Up for a challenge... or three

Yorio, Kara
December 2005
Sporting News;12/16/2005, Vol. 229 Issue 50, p49
The article reports on basketball player Arron Afflalo. Making big shots wasn't Afflalo's primary responsibility last season, when UCLA coach Ben Howland stressed to Afflalo that playing good defense was the key to his becoming a complete player. So he worked to become the team's best defender, aided by his long 6-5, 210-pound frame and a little enthusiasm. Afflalo was the team's third-leading scorer. Afflalo is expected to be a defensive stopper again this season but is being counted on for more offense, too. Afflalo says the change will take focus and good conditioning. But if he had a choice, he'd still put defense first.


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