Tag Archives: Reeves nelson

UCLA Men’s Basketball is on a roll without Reeves Nelson. No, seriously.

Joe Bruin

Joe Bruin, letting *you* know how to win basketball games.

UCLA Men’s Basketball team has struggled mightily for most of the season. They started the season 2-5 with five of those losses coming against competition like Loyola Marymount, Middle Tennessee State, Kansas, Michigan and Texas. Only two of those schools are ranked, sadly, and they were both double-digit losses. (In fact, all five of UCLA’s losses were by double digits.)

Of course, this all came during Reeves Nelson’s rift with head honcho Ben Howland. Nelson, arguably UCLA’s best player, seemed to be a hell of a troublemaker despite his talents. The dude was dismissed not too long ago and, guess what, the Bruins are back on their winning ways.

Following a figurative castration of UCI (a game in which the Bruins covered the 16-point spread and won 89-60), the Bruins are on a four-game winning streak that began when Nelson left the team before the game against Penn.

Aside from the win against Penn, all victories have come by double-digits, including an absolutely disgusting thrashing of UC–Davis by a score of 82-39.

What does this say? It says that this team may have had a lot of chemistry issues, especially with Reeves Nelson bogging down the ability of the coaches to build rapport with their players. Now that the apparent negativity in practices and on the court are gone, Ben Howland can get back to coaching a winning basketball program.

Just in time, too. After UCLA’s home game against Richmond, the Bruins start Pac-12 conference play, starting with a strong Stanford Cardinal team that’s had just one loss all season, which was against a ranked opponent in then-#5 Syracuse (and they only lost by six).

Let’s hope this streak continues. Go Bruins!

Reeves Nelson is going to play pro ball in Lithuania

Remember Reeves Nelson? Of course you do. Y’know, the dude was a total pain in Coach Ben Howland’s ass, was suspended¬†and then was dismissed from the team forever? That guy, yeah.

Well, now he’s going to get paid to act a fool elsewhere, mainly in Lithuania.

OK. What am I supposed to say to this?

Seriously, good for Reeves. The dude has had his issues throughout his UCLA career, despite being the team’s best player. His attitude needed a hell of a lot of adjusting, sure, but he could ball.

This is considering he only played in six games this season and was often benched for entire halves probably for his poor attitude. Before this season, though, Nelson averaged 13.9 points per game while shooting at 56 percent. Nelson was efficient and talented, but most likely was complacent and had a negative attitude towards the coaching staff.

In the end, it seems as if everything worked out for both sides (so far, at least). The Bruins are now coming off their first win streak of the season (beating Penn and Eastern Washington the past week) while Nelson is going to get dolla dolla bills, y’all, down in Lithuania to play some ball.

Good haul. As a Bruin, we are hoping Reeves Nelson succeeds and fluorishes like he could have here in Westwood for Ben Howland. But as a person, we would like to wish that he straightens everything out with him.

Until then? You bleed True Blue and Gold, Reeves. We’ll be pulling for you here in West LA. Get ’em, Bruin.

 

UCLA Basketball: Bruins blow lead in second half, Texas wins 69-59

Ben Howland realizes he's actually supposed to be coaching, since a fan in the stands told him to

Damn.

After surmounting a hell of a lead over the Texas Longhorns to start — they opened up with a 15-6 lead off of 6-for-6 shooting — the Bruins managed to throw the game away in the second half, where, as soon as halftime was over, Texas unleashed hell on UCLA.

Big runs got UT the win, and our defense hasn’t looked more stagnant this season — and that’s saying something, considering we’ve been blown out a hell of a lot all season long.

The offense shouldn’t be let off the hook, though. Because despite starting hot, this team couldn’t buy a bucket late in the game — an 8-0 run from Texas sealed the deal in the waning moments of contest.

The implications? Well, we still suck. We’re 2-5 on the season — one of those wins came against a Division-II school — and the program is starting to look like it’ll take a while before any ship gets righted. Reeves Nelson is still a problem child — the dude sucked the entire first half and sat all of the second half — and our best players, well, can’t play very well.

This team lacks any form of legitimate, D-I talent, meaning we can kind of kiss this season goodbye. From the looks of it, not only is the squad lethargic, but it doesn’t play basketball correctly. It’s a messy, frustrating bunch to watch.

Regardless, UCLA plays Penn next week, a team that isn’t very good either, but one that our beloved Bruins may lose to just because they’re not that great either.

We’ve got five games till Pac-12 basketball begins. Let’s see if we can get some momentum and not miss out on March Madness, OK, Coach Howland?