The Warriors have suspended Stephen Jackson for two games following his outburst on the bench in Friday’s win over the Lakers at the Forum.
Jackson picked up five fouls and tech in 9:20 seconds of action. His frustration spilled onto the bench, prompting Nellie to tell Jackson to cool off. Jackson wound up in the locker room (no word yet on if he was banished to the locker room or left on his own). Jackson did not play the second half. He was not with the team in Indian Wells.
It is kind of weird being at the Forum. This iconic place, that I used to watch so much on TV, with all its glitz and glamor and history, is a straight-up dump! It’s like running into that girl you used to have a crush on in high school, then you see her later and she’s … not the girl you remember from high school.
One rumor I’ve heard lately is that the Warriors have talked with Cleveland about acquiring Zydrunas Ilgauskas from the Cavaliers.
Monta practiced full bore today. He is probable for Friday’s game. He showed no signs of that ankle sprain that forced him out of action last night. No limping. No favoring. On one play, he got into the lane dribbling to his left and, with a defender on his hip, pulled up and nailed a floater fading to his left. Moments later, going right, he stuck a fade-away jumper from deep. Neither were plays you’d expect to see from a guy with a bad ankle.
This could be one of those seasons.
The Warriors lose Brandan Wright on a re-injury. Now, as if Murphy’s Law is kicking in, Monta Ellis gets hurt. Yes, it’s his ankle. Yes, his left ankle.
Baron, with the mini ‘fro and sweat dripping from the rugged beard beneath his mean mug, walked over to C.J. Watson and leaned in with fists balled. He faked a few body blows as C.J. curled up on the bench smiling, trying to block and dodge Baron’s air punches.
Davis wound up sitting down next to Watson and getting an update on the Warriors happenings.
I was at my college reunion in Atlanta when I heard the news about Wright. Hard not to feel bad for the guy. He was determined, and it showed. He had, by all accounts, a great off-season. He was arguably the most impressive player in camp to date. His floating hook was looking unguardable. He picked up 18 pounds over last season, according to the team’s staff, and had grown about an inch. Everybody was impressed with Brandan Wright.
Now, he may be losing more than just most of this season.