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December 1, 2009 at 7:31 PM

LA is burning; Lorenzo Romar transcript

Okay I can tell what’s on everybody’s mind: the demise of UCLA.
The Bruins lost Drew Gordon, who decided to transfer, and there’s rumors in the blogosphere that Malcolm Lee may also decide to leave.
Gordon was a starter averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23-plus minutes a game. Freshman Reeves Nelson will fill some of the gap created by Gordon’s departure.

ESPN reports Gordon’s transfer
has been in the works for weeks.
Not sure how the turmoil in UCLA will effect the recruitment of Jefferson High (Ore.) star strong>Terrence Jones.
The Lee rumor is interesting because this time of year, kids decide to transfer because it makes sense for eligibility reasons. I remember talking with ex-Husky Adrian Oliver a few weeks ago and he made comment about how advantageous it was for him to leave Washington after a handful of games. He immediately transferred to San Jose State, sat out the rest of the season and a few games the next season.


Opening statement: “We’re anxious to hit the road for the first time this year. I know our guys are excited to get ready to go play. Part of this Big 12 Pac-10 Challenge. Hardwood Classic. We’re definitely going to be playing against a worthy opponent in Texas Tech. They’re undefeated at this point and they’re playing well.”
(Will Venoy Overton start Thursday?) “Uh-huh.”
(How do you think UW will handle the environment at Texas Tech?) “Well that remains to be seen. I think we do have some players that have played in some tough environments before. We’ve got players that played in a couple of NCAA Tournament games. I would hope we do OK in that environment, but that’s one of the reasons we’re anxious to see how we are going to handle it.”
(How big is this game to establishing momentum heading into the tougher part of your non-conference schedule?) “I actually thought the Montana game was huge – the game we played Sunday night because in our mind it was the game before we hit the road and played in a such a big game as this Texas Tech game. This will be a huge game in that we’re hitting the road for the first time, but I thought the Montana game was important for us to play to get us prepared for this game opposed to the Texas Tech game getting us prepared for the others.”
(What lessons did you learn from the Montana game?) “We have to be able to play different ways and still be effective. We shot 30 percent and still were able to come back from a 12-point deficit in the second half and win. I think we can draw from that later that we were down in a tough situation when things weren’t going right and were able to pull out a victory. I think Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter getting 13 and 7 points respectively were lessons for us. If our big guns aren’t necessarily scoring a lot, we still can have a chance to win the game. Those are just all lessons for us that are going to prove to be crucial later in this season. Maybe later on in this month. Maybe Thursday.”

(Will Tyreese Breshers start again?)
“Not sure. Probably not. This year just get used to me saying I don’t know.”

(Probably not start?)
“Probably not. When you say again I got to make sure that’s Thursday meaning the next game, right? He can start after that. But probably not (on Thursday.)

(Will Darnell Gant go back into the starting lineup?)
“Don’t know. I’m sorry just get used to that one. We got a lot of different combinations we’re trying to hone in. With this team, we could literally go to the second half of conference and change starting lineups.”
(Did you learn more about different combinations on Sunday?) “I think we did. I think we were able to look at some things that were able to work well and maybe some things that didn’t work as well. When we’re in that situation again maybe we’ll have more of an idea of what kind of combinations we’ll go with.”
(What do you think about Isaiah driving into zones against Montana?) “With him, it’s so hard because he’s so successful. He’s been our leading scorer. He was the freshman of the year going to the rim and getting in the paint. Obviously, I think there are sometimes he should probably pull up. There are sometimes when he should hit guys that are on his peripheral. But at the same time, you don’t want to take a guy like Isaiah and start saying you must do it this way because you don’t want to take away his initiative. He’s he’s so good at just going in there and being fearless and drawing fouls and scoring to where you just kind of let him play. But still Isaiah watches film after every game and he sees those things.”
(What did you think of the three point guard lineup on Sunday?) “The other night it didn’t work as well in that particular situation. We put them in other situations this year where it did work well.”
(Why didn’t it work?) “We didn’t take care of the ball, surprisingly in the beginning. But that’s the only time we’ve done it this year where it wasn’t as effective. The other times, it’s been effective. We might just throw that out like a bad exam.”

(What’s your assessment of Abdul Gaddy thus far?)
“I think if Abdul Gaddy were making more of his shots, he would look sensational right now. I think the other night, if we had been making shots, he would have looked pretty good the other night. But we weren’t hitting so he didn’t get as many assists. But with the way he passes the basketball and the way our guys can finish, I think when he starts to make those open shots he’s going to look really, really good. He’s going to really, really help our team. He’s helping our team now and he’s not been hitting his shot with consistency.”

(Do you like how the schedule is shaking out?)
“People have talked to me a lot about us having a long rest period — six days. What we might do differently because this is coming up again in two weeks after Sunday we may have a scrimmage midweek. Long scrimmage, an intersquad scrimmage. Something like that as opposed to just practicing. But I’ve like the way it has worked out. I think we’ve gradually been able to get things together and work things out. Work on things we maybe weren’t good at. It’s been timely. The Montana game was very timely before we went out on the road. Because as I said, afterward in the press room, that they put us in a position where we had to really find a way to win that ballgame and our guys didn’t quit at all. And what I liked about our team we didn’t look frustrated to the point where .. .I think we were frustrated we couldn’t get out and run and we couldn’t make shots, but it didn’t cause us to start going crazy and everyone playing on their own. Sometimes you can do that. Our team kind of stayed together. They way that worked out, the timing of that game before we hit the road I thought was very good for us.”
(In what ways are Pat Knight’s teams like Bob Knight’s teams?) “They’re probably more athletic than coach Knight’s teams at Indiana, but when coach got to and was coaching at Texas Tech, I think they got more athletic there. They’re sound offensively. They are disciplined offensively. They’re going to pressure you. They’re going to bother you. They’re tenacious defensively. So there’s some similar characteristics there.”
(Did you know Bob personally?) “Yes. Pat too.”
(Did you learn the foot stomping from him? It seems like you’ve been more animated this year.) “You want to say I learned that from coach Knight? I think when I turned 51 maybe. I got …I don’t know. I don’t know what it is.”
(Anything you need to shore up based on Sunday’s game?) “Just a matter of probably doing a little better job of shot selection. Better job of spacing. If that’s what we do, I don’t see that as being a problem. One of the things, when someone wins a championship, the next thing you know a lot of high schools are running whatever they ran. They’re trying to emulate what they did. The flipside of that is, when things don’t go right there’s the formula. That’s what we’ll do and we’ll have success. I think we’ll be okay. I think we’ll be okay. Like I said, we got to share the ball. We got to have better spacing. I think we’ll be okay if we face that again.”
(What are you looking for from that 4 spot?) “Understand with our team, we could go small and neither of those guys start. Tyreese is the second-best rebounder per minute and we wanted to make sure we were doing what we wanted to do on the boards and Tyreese got the nod because of that. It wasn’t a slap in the face against Darnell at all. Tyreese has just shown he’s a pretty good rebounder, so he was in there. We want that guy to be able to play defense and rebound. I think each game may present its own challenge. In the game against Montana they zoned us quite a bit (and) we needed someone in there to be able to play in the middle of that zone. And once we got going, Quincy was probably more the answer than anyone. In other game, we may need a guy to be a defensive stopper in that game. That wouldn’t’ necessarily be Tyreese or Matthew. So each game might present its own challenge for what we need at that position.”

(Sounds like you’re also go with a four-guard lineup, if you count Pondexter as guard?)
“We could. Absolutely. If we played against a real big team, Matthew and Tyreese could be in there together. It depends on what we need for that game.”

(Will the team have to get used to the high ranking?)
“Yeah, I think so. And you’re assuming we’re going to maintain that ranking. [Laughs] I like your thinking there. But if we’re fortunate enough to continue to be successful that is something we’re going to we are going to have to get used to if that’s the case.
(What do you think about the Pac-10?) “What I continue to say is that you look at USC with I guess six scholarship guys available. Guys who were hurt or ineligible for whatever reason, I don’t think that’s going to be the case come conference time. You look at Cal, Harper Kamp, their most effective big guy, and Theo Robertson, you take those two guys away that makes it more difficult for Cal. They had guys out with the flu and they still won against Princeton. That may not necessarily be the case when conference starts. Oregon, they’ve been without guys. Everyone hasn’t had their full compliment of players so I don’t think right now we can judge the Pac-10 based on the results. I think we need to wait and be a little more patient before we make our decision.

(Do you have enough three-point shooting?)
“If we can continue to get to the foul line. If we can continue to get offensive boards, we had 20 offensive rebounds the last game. If we can continue to do those things, it can compensate for maybe not being a stellar three-point shooting team, which we’re not.”
(Can the Pac-10/Big 12 series effect NCAA tournament bids?) “I think it could certainly help. I definitely do. I don’t know if I would go so far as to say it could make or break us, but I think it could certainly help.”

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