What is it about Rockets centers and pushing D-League officials?
The NBA Development League today announced that Chinanu Onuaku, a Houston Rockets center on assignment with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, has been suspended two games without pay for pushing a game official.
The incident occurred during an altercation in the final seconds of the Vipers’ 122-96 loss to Raptors 905 in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA D-League Finals on Thursday, April 27 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
Recalled to Houston after the conclusion of the NBA D-League season, Onuaku will be ineligible to be active for the Rockets during the first and second games of the team’s Western Conference Semifinals series against the San Antonio Spurs.
The D-League’s video of the game cuts out multiple times, but the clip above at least indicates the testiness. I believe that’s Onuaku straddling the sideline with a towel over his head as the players on the court and referees run in transition.