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Thunder’s Thabeet suspended one game for head butt of Greg Stiemsma

Oct 21, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

Hasheem Thabeet AP

Last time I checked the NBA rulebook, head butting an opposing player was still illegal.

Which is why Oklahoma City center Hasheem Thabeet got in trouble with the league — he has been suspended the first game of the regular season for head butting New Orleans center Greg Stiemsma.

The incident happened 26 seconds before halftime. Jrue Holiday had the ball in the right wing and makes a skip pass across the court level with the free throw line to Eric Gordon on the weak side. That is Thabeet’s rotation to get out on the shooter but Stiemsma sets a little pick, and as Thabeet runs into him his hands get up near Stiemsma’s face, and Stiemsma takes exception and pushes Thabeet.

Thabeet’s response is to go back at him, arms down, and head butt him.

It was the right call by the league, which can’t allow this kind of escalation of incidents.

So when the Thunder open the season in Utah Oct. 30 Thabeet will be hanging out at the hotel not getting paid.

  1. grapenutz08 - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    With Thabeet being suspended, that just gives Adams another opportunity to prove he belongs in the rotation and the back-up center.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Didn’t look like a headbutt to me. Not like a Dennis Rodman headbutt. It’s more like he’s just jawing face to face.

  3. connorchew - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I wouldn’t be so fast to be critical of something like this. Player safety is obviously the number one goal, but theres something to be said about having players on the bench who will come in and play some old school, gritty, in your face, (possible dirty) minutes for a ball club.

    • bougin89 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Your thinking of somebody like Tyler Hansbrough. Thabeet is not that guy.

  4. edwardemanuelson - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    This guy is completely useless. He’s the horrible combo of both untalented and stupid.

  5. louhudson23 - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    “The boy is a genius…book the numbers,don’t need pencil or paper….”

  6. letangusespertplus - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    get on the steven adams hype train everybody.

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