USC's eyebrow-raising postgame comments


USC forward Nikola Vucevic, the Pac-10's leading rebounder, apologized to reporters a day after a postgame comment he made on Saturday following a loss to Arizona.

According the Los Angeles Times, the Montenegro native said he didn't mean to offend anyone and that he was trying to translate a common Serbian phrase into English.

"I felt like we played like women," Vucevic said after the loss in Tucson, Ariz. "We didn't play hard at all. Every single one of us just played like women."

There were four people present to hear it, two male reporters working for California newspapers, a female reporter for an Arizona newspaper and a female sports information official for the University of Arizona.

Vucevic's mother played professional basketball in Bosnia and his girlfriend plays volleyball, so, he said, he deeply respects all women who play sports and in no way meant to offend anyone.

"Back home, when we say that, it means we didn't play hard," he said. "That's what coaches say to players. It's just a saying we have."

Also, Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill, the former head man at Arizona, had something to say regarding Wildcats forward Jamelle Horne possibly pointing toward him following a made basket.

Horne hadn't played much when O'Neill was the coach and last season noted that O'Neill didn't shake the hands of his former players in his return to the McKale Center.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, there's apparently no love lost between the two and O'Neill said he wasn't sure if he saw the gesture:

"I don't know, and it wouldn't matter to me if he did," O'Neill said.

O'Neill paused for a second, and prepared a zinger for Horne, who talked openly of professional aspirations when arriving in Tucson.

"I'm waiting for the NBA career to take off," O'Neill said.