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Tony Parker’s homesick tweets say more about UCLA than about Parker

Dec 27, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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There may be nothing less surprising in college basketball right now than finding out that a player on the UCLA roster is not enjoying his time in Westwood.

Over the last couple of years, you wouldn’t be alone if you wondered whether the talent that has left Ben Howland’s program could beat the players that are still on his roster. Drew Gordon, Mike Moser, Chace Stanback, Matt Carlino, Tyler Lamb, Josh Smith, Reeves Nelson. If only Kendell Williams had actually enrolled, that team could probably have won the Pac-12 last season.

There always seems to be something going on with the Bruins, and the latest concern seems to be a couple of cryptic that were sent out by freshman center Tony Parker this week:

Now, this is nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to freshmen that aren’t playing a lot of minutes during the holidays. If you were a college athlete and your season wasn’t going anywhere near as well as you had hoped and you were forced to spend Christmas on the opposite coast away from your family, I’m sure you would probably be down.

But since UCLA is dealing with those transfer issues, those tweets became a story that had to be reported. Jeff Eisenberg did the leg work:

Reached by phone Thursday afternoon, Miller Grove High School coach Sherman White acknowledged Parker is “not happy about not playing” but described that as a healthy response and insisted the freshman doesn’t intend to transfer. Ben Howland said on a teleconference with reporters Wednesday afternoon that Parker has asked for more playing time, but the UCLA coach told him only to “keep working hard” and “keep competing.”

“He’s just behind the guys that are playing ahead of him right now, which are the two Wear twins and Kyle Anderson who’s playing more and more minutes at the four,” Howland said. “But he’s going to play in every game, and he’s actually had two good practices in a row.”

This is when you know things are getting bad for UCLA. A kid tweets about being homesick on Christmas and the interwebs have to track down whether or not that means he’s really considering transferring.

I doubt that’s a position a college coach wants to find themselves in.

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  1. onelildude - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    It’s time to fire Howland. He still living off of those 3 final fours. Players just keep leaving and the program is a mess

  2. dalucks - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I do not feel sorry for Tony Parker. He decided to leave Atlanta for Los Angeles when the UCLA roster already had Josh Smith and the Wear twins playing at the 4/5 spot so his playing time was going to be limited. Some might say Parker is a better player than Smith or the Wear twins but Howland made promises to them just like he did to Parker.
    If Parker really wanted to play alot of minutes, he should have went to Georgia and if that is too far from home then he could have stayed in Atlanta and played at Georgia Tech.
    The media needs to stop supporting immature acts by spoiled brats. Parker is as much to blame for this as UCLA.

  3. brotherlove2012 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Where is the “like” button when you need it …

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