The reeling Orlando Magic will be without star point guard Steve Francis, who was suspended for 3 games on Saturday by the NBA for kicking a photographer. The incident occurred with 8:57 remaining in Friday’s 99-90 loss at Seattle, Orlando’s season-high seventh straight setback.
Francis, who leads the Magic in scoring and assists and is among the league leaders in technical fouls, is suspended without pay while the NBA investigates the incident. He will sit out Saturday night’s game at Portland.
Former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman was suspended 11 games for kicking a cameraman in 1997.
It has been a tumultuous week for the Magic. On Tuesday, forward Stacey Augmon was suspended one game by the NBA for squirting lotion on reporters after Sunday’s loss and guard DeShawn Stevenson was fined $7,500 for kicking the all into the stands after the same game.
Francis began his suspension at Portland on Saturday and will sit out Orlando’s next two games, both against the Charlotte Bobcats.