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January 17, 2011

NBA suspends Thomas

Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas has been suspended by the NBA for today's game in Philadelphia, in response to the elbow Thomas threw at New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor Saturday.

Thomas was suspended without pay for one game by NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson. Thomas' elbow made contact with Okafor's face with 2 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in a close game in Charlotte. Referees assessed a flagrant foul, penalty two (the harsher of the two penalties) and ejected Thomas from the game.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Permalink


When are we trading Wallace and Jackson for picks? That's the only hope for this franchise. Without a true superstar, we will NEVER be legitimate. No one wants to come here via free agency, so we gotta get that star in the draft. The only way to get picks is to deal players teams want (a la Jackson Wallace and Diaw if possible). Please Michael, be honest with yourself and do the right thing. Being a 7 or 8 seed and losing every year is a waste of time. Trade player for picks and hope to God you get lucky in the draft. Side note - Colorado's Alec Burks is the next Brandon Roy (minus the injuries) and Jordan Williams is the next Carlos Boozer (minus the injuries).

Posted by: I love Lance Bass | Jan 17, 2011 12:23:00 PM

A harsh judgement by the NBA. Thomas stopped his movement as soon as he felt contact. Okafor immediately accepted an apology and went on playing. Nothing malicious in the action

Posted by: Mark | Jan 17, 2011 12:25:16 PM

The only trades this team will make is players and picks for cap space, the idea that its about anything other than increased profitability is laughable.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Jan 17, 2011 12:39:32 PM

I don't think the league thought what he did was malicious. Rather, foolish and dangerous. And I have to say the Bobcats aren't at all surprised by the suspension -- they expected it, and they hope it's a learning experience for a kid who needs to better control himself.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 17, 2011 12:48:32 PM

Why trade for cap space when no free agent wants to come to Charlotte? Cap space is a moot point when you can't sign anyone. Picks are our only hope at landing a star...trade, trade, and trade...

Posted by: I love Lance Bass | Jan 17, 2011 6:17:53 PM

2 things that may happen in the near future for the Cats: I hope Paul sticks around for the job but w.out a major trade this team is doomed.
I see MJ hiring Pat Ewing for a coaching job.
I also see MJ trading GW for a offensive player before the deadline or end of a lost season.

It does look this way.

Posted by: tbird | Jan 17, 2011 6:56:00 PM

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