Robert Horry, Kira Lewis Jr. excited about Alabama basketball's future after Sweet 16 loss

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News
New Orleans Pelicans guard Kira Lewis Jr. (13) against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)

Robert Horry and Kira Lewis Jr. are two of the best players to ever play for the Alabama men's basketball program. 

Both expressed excitement about the direction of the Alabama program after Sunday night's 88-78 loss to UCLA in overtime of the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. 

"Proud of those boys and everybody in the program no matter what happened tonight," Lewis said in a tweet. "This year was fun to watch every step of the way!! Alabama basketball is in good hands for years to come !!" 

Lewis is currently a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in his rookie NBA season. He played for Alabama during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

Horry played for Alabama from 1988-92 before an NBA career from 1992-2008. 

After Sunday's loss, Horry said in a tweet, "@AlabamaMBB what a great season!! It is not how any of you or any tide fans wanted it to end. With that said THANK YOU & welcome back to being a top bball program #rolltide" 

No. 2 seed Alabama ended its season 26-7 overall. This team also won the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles.  

No. 11-seeded UCLA improved to 21-9 overall. It advanced to face Michigan in the Elite Eight on Tuesday.

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After Sunday, UCLA leads the all-time series 4-2 vs. Alabama. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik