You can argue that veteran Carl Landry was doing the right thing, stepping in to stop two guys squaring off, but that doesn’t matter. Leave the bench during an incident on the court and you get suspended. Ask Amar’e Stoudemire about it.
Landry did just that Sunday, came off the bench to step between a potential “fight” (come on, it’s the NBA, there are no real fights), and now the league has spoken. Sacramento’s Landry has been suspended one game without pay and will sit out Tuesday when the Kings face the Timberwolves.
The incident happened with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, Landry was celebrating a bucket and had stepped onto the court a little as players do. The Kings’ Derrick Williams had become tied up with Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Williams pushed Gobert then they bumped chests. Landry was nearby and stepped in to separate them.
That’s going to cost him a game, good intentions or no.
In the past four games, Landry had averaged about 15 minutes and 7 points a game for the Kings off the bench.