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Lakers Sign Reeves Nelson and Greg Somogyi

Postby Doc Brown on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:26 pm

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Reeves Nelson said he plans to sign a 1-year, non-guaranteed contract worth a/b $700,000 w/ the @Lakers this week.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:33 pm

dont know who that is and training camp fodder
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby 24K GOLD on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:37 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:training camp fodder
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby karacha on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:56 pm

Oh man!!! Reeves Nelson! Yeah! We can develop this guy and he can be our Kevin Love!1!!one!







Alright... why do we need him again? Maybe Dwight can practice some highlight dunks over him in the training camp, I don't know. He plays the 4, right?
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:56 pm

From what i've seen in summer league, he was a hustle guy. He did ok there.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby therealdeal on Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:02 pm

Backup 3/4? I thought we already had Clark.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby Battle Tested20 on Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:42 pm

Please No. and if the reports are correct that it is a non-guaranteed contract then Good because that means its training camp fodder.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby last stand on Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:48 pm

rather have him on the team than morris

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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby ben_ready on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:00 pm

That's my guy right there,tough [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] nails. I'd still like Dominic mcquire tho as a lock down defender yell™
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:02 pm

Just posting some recent articles about Reeves for people who like to know a little more about him.

Ex-UCLA Star Reeves Nelson Wants To Prove To NBA He Has Changed

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By Baxter Holmes

LAS VEGAS — There's less of Reeves Nelson than before. He has shaved about 15 pounds off his 6-foot-8 hulk since December, shrunk his body fat percentage to 3% and chipped away at the arrogant pride that he says once derailed him.

He sits at the end of the Lakers' bench as a member of their Summer League team here, not playing a single second in two games through Saturday, clapping for his teammates, clinging to the edges of his childhood dream.

But that dream is less in his grip than last fall, when Nelson's career path seemed to lead directly from UCLA, where he starred, to being selected in the NBA draft's first round this June and reaping millions of guaranteed dollars.

That path eroded, starting with his dismissal from UCLA for his disruptive attitude, followed by a Sports Illustrated expose that painted him as a bully to his teammates and ending with every NBA team passing on him in the draft.

"I was comfortable and let my pride get in the way of making changes that would've allowed me to stay at UCLA," Nelson says. "That was the main lesson. With everything that happened, it was a very humbling experience."

For fringe Summer League players, the odds of earning a spot on a regular-season roster are low, but Nelson believes he can play in the NBA and he's not the person he has been portrayed as. Now, he's trying to prove both.

"Obviously, I can say everything I want until I'm blue in the face," Nelson says, "but no one is going to believe it until they see it. Actions speak louder than words, so that's what I'm trying to do."

Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person is coaching the team's Summer League squad and says Nelson is a hard worker who has given him no trouble. "He's been an exemplary, solid citizen since we've had him," Person says, adding Nelson would "get his chance soon."

His chance would have to come soon. The Lakers have three Summer League games left: Monday versus Miami, Tuesday versus San Antonio and Thursday versus the Clippers.

Person describes Nelson as a "roll-your-sleeves-up, blue-collar guy," adding he needs to improve his shooting because in the NBA, he would play the small forward position rather than power forward or center, as he played at UCLA.

J.R. Harris, Nelson's agent, says Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak "really liked him a lot" during a workout and thus he was invited to their Summer League team. Harris added few teams raised many questions about Nelson's character, and Nelson, who calls himself a lifelong Lakers fan, added their relative lack of inquiry in that area surprised him.

From what Nelson's mother, Sheila, has seen, her son's demeanor is different.

"He's super chill, very relaxed and seems very focused," she says.

Nelson filed a $10-million defamation lawsuit against Sports Illustrated in May. The lawsuit contained sworn declarations from 18 former teammates who said certain allegations against Nelson contained in the story were false.

Sports Illustrated has said it stands behind the story. Ironically, Nelson was on the cover of a regional edition of that very magazine last November when it touted UCLA, and by proxy Nelson, as one of the top teams in the U.S.

But a month after that issue came out, Nelson had been dismissed from UCLA. And shortly thereafter, he was playing overseas for BC Zalgiris, a professional team in Lithuania.

"I don't know how much more you can get from the top to the bottom than that," Nelson says.

In six games with Zalgiris, Nelson averaged 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10 minutes, according to the league website. The team released him after five weeks.

"I felt like I could better prepare for the NBA at home rather than sitting on the bench over there," Nelson says.

He says he's focused, motivated, in the best shape of his life, stronger and quicker than ever before. He admits he's made mistakes but says he has no regrets. His goal — the NBA — is the same as it was in the second grade. And even if that goal is more distant than a year ago, it's close enough that it just might be within his reach.

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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby The Rock on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:03 pm

Matt Barnes 2.0

He hustles non stop and full of energy. He'd be a solid addition
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Reeves Nelson Trying To Turn Things Around With Lakers

Postby Kobe8Fan on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:10 pm

Reeves Nelson Trying To Turn Things Around With Lakers

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By Joe McDonnell

Imagine being 20-years-old, a highly thought of college basketball star who might one day be a first round NBA draft pick. You play for UCLA, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. It also has the most famous collegiate basketball program in history, boasting an amazing eleven national championships.

Then, the next thing you know, you're being accused in all sorts of ugly incidents on and off the basketball court and your reputation is taking a major beating every single day. Finally your coach, the respected Ben Howland, has had enough of your antics and boots you off the team.

It doesn't end there, though.

Sports Illustrated publishes an expose on the decline of the Bruins' basketball fortunes, and you are portrayed as a crazed competitor who likes to beat up his own teammates, and urinate on his roommates' clothing.

Finally, you end up playing for a pro league in Lithuainia, where the temperature is below freezing most of the time you are there.

Welcome to Reeves Nelson's world. Or what used to be Reeves Nelson's world.

He's now back home, trying to put the bad months behind him, and fix a reputation that seemed beyond repair. He's getting a chance to do it with one of the greatest organizations in professional sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, playing on their Las Vegas Summer League team.

"It's really cool to be with the Lakers' organization," said the 20-year old from Modesto, Calif., "and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to prove I'm not the (bad) guy I've been portrayed to be by that article in Sports Illustrated."

Nelson is suing the magazine and the article's author, George Dohrmann, for $10 million. He maintains they lied about him and alleged incidents attributed to him in an expose of the UCLA basketball program and its coach, Howland. Nelson was accused of being excessively physical toward his teammates during numerous Bruins practices, once stomping on the chest of Tyler Trapani after the great-grandson of the legendary John Wooden made him look bad during a drill. He was also accused of urinating on the clothes of roommate Tyler Honeycutt, now a member of the Sacramento Kings, whom he allegedly told Howland about a team party that the coach later cancelled.

Trapani and Honeycutt both deny the incidents.

Said Trapani in a declaration that will be used in the lawsuit: "I am aware than in the article written by Dohrmann, he refers to an incident during a team practice where I took a charge from Nelson. I did take a charge from Nelson during what we call a '3 on 2, 2 on 1' drill. Contrary to what was written in the Sports Illustrated article, Nelson did not go out of his way to step on me. Moreover, I do not believe he in any way tried to harm me during this or any drill."

Honeycutt was equally adamant that Nelson did nothing wrong.

"Contrary to the story told in Dohrmann's and SI's article, Nelson did not pile my clothes onto my bed on New Year's Eve, and he certainly did not urinate on my clothes ... On the contrary, Nelson played a minor college prank on me, throwing some Jolly Rancher candy and baby powder on my bed and flipping over the mattress when I left our dorm room."

The complaint goes on to say that 16 other former teammates filed declarations with the court saying Nelson wasn't a bully and that many of the incidents alleged by SI were not true or misrepresentations.

"That was very encouraging, my teammates sticking up for me," Nelson said in a phone interview from Las Vegas, where the NBA Summer League is being played. "It made me feel better about things, because honestly, (the article) put me in a bad state of mind.

"I wouldn't say I was depressed, but it was hard to stay up when everybody was thinking I was a bad person. I'm not a bad person. But I went from being on the cover of Sports Illustrated to a story written that had some people hating my guts. Then I got kicked off the team. All of that happening in such a short period of time was tough to deal with.

"But it also motivated me to prove to people that I wasn't anything like the guy who was written about."

He won't deny, though, that he did have his problems at UCLA.

"Definitely, and I brought a lot of it on myself," he said. "I think I was a little too comfortable, and I didn't do all the things I needed to do on the floor and sometimes off it."

Was Howland justified in kicking him off the team?

Nelson said he definitely was.

"One hundred percent, yes," Nelson said. "I was young and immature in some ways, and I didn't make the changes coach Howland said I needed to make if I wanted to stay on the team.

"The problems I had were on the court, not the stuff that was written about, and I paid the price."

He also ended up in Lithuania, where he gained a new appreciation for the game of basketball.

"I learned how serious you have to be when basketball is your job, the way you make your living," said the 6-foot-8 forward. "Even in college, you're still a student and basketball isn't your number one focus at all times. But when your competing for a job with someone who is as good or better than you, you learn to understand the importance of having the proper respect for the game. I got a lot of great experience over there."

When Nelson came back to the US, he immediately showed that he hadn't forgotten what he learned.

"I've got a new body since I left UCLA," he said proudly. "I spend five to six hours a day working on my game and my conditioning, and my body fat is down to three percent. At UCLA, I usually weighed between 235-240 pounds; now I'm between 226-228 and I'm in the best shape of my life."

Nelson feels he'd be a good fit for a bench the Lakers are looking to retool.

"As a player, I'm a "glue guy" who dives for loose balls and takes charges and things like that," Nelson said. "I can come in to a game and have an impact without shooting the ball by rebounding and playing defense. I think I have a pretty high basketball IQ, and I really hope I get to show the Lakers what I can do."

In Thursday night's 75-69 win over the Clippers, Nelson started and grabbed a game-high eleven rebounds to go along with seven points. He also had the game's highest plus-minus number at sixteen.

Laker assistant coach Chuck Person coaches their summer team, and told the LA Times that Nelson was "an exemplary, solid citizen since we've had him."

Even so, Reeves knows he has to show who he really is—on and off the court—if he's to make his dream of playing in the NBA a reality.

"I can tell everybody I'm a good guy," he says matter-of-factly, "and as I said, I believe I am. But I can talk forever and it means nothing if I don't back it up with my actions. Same on the court. I have to go out there and show I belong with the Lakers."


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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby XXIV on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:30 pm

Hopefully it is non-guaranteed, I don't see where he'd fit in exactly.
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Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:40 pm

I believe this is a middle ground to those who want Martin or Barnes around. We'll have our horrible tattoos quota with this guy :man9:
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Postby jimbo327 on Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:20 pm

He can't exactly bully anyone now that he's playing with grown men.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby ben_ready on Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:36 pm

If his teammates say he cool I ride with them instead of that wack as writer yell™
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby strategos on Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:57 pm

ben_ready wrote:If his teammates say he cool I ride with them instead of that wack as writer yell™


OK sorry for the off-topic but wha t does the bolded part mean? I have seen it like a houndret times lately...

As regards Nelson - haven't seen him play, but I don't see why we shouldn't give him a chance. I would prefer to give it to a young and as it seems talented hustle guy (hopefully his attitude proves OK as well) than an aging Barnes. We do need young blood on this team...
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby Chopper on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:13 pm

when the dog days of Jan and Feb come around and some players are just dragging their [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.], this guy could be helpful energy off the bench.

After reading his story, i can pretty much say, he will give it his all 100% no matter what just to stay in the NBA. That kind of hunger can be addictive to an old team. He deserves some summer league time to see what he can do.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby Frank Dux on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:15 pm

Hell no.

I'm a UCLA fan, and this guy is a disgrace. He has zero chance of making the roster as we already have Pau Gasol, Jamison, Hill, and Earl Clark already signed. With that said, I don't even want him practicing with the team as he has a history of cheap shotting teammates during practice.

To say he was underwhelming in Europe is an understatement. Reeves developed the reputation of playing half assed lazy basketball. Over seven games he averaged 2.5 points, 3.3 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. This guy was a flop during his stint with Zalgiris, so what makes this guy Lakers material?

And don't even get me started on the fights he started between teammates, and accusations of drug use. No wonder Honeycutt, and Lee bolted early.
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Postby lakersStan24 on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:44 pm

Kobe8Fan wrote:From what i've seen in summer league, he was a hustle guy. He did ok there.

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Postby pound4pound1 on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:48 pm

perhaps the kid has grown up finally...dont really know how he fits in but, if Mitch gave the ok, then i guess its cool
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby Weezy on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:50 pm

I'm a UCLA fan as well, and personally I'd say he's not even worth a camp fodder signing, he's even a waste of that.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby LakerFanIam on Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:22 pm

This is my favorite quote from him about his stint in the Summer League....

"I didn't get to play very much in the first three games, and after the fact they told me that it was testing my sportsmanship,"

Basically, yeah... they're testing your ability to keep the bench warm & keep your mouth shut...

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Postby khmrP on Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:32 pm

always heard stories bout this guy when he got kicked off the UCLA team and all the bad things teammates had to say about him, didn't realize who he was during summer league till now.
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Re: Lakers Plan On Signing Reeves Nelson?

Postby Ras Algethi on Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:43 pm

As others have said, training camp fodder. We get these signings every year before training camp. They're non-guaranteed contracts for a reason.
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