Yeah, not a good sign for the NBA decision-makers.
If I were a sports reporter, I think Pops' career would make for a really intersting investigative piece.
Pops is a guy who has succeeded every time he's gotten a chance in the NBA, yet still can't seem to stick in the league. He has proven a very effective rebounder, has scored some when he's gotten minutes, and consistently brought energy at least a little defense to his teams each time they have given him an opportunity. Plus, he's been a fan favorite everywhere he's gone.
I would love to learn more about why he hasn't stuck in the NBA. I know he had the one big injury, but that doesn't fully explain it.
My theory is that he has an agent with few NBA ties (and lots of international ties) and that the agents actually control who sits on the bench of a lot of teams by packaging demanding contracts for bench players in order to establish good relationships for the agnets who control access to the stars. I don't actually know if that's true, but it's never made sense why every team has expressed such positive feelings about Pops, but hten he loses out on a roster spot to so many guys who are CLEARLY lesser players. Maybe there's no story there, but I'd should love to learn more about that side of the NBA.