UCLA basketball: A tale of two friends


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UCLA Coach Ben Howland and Cal State Fullerton Coach Bob Burton, who face each other in the season opener at Pauley Pavilion on Monday night, happen to be good friends.

Burton is known for his wisecracks, always the highlight of the preseason luncheon at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, but is also a sharp basketball mind who has revitalized the Titans.


‘He’s a funny guy,’ Howland said. ‘It’s not fun playing against them.’

This respect does not extend to a hobby the pals share -- their summertime fishing trips.

‘He’s a terrible fisherman,’ Howland said.

-- David Wharton