Bob Cousy

With more depth, UCLA men's basketball team is ready to push the pace and have fun

With more depth, UCLA men's basketball team is ready to push the pace and have fun

Isaac Hamilton, poised to start his fourth and final season at UCLA, has freely dispensed advice to his team’s highly touted freshmen.

Do what you did in high school, Hamilton has told them. Play your game. Read and react to what you see on the court. Have fun.

There are some limitations, of course.

“We don’t have Lonzo shooting half-court shots,” Bruins Coach Steve Alford said with a smile Friday at Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball media day, referring to prized freshman point guard Lonzo Ball.

If there’s an early description of UCLA’s style this season, it might be run and fun. The Bruins, ranked No. 20 in the preseason...

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