The NBA Could Field a Good "All-Suspended Team" on Opening NightDenver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for the first three games of the season due to the cliched "conduct detrimental to the team" (the Denver Post reports that Smith "has been issued a summons to appear in court to answer to allegations of destruction of private property, disturbing the peace and assault in an incident at DC-10 lounge at 940 Lincoln on Oct. 13.".) Last year, the NBA suspended Smith for 10 games due to his role in the fight between the New York Knicks and the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. You could form a pretty decent squad with the five players who will be serving suspensions on opening night: in addition to Smith, Ron Artest (out for seven games as a result of his no contest plea for inflicting injury on a spouse), Stephen Jackson (out for seven games as a result of his infamous shooting incident at a strip club), Josh Howard (out for two games as a result of his altercation with Brad Miller during a recent preseason game) and James Posey (out for one game as a result of his no contest plea for reckless driving) will all miss at least the first game of the season. That team would have to play small ball--or perhaps it could pick up Keon Clark.
It is probably just a coincidence that all of these guys have been suspended at the same time--each for unrelated and dissimilar situations--but I cannot recall another NBA season that began with this many guys serving suspensions at the same time, let alone players of this caliber.
posted by David Friedman @ 4:04 PM