarship players. We're allowed to have 13, and we have 11 this year. We're out with James Keefe right now, so we're down to 10. So it's not like we're going to be a pressing team with this group. We may press some, and with certain lineups in there it may be a good pressing group. But to make that a main staple, that isn't something I plan on doing."
On Darren Collison:
"Darren had a very good
practice yesterday. He is playing with a lot of intensity on the defensive end
of the floor. He's doing a good job pushing the ball. He's being very unselfish.
He led us in assists the first week of practice and again yesterday. He has done
On Kevin Love getting kneed in the calf:
"He's pretty tough. When
you're playing in the post, in general, it's so physical in there. He's got two
big scratch marks on his back. Somebody scratched the heck out of him yesterday.
So, I checked everybody's fingernails today to make sure everybody had nice,
short fingernails. Fingernails that are long can be very dangerous playing
basketball. You can scratch somebody's cornea. You should see his back. Those
marks will still be there on Monday. I saw it when it happened. It was a pretty
On Nikola Dragovic:
"Well, Nikola is
definitely doing a good job right now. He is smart in that he plays within
himself and doesn't try to do too much. He's a good passer, he's a good shooter
and he's trying to do better defensively. At times, he's matched up with Chace
(Stanback). He's going to have to hold his own on the defensive end of the
On Michael Roll wearing orthotics:
"He's got them and he's
wearing them. He had a little soreness in his knee yesterday. Sometimes, you
worry about how it changes the pitch of your foot."
On UCLA's dorm food:
"I've had it many times,
both during camp and when we have recruits on campus. Scott Duncan, who is on my
staff now, has been at about eight or nine different jobs at universities over
the last 25 or so years. He was just commenting how much better it is here than
anywhere else he's ever been."
On his overall thoughts about practice thus far:
"It's just scary that we
have to play a real game three weeks from tonight. There is a lot of work and a
lot of things to put in."