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UCLA Basketball: Reeves Nelson Dismissed by Ben Howland

UCLA's Reeves Nelson has been officially dismissed from the team by Ben Howland.
UCLA's Reeves Nelson has been officially dismissed from the team by Ben Howland.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Robert PaceContributor IIIDecember 9, 2011

LOS ANGELES--Reeves Nelson has officially been dismissed from the UCLA basketball team, according to the LA Times

Ben Howland made the announcement public on Friday amid Reeves Nelson being suspended indefinitely for the second time this year. 

"After much thought and deliberation, I have made the decision to dismiss Reeves Nelson from the UCLA men's basketball team effective immediately," Howland said in a statement.

Nelson's dismal comes shortly after he was seen laughing and interacting with fans that were chanting for him to be put in the game during UCLA's most recent loss against Texas. 

Howland indefinitely suspended Nelson on Tuesday after Howland felt that last year's leading scorer was "falling back into the same habits."

"It's definitely a distraction and we don’t need any distractions," Howland said earlier this week. "It’s tough enough to come together without being distracted. It’s a tough situation with them (the team) because many of them are close friends with Reeves off the floor."

UCLA has a game Saturday against Pennsylvania at the Honda Center. 

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