LAHAINA, Hawaii Less than a week after he was suspended in part for being late to a team meeting, UCLA's Reeves Nelson missed the team bus to Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday for the Bruins' flight to Hawaii.
The junior forward took a later flight and missed a players' banquet ahead of UCLA's opener against Chaminade on Monday in the Maui Invitational.
"He understands it doesn't look good," Bruins Coach Ben Howland said Sunday.
Howland disclosed for the first time that Nelson's indefinite suspension, which lasted all of two days, was triggered in part by Nelson's being late to a team meeting Nov. 12, the day after the Bruins lost to Loyola Marymount in their opener.
"To be late to that meeting after we just got beat was really, really inappropriate," Howland said.
UCLA kept Nelson off limits from the media Sunday.
Sophomore forward Travis Wear said he had noticed a difference in Nelson since he rejoined the team after sitting out the Bruins' 20-point loss to Mid...