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Ben Howland loving life away from game

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10:36 AM ET 12.21 | There is life after basketball, and Ben Howland has found it. There were the two weeks of fly-fishing in Montana and Wyoming this summer, with some spectacular success, unless you were a rainbow, cutthroat, brook or brown. "Oh, man," Howland says. "I never had time for that before. I'll send you some pictures." And he does. There has been the kind of family time that a UCLA basketball coach just doesn't get. This year's Christmas card shows family among the swaying palm trees of Maui, with grandson Little Ben stealing the photo. Then there have been nice bike rides in the paradise known as Santa Barbara, where he now lives. Unfortunately, even paradise has its cloudy moments. "My right arm is in a cast," Howland says. "I was riding my bike about three weeks ago and a lady stepped out in front of me, never even saw me, and I went down on my right shoulder. Broke my arm. Never broke a bone before in my life."

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December 21, 2013  12:29 PM ET

I'm sure he's loving it. Bribing AAU coaches and paying players is illegal and it takes a mental toll.

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