Former UCLA star Lonzo Ball stumps for Earl Watson to be Bruins’ next coach

ESPN

Lonzo Ball says the UCLA Bruins, his former school, should hire Earl Watson as the next coach of its men's basketball program.

"I know Earl personally," Ball said after the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround Wednesday morning. "I think he has coaching experience in the league. Obviously he went there, he's alumni, so I think he's a good fit."

UCLA, after a 15-point home loss to Liberty, fired Steve Alford on Monday. He coached the team for 5 1/2 seasons, leading the team to four NCAA tournaments and three Sweet 16 appearances.

Watson, 39, played at UCLA from 1997 to 2001 and then in the NBA from 2001 to 2014.

He coached the Phoenix Suns, going 33-85 in parts of three seasons on the sidelines until he was fired after an 0-3 start to the 2017-18 season.

#basketball, #college

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