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Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 2:06 pm

By Gary Parrish

Reeves Nelson was dismissed from the UCLA basketball team on Friday, a source told

An official announcement is expected soon.

Nelson was UCLA's best player, but he's been a problem throughout his career because of his inability to be a decent teammate. The 6-foot-8 forward was suspended Tuesday for the second time this season after being benched during last weekend's loss to Texas. Coach Ben Howland had previously given Nelson countless opportunities to correct his attitude but nothing ever changed. Consequently, the junior who received All-American consideration in the preseason is now off the team and free to transfer into another program that might be willing to take a troubled-but-gifted prospect.

Nelson averaged 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game last season.

He was averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game this season.

UCLA is 2-5 with its lone wins coming aganst Chaminade and Pepperdine.

The Bruins play Penn on Saturday.


Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:25 pm

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

What's wrong with you folks?????? Reeves has the kind of fire that this team needed. He gets along with his teammates quite closely. You notice that when they interview teammates they very carefully use the Maranda pov to stay safe...or esle they get on Howland's 'shtlist'. Howland style of play is his...He makes the game slowly painful and dull...cancerous. Enoughs enough....he don't bring in large crowds 'cause dare ain't much excitement at his type of game....painful to watch good athletes play his style of patty cake. Reeves, good luck you u. Go to another school. Keep playin with fire that makes it enjoyable, bring the house down with your mates. With that style you can sell tickets and the Pros will love ya. Smile...'you is good'! Thanks for 'buckin up'

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:52 am

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

What is all that crap on his left arm? I'll never understand why people do this to themselves............I realize it's very popular among todays youth, but in my opinion it simply looks trashy. If I were the coach, I wouldn't even recruit someone who looks like this, as it tends to reflect poorly on the school.

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:25 am

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

Oh let's not worry too much for Reeves.  Some moron program will think he can be "rehabililtated"  and he will be able to continue his punk ways somewhere.  Since this punk doesn't know he is a punk, why would you expect him to change?

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:41 am

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

Guess he "doesn't play well with others" or at least with Howland and what he wanted from him. How hard is it to grow up Reeves? 98% of student athletes playing college sports have. Sad that you couldn't. Maybe someday you'll see the light..... before it goes out on you.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:58 pm

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

I said it after the suspension, I'll say it after the dismissal...goodbye funny man.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:05 pm

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

Coach did the right thing. I'm surprised he put up with him for this long. No respect for his team or the coach. 

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:22 pm

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

It sure looks like the ingrate Ben Howland has used up all the goodwill he earned in his 1st 3 years in Westwood. It's highly unlikely Coach Ben will enjoy the unveiling of the new Pauley after a dismal 6-win season in the PAC-12 this year. That just doesn't cut it @ UCLA.

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:53 pm

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

Hey's some keast have the common decency like so many before you to wait to become a tatooed punk until you have actually done something good enough to be a punk about. Good bye and good riddance. Looking forward to seeing you get punked by the Bruins on some meaningless team in your bleak future.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:05 pm

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

I don't care about tattoos players have either in the pros or at the colliegent level.  While I don't have any tattoos, tats are a personal choice an individual makes and I could care less as long as its not racist or in any way derogatory to any individual, race or religion. I love the statement that UCLA made by dismissing Reeves Nelson!  It's been clear that he is not a team player and does not understand "team concept" at all.  He has problems on the court and with his coach making it clear he does not have a good understanding of what it means to be on a team.  Gary Parrish does not make any reference about Nelson's off court behavior but it would be hard to think there isn't any. Looking at his numbers it doesn't look like the 2-5 Bruins will miss him.  The real deal here is the Bruins made a statement to all players or potential players that behavior like Nelson's will not be tolerated at all and team comes first!  Having said that I still can not wonder what would have happened if Nelson's numbers were up there with college basketball's top players.  Would UCLA have still dismissed him from the team?  I would like to say yes because UCLA is considered by most experts to be a top notch Educational Institute and a school that places education above sports.  They also have a storied basketball tradition that is legendary! Not to say that the program is 100% perfect, no program is these days but they are trying!

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:13 pm

Source: UCLA dismisses Reeves Nelson

Me thinks Nelson had a clash with the coaches style.  Would like to see the kid learn from this and end up at SDSU where
Steve Fisher would get his game back on track.  Fisher continues to get great results with less.  Transfers are a good thing
for the Aztecs.  This is a rebuilding year for the Aztecs and there are better then most of the teams in the Pac 12, with Stanford being about equal.  You won't want to play SDSU next year because they will be loaded.  Would love to see the Pac 12 invite the Aztecs for Men's Basketball only.  They would be in the top 4 every year in the division.

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