There were many reasons why UCLA fans gathered in Newport Beach Saturday night. They came together for a party, to drink and dance, and to raise money for the Wooden Athletic Fund at the luxurious home of Barry Saywitz, a UCLA alumnus.
Tom Reineke, also an alumnus, had another reason to show up. He wanted to take pictures with former UCLA athletes and current Bruin coaches Ben Howland and Rick Neuheisel.
Reineke smiled during and after posing for a photo with Matt Barnes, the tattooed hoopster who'd much rather had been playing in the playoffs if the Lakers could've gotten there. But he was OK with pleasing UCLA fans.
"That was for my 9-year-old son," Reineke said with pride. "He's a big NBA fan. His room is filled with those Fatheads, everyone from Steve Nash to [Andre] Iguodala."
Reineke had to tell me another reason why the UCLA fans gathered in Orange County.