Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been suspended one game for an incident involving him and Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert.
On Oct. 9, the NBA announced that Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been handed a one game suspension, without pay, for slapping Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert in the head.
As Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, mentioned, the suspension will begin on the first game of the 2015-2016 regular season.
The incident began with Hibbert playing tough, physical defense on Booker, which Booker didn’t take too kindly to.
The video shows that Hibbert was visually upset at first, then his anger turned into a sort of devilish grin. It wouldn’t be a jump to a conclusion to think that if the referee or any players weren’t around, the NBA would have had a fist fight on their hands.
Booker has played his last four seasons with the Washington Wizards, this begin his first with the Jazz. Hibbert is new to his team as well, as he was traded to the Lakers from the Pacers in the off-season. Both players are hoping to revitalize their careers on their new teams, though it looks as though Booker will have to wait a game to begin that process.
Booker has averaged 6.6 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game over 20.2 minutes per game in his career. It seems as though he will continue his ‘off the bench’ role with the Jazz front court currently occupied by Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors.