SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD IS A UCLA BRUIN.
We know it is bad etiquette to type in all caps on nearly any occasion. Today is not nearly any occasion.
SERIOUSLY. WE HAVE WAITED FOREVER FOR SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD TO ANNOUNCE HE IS STAYING IN THE BEST COAST. HERE HE STAYED. (THANK YOU SACRAMENTO KINGS.)
OKAY. Let me gather myself. I waited two hours at Ackerman Union at UCLA, watching soccer while not doing an an ounce of studying. The crowd, a scattered, small, but passionate group, waited as I did: Face buried in hands and quiet as hell. Two minutes, read ESPN U’s timer.
And then the Chose One spoke: “I chose to become a Bruin.”
Loud cheers — not some golf clap stuff you hear at a Lakers game — erupted from the group, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. After months of waiting, it was here: Shabazz was a friggin’ Bruin.
Of course, it’s also sweet to see Calipari have his hopes of having an NBA factory, that dabbled in dirty deeds, crushed.
(No offene to our good friends at Wildcatbluenation.com)
We will get into the basketball side of this later on, as we highlight what two top-five, lengthy, All-American wings can do for us here in Westwood.
For now, let’s enjoy the fact that we are still the premier destination for All-World basketball players.