Mike Budenholzer was hot. He felt LeBron James pushed off on Kent Bazemore to create space and the offensive foul wasn’t called. He ran with Brian Forte down the floor, barking at him.
Then he touched the referee. That got him a technical.
Saturday, the league announced that Budenholzer was suspended one game as well for the incident. He will sit Sunday when the Hawks take on the Pacers.
Budenholzer bumped a referee last season as well but was not suspended — he was ejected and got a $25,000 fine from the league. That angered the referees union. After that, there was no way Budenholzer was getting the benefit of the doubt.
“I fully understand and respect the decision of the NBA,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “I plan to reach out to Brian as soon as possible and intend to apologize for the contact that I made during last night’s game. The referees have the most difficult job on the court and do an outstanding job of managing the needs of the game, players and coaches. I accept the suspension, will learn from it and look forward to moving beyond this.”
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.