UCLA basketball has a rich tradition; there’s no denying that. The names that have worn True Blue and Gold — or if you’re an oldie, Powder Blue and Gold — read off as a who’s who of historic basketball players.
That list, of course, shouldn’t include Nikola Dragovic.
Dragovic, as you may recall, was quite a terrible basketball player and, off the court, quite the terrible person, so it seemed. In addition to taking ten shots a game in his senior year — all needless, because the dude was shooting at a 37 percent clip — he was also suspended over and over again for really ridiculous things, such as getting into fights at concerts or pushing his girlfriend. Think Reeves Nelson, but somewhat less of an a-hole.
Of course, UCLA’s Wooden Athletic Fund, another way for you to donate to UCLA Athletics, didn’t get the memo. In fact, if you donate $100 right now, you’re getting some Nikola Dragovic swag. And not a Nikola Dragovic game jersey, mind you. A Nikola Dragovic practice jersey.
Call 310-825-6303, join WAF at $100 right now and we’ll send you this Nikola Dragovic authentic practice jersey. twitter.com/WoodenFund/sta…
— Wooden Athletic Fund (@WoodenFund) May 3, 2012
Uhh, hold up a second here …
You have to wonder what WAF is thinking. We love helping out UCLA and all, but is a Nikola Dragovic, game-worn practice jersey really the incentive that UCLA is giving for you to join for a hundred smackaroos?
If anything, it’d deter fans from becoming a member. Not only is the price steep, but you get a raggedy, worn practice jersey of a player who didn’t exactly pave his way towards likability among the UCLA fan-base. And even then, Dragovic hasn’t had his name associated with UCLA in nearly two years!
We don’t know what they’re thinking here. But if you decide to get that swag because you collect UCLA practice jerseys (weirdo), let us know, send us a picture, and we’ll post it on here in the least degrading way possible.
(H/T: Boss, @GarciaJason on Twitter.)