If there's one thing we know after this week, the Bruin Road Show is a dramatic series.
Coach Ben Howland now faces the stiff challenge of making sure there's a heart-warming finish.
Howland dismissed Reeves Nelson from the team on Friday, setting up a new challenge for the Bruins (2-5) as the Road Show heads south to Orange County and a home game at Honda Center against visiting Pennsylvania (5-5).
There were several strong reports on this, including Beth Harris of the Associated Press and ESPN.com blogger Diamond Leung. It's hard to not see this break-up as a necessary one. Hopefully Nelson can learn from his difficulties and mature as a person and player from it.
UCLA will definitely miss his toughness and potential on the court, but Howland told reporters he also thought it could be a good opportunity for the team to overcome adversity and come together.
"Honestly, I think it will be a positive for our team, because the distraction of all this has not been a positive for our team," Howland said to media during a teleconference. "The negativity is not a positive for your team. When I suspended him the first time, the two practices we had very that were the best two practices of the year that we've had. Hopefully, this is going to be a unifying thing for our team."
Nelson's dismissal might be the main storyline for this Road Show, but its not the only one. Freshman Norman Powell suffered an allergic reaction to something he ate and was hospitalized for two days before returning to practice on Friday.