LOS ANGELES -- It's a bold new world for UCLA basketball with the Bruins now officially practicing new head coach Steve Alford's system. Changes are in store, but the attitude in Westwood is that the changes are good and fit the skill sets of the team a little more so than former head coach Ben Howland's system did.
Here's an early look at the Bruins after just seven practices.
Run and (Almost) Gun
Alford is opening up the offense, spacing the floor and making the Bruins run in a motion offense. While he does still plan to use some half-court sets similar to what UCLA ran under Howland, Alford promises this will be more exciting to watch.
"Our offense is a lot about reads," Alford said. "I don't want them getting hung up on we're not a go to point A, point B system. It's giving you the freedom to play, just make the right reads."
He also plans to have the Bruins run, but some guys aren't quite ready to run full speed just yet.
Another aspect that will be new is a zone defens...