Talent had nothing to do with it fido.
He didn't handle his business. So he wasn't going to be rewarded at the end of that. Would have been a bad precedent to set for a young team. You establish that early what will fly and what won't and what's expected of you.
If Upshaw becomes an example then so be it.
But hes getting another chance in dleague from the Lakers...again.
So we'll see if the 3rd time is the charm.
He blew one chance in summer league when he was on verge of contract and once again in camp for different reasons. If he gets it together in dleague then he'll get another shot. Lakers are keeping a close eye on it and him. While he handles that they didn't want him taking up a roster spot.
They saw his talent and flashes..but thats not what was gonna keep him on the team. His case is a bit different.
Talent is all that matters...if he wants to harm himself, he's a grown man - see LO. We didn't facilitate LO's downfall anymore than we would be facilitating Upshaw's...
Yet, people are acting like we need to take the moral HIGH GROUND? Like we really have enough talent on this roster to turn down a potential DPOY caliber anchor?
There are a LOT of things we could do to help keep him on the straight and narrow while keeping him on the roster. I can name 5 players on this roster that don't have Upshaw's upside AND who won't contribute to much success on this team this year...
So we set an example of Upshaw? Help him turn his life around?
This is a business, not a group home. It's the NBA, not AAU. He's got the talent, even if he does the bare minimum, he's better than Sacre and more potential than Black or Kelly. Jabari Brown is a chucker and they are a dime a dozen so do we really need him? With Nick Young AND Lou Williams? We need J Brown? Not. Anthony Brown? Or even Larry Nance?
We are in prime position to take on a longterm project. The fact that we aren't means someone has lost sight of the goal and doesn't clearly see or understand where this team is right now...