First-year USC coach Andy Enfield was quoted earlier this week telling his players during a practice that if they wanted to play slow, they should 'go to UCLA.'
So naturally the first question posed to first-year UCLA coach Steve Alford at Pac-12 media day Thursday sought his response.
Alford, who brought sophomore guard Kyle Anderson with him to meet the press, managed to have at least a little fun with his response.
"We've already labeled Kyle," Alford said. "I mean, your nickname is Slow-Mo. It's not like all of a sudden his nickname is going to change, but you'd be hardpressed to find a better player in our league than Kyle Anderson."
But Alford didn't stop there. He proceeded to defend his style of play, which might be an indication that Enfield's comment got under his skin just a little more than he was willing to admit.
"We know what our style is," Alford said. "We're going to be up-tempo. We're going to be fast-paced. Kyle would tell you how we play. If you look at the numbers my six years at New Mexico, those numbers will emulate that.
"Our worst offensive year was last year and yet we still won 29 games. It was the worst shooting year we had had in six years and yet our offensive efficiency would be ranked higher than a lot of the places you might want to dive into and look at."