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Cal shooting guard Jorge Gutierrez was reckless, a trait that sent Haas Pavilion into a frenzy while frustrating the opposition into insanity.
Besides claiming most-irritating-player honors by this writer, the 6'3" senior out of Chihuahua, Mexico was also the Pac-12 Player of the Year. And, admittedly, it's always easier to rage on the other team's star.
But this goes deeper than that.
To opposing fans, there are several things that boiled hatred about Gutierrez.
First, he was known for taking absurd flops for offensive fouls, a ploy that seemed to work far more often in Berkeley than on the road. He was also physical for a guard, hounding targets with pressure.
And he did go over the edge on occasion.
In a loss at home to Arizona earlier this season, Gutierrez flew into the Wildcats bench while trying to save a ball from going out.
He landed on Arizona assistant Joe Pasternack, who instinctively put his arms and legs out to keep himself from taking the brunt of the blow.
But Gutierrez got into the face of the Arizona bench and insisted that Pasternack, a former Cal assistant, kicked him. Subsequent video replays showed nothing intentional.
And Golden Bears fans weren't always enamored with the guard's inability to corral his energy, either.
While the intensity was laudable, he'd sometimes become out of control. That haunted him in his underclass years, often leading to turnovers.