Huskies Missing Brockman … a Lot

The Washington Huskies knew they’d have a hard time replacing Jon Brockman. The pride of Snohomish brought it every game — heck, every practice — and the current team wasn’t doing that until last week’s impressive sweep of Stanford and Cal. 
For the most part, you can’t fault the Huskies’ effort in Thursday’s 62-61 loss at UCLA, but it’s becoming clear that the team doesn’t have anyone they can count on inside. The “bigs” were MIA again in the loss to the Bruins.
These Huskies are a puzzling bunch. Remember, these sub.-500 Bruins are not the powerhouse Bruins we’ve come used to watching. And they weren’t even at full strength, yet they beat the Huskies, who are still looking for a road win.
Speaking of Brockman, did you seethe rookie’s line the other day in Sacramento’s 105-103 loss to the Chicago Bulls? 30 minutes, 0 points on 0-1 FG shooting and 14 rebounds, 7 of them offensive boards.
In Sacramento’s next game, the bullish Brockman made his second start of the season at center in place of former Husky and good buddy Spencer Hawes. Brockman had six points, three rebounds and four fouls in 23 minutes in a loss against Atlanta. He didn’t make it to the end of the game. In typical Brockman fashion, he struck his head on a camera while tumbling out of bounds and he had to be treated for a cut over his left eye.
Brockman was inserted into the lineup to give the Kings some toughness.
Here’s what the Sacramento Bee had to say about Brockman:
The 6-foot-7 Brockman played 20 of his 30 minutes in the second half against Charlotte. He grabbed 10 of his career-high 14 rebounds while overseeing a major upgrade in frontcourt defense. After tallying 38 points in the paint before the break, the Bobcats had 16 points there in the second half.
The Kings won the other game in which Brockman started (102-100 over Denver on Jan. 9). The rookie from Washington said he is looking forward to setting a tough-guy tone at the start.
“If we’re the ones back on our heels from the start, it’s going to take a lot more for us to rear in and start pushing them back,” Brockman said. “(Huskies coach Lorenzo) Romar always talked about the first punch … If you come out and you’re the more physical team, the refs are going to let you play a little more physical and it’s just going to be a lot easier throughout the night.”

This is what Romar said after Thursday’s loss to UCLA:

“I think overall, we have to grow up, regroup and mature as a group.”

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