Basketball: Howland promises to fix Bruins; Update: UCLA suspends Reeves Nelson

L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers sat down with UCLA’s Ben Howland to find out why the Bruins are 2-5 and what the coach is going to do about it.

Howland vowed to turn around the Bruins, and the tone of things suggested — to me, anyway — that troubled junior forward Reeves Nelson could be gone by the time the team plays again on Saturday against Penn at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

UPDATE: UCLA announced Tuesday morning it has indefinitely suspended Nelson for a second time this season. Something tells me this one could last longer than the first one, which ran its course in about two days. (You’ll note in the above paragraph from Monday night that I called this).



Jeff Faraudo

  • Esquire Joe

    Is this still from missing the flight to Maui, or did Nelson do something else? If it’s from that previous incident, I think people are going to have to start calling for Howland’s resignation. The way he’s handled the whole Nelson thing is just shameful.

    Or maybe it’s just a coincidence that Nelson was kept on the team for Kansas, Michigan and Texas, but is now suspended for Penn, Eastern Washington and UC Davis.

  • Uh Huh!

    Joe, that’s a ridiculous statement.
    Or, maybe you’d like to fill me on the details of how Howland has so mishandled this Reeves situation – because I am simply ignorant of the matter.

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Agreed nobody knows. You can fault Howland for recruiting a bunch of idiots, but beyond that we don’t know.