"One and done," the growing trend of young basketball players to spend only the obligatory year in college before moving on to the NBA, is a manifestation of a much broader societal phenomenon.
Loyalty to teams, cities, employers and constituencies has become passe, a corny vestige of a time when individuals did not think and act as if they were one-person franchises. Today, amateurs and professionals of every stripe are presumptively transient, bags never unpacked, offers entertained before names have been sewn to uniforms or name plates attached to doors.
If we are honest with ourselves, we no longer root for teams; we don't really join or hire institutions whose reputations are one and the same with the people who work for them. What we do is root for and join and hire branded umbrellas beneath which flow an endless line of individuals moving on to the NBT — Next Better Thing.
Ben Howland's "solution" to the one-and-done problem [March 18] couldn't be worse: "It has got to become a congressional issue where we make a law." Just the mentality we need: If you can't convince others voluntarily to do what you want, then get the government to point a gun at their heads.
Howland should stick to basketball, where he's having enough problems.
2012-13 UCLA men's basketball season in a nutshell: Can't beat Cal Poly at home, but can beat Arizona in three different states.
NCAA basketball tournament tip: I guarantee that the USC men's basketball team will get through March Madness undefeated — sad but true.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Not buying it
Phil Anschutz claims that he wants to be more involved in AEG's sports businesses now that Tim Leiweke, his personal mouthpiece and uber-salesman, has moved on. I saw Anschutz only one time at a Kings game in the almost 20 years he has owned the team, and that was last June, when the Kings won the Stanley Cup. In all that time, I don't recall hearing him comment about his team, or much of anything else.