Don’t call it a comeback.
No, seriously, don’t call it a comeback for ex-UCLA hoopster Reeves Nelson, who was cut from the Los Angeles Lakers today. From Lakers Nation:
The Lakers have announced that the team has cut ties with Ronnie Aguilar and Reeves Nelson following the team’s preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
The team announced in an official statement that they released both Aguilar and Nelson, who spent time on the roster for the first five preseason games and through training camp.
Although no one wants to root for anyone’s failure, UCLA fans have employed quite a bit of cognitive dissonance since Nelson joined the Lakers in the offseason for the summer league. Most UCLA fans tend to be Lakers fans, so in order to keep cognitive consistency, many welcomed Reeves with open arms, despite knowing what he did to UCLA’s hoops program within the span of two years.
Of course, he’s gone now, so UCLA fans — myself included — have every reason to hate him once more and see him as the destructive force that imploded the UCLA basketball program and all the chemistry they had built in that time.
We’re not sure what’s next for Reeves or if another NBA team will pick him up, but it’s safe to say his time as a Los Angeles-based baller is pretty much over.