State's Howland watches NBA stars with much interest

MSU's Ben Howland
Staff Writer

Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland watched the National Basketball Association All-Star weekend with much interest.
Not only did Russell Westbrook, Howland's former player at UCLA, capture the Most Valuable Player of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, but former recruit Zach LaVine won the slam dunk contest on Saturday.
Howland never got to coach LaVine, but marveled at some of the dunks he was able to execute.
"I couldn't get over how athletic some of those dunks were," Howland said. "It was absolutely mind-boggling the guys could do that stuff. The NBA is a great thing to watch and I'm proud of all the players who have had the opportunity to play at that level."
For more of what Howland thought of Westbrook and Lavine, see the story by Starkville Daily News sports editor Danny P. Smith in Tuesday's newspaper.