Press Conference - 11/1/99 - Pre-Red-Blue Game
"We are going to have Luke Recker on the Blue Team. I think that you can expect to see him in a cameo experience, so that he can get on the floor and the fans get the chance to see him. They (the medical staff) has not let him do much full-court with the team. Unless there are some changes between now and tomorrow night, I don't think that he is going to play all that much.
"Lamont (Frazier) is going to fill in at the point on both teams. Michael Schwertley will play on either team, as well, at the wing spot. That should give us the right balance and gives us a chance to give some rest time to the players. Lamont can go at the point or the two-guard. The teams should be pretty competitive.
"Saturday the guys were pretty tired, but I think that can be expected since it was their 15th practice in 15 days. They had one day off, but we went twice on the first day. At this point, the team chemistry appears to be good, as we expected it to be. Gene (Edgerson) has been able to work out with us just about everyday except for Wednesdays. Last week he missed a couple of days because of flu-like symptoms. Other than that, he has done a good job of coming out and helping the other guys. Luke Recker has also worked out with us, but mostly in the half-court set.
"The competition between Richard (Jefferson) and Ricky (Anderson). The same thing is true with Ruben Douglas and Gil (Arenas). Luke Walton has been playing very well. He can fill in at either spot. Robertas has continued to make a lot of progress, too. Because he did not play last year, I think that he is as anxious as Loren to get out and play in a game-like situation.
"Fans are going to be anxious to see the team, but this is also a very valuable game for us. It is good to get them into a game-like situation. You can scrimmage on Saturdays, but it is not the same as being under the lights and in an evening game situation. We are going to have regular Pac-10 referees, and this will give some of the younger guys a chance to get the butterflies out.
"I am a little concerned about getting our guys inside in foul trouble. We had Pac-10 refs in on Saturday to discuss the new rule changes and the emphasis on some of the rules. We did not pull the guys from the scrimmage who were in foul trouble, but we will make that decision about fouls tomorrow night."