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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says he feels like he let teammates down

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On Friday, it was reported that Los Angeles Lakers starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had missed the team’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday due to a legal matter involving a misdemeanor charge of allowing a person to operate his vehicle while under the influence.

Caldwell-Pope will have to miss three upcoming road games in order to comply with the restriction, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. He also expressed disappointed in himself for being a distraction to his Lakers teammates and the organization.

Per Lakers beat writer Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:

“It has been very disappointing to me as well. As far as my teammates, I feel like I let them down as well, my coaches, the organization. I just have to deal with this legal situation that came with it.”

On Saturday, the team posted a statement on the situation involving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the Lakers’ team website.

“This is a legal matter, stemming from an incident that occurred last season while Kentavious was a member of another NBA team. The Los Angeles Lakers are abiding by the terms of a program for Kentavious that were established for him by a court in the state of Michigan. As such, we will have no further comment at this time.”

In 24 starts during the 2017-18 season for Los Angeles, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is has been averaging 14.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and a team-high 1.8 steals per game in 34.5 minutes of action per contest.