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Remember when KCP played with an ankle monitor?

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, now an NBA Champion, will always be known for one of the craziest situations in recent memory, playing games under probation. In terms of serving time, continuing to play games while in prison is not that bad.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Back in 2017, Laker guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played several games with an ankle monitor. This was mainly because, in March of 2017, he was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence, speeding at 70 mph in a 25 mph zone when he was still with the Pistons in Michigan.

Those charges were dropped, but KCP was still found guilty after being found to permit someone to drive under the influence, hence, the ankle monitor.

He reportedly did not comply with the Michigan court’s drug and screening order and instead filed a petition to serve his sentence in California, in a detention center that was said to be suited for wealthy offenders.


His sentence was 12-month probation, which included several alcohol and drug tests that Caldwell-Pope had missed, leading to the jail sentence of 25 days.

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KCP did his time in SoCal at the Seal Beach police department detention center while being under a work-release program that let him leave the center to participate in home games and practices.

At that time, he was not allowed to leave California, and he had to take breathalyzer tests after games and practices. Failure of that test would have extended his sentence to about three months.

Lady Luck

Fortunately for Caldwell-Pope, this didn't affect much of his business on and off the court, as he got a contract from LA in the first weeks of free agency. That's when we saw him take the court in LA wearing an ankle monitor. He was suspended in the first two games of his first year in LA, but would go on and start for the Lakers in the 25 games he was able to appear in.

Pope would average just about 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 steal, on 43-38-79 shooting splits. KCP then signed an extension with the team, a one-year $12M deal, that would make him one of the instrumental role players at the beginning of the Lakers' LeBron James Era.

His next extension was a two-year $16.6M deal, and he would go on and play an important role in the Lakers' 2020 Championship Run, averaging 13 points and 3 rebounds in the star-heavy Finals matchup, as he would net a three-year $40M extension from the team.

Now with the Nuggets after spending a season in Washington last year as he was traded by LA, KCP looks to provide that role-playing 3-and-D veteran game as they try and climb the ladder to bring the trophy to Denver. 

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