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January 4, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Harshman to be honored

Before tomorrow night’s game, the Huskies will conduct an official dedication of the newly-named Marv Harshman Court, the practice court formerly known as the North Court at Hec Ed.
The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a number of Harshman’s former players, co-workers, friends and others will gathering for the official dedication.
It isn’t open to the public.
The Huskies decided to name a practice court after Harshman in part because Harshman himself always said that he enjoyed practice the most of all of his coaching duties.
Current UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the honor is fitting.
“Marv had an indirect influence on me even going into coaching when I looked at how you could influence people’s lives for the better,” Romar said this week.
“I remember how coach had an influence on me without ever lecturing me about life, but just watching his life, his character, the way he handled himself. I was just like ‘wow, if I could just possess the characer he had in all situations, maybe I could influence someone like he did me.”’
Romar recalled that “I was a wild junior college player” who was always looking to make the highlight-reel type play when he arrived at UW in 1978. “Trust me, he broke me of that,” Romar said.
Romar said some people would tell him that maybe he could have been a first-round pick if he had played for a coach that would have let him run up-and-down the floor more than did Harshman.
“Maybe, but I wouldn’t have lasted (in the NBA),” Romar said. “I played five, and maybe because I learned more fundamental basketball from coach Harshman I was able to fool the NBA people a little longer than if I had just been wild in there. I wouldn’t have had any substance.”
Romar said the naming of the court is an appropriate way to make sure Harshman’s contributions at UW are never forgotten.
“It’s interesting how life is,” he said. “You go on and regardless of what you have accomplished, there comes a point where people forget. And we shouldn’t forget coach Harshman. He’s done a lot, and I think it’s great that all of this is being acknowledged and recognized in front of everyone.”

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