Bucks’ Bogut Ejected From Summer Game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut, the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft, was ejected from a summer league game on Monday after tangling with Indiana Pacers center John Edwards.
Edwards, who was also ejected, got caught up with Bogut underneath the basket and inadvertently shoved him to the ground as he headed back up court.
Bogut bounced off the floor and went after Edwards, but the two were separated by teammates before they made any contact.
After deliberating for a few minutes, the officials decided to eject both players rather than issue technical fouls, eliciting heavy complaints from both coaching staffs.
``It was a pretty quick hook,″ Bogut said after the game. ``I needed a rest anyway.″
Edwards said the initial contact was not intentional.
``I don’t think it was merited,″ he said of the ejection.
It was a frustrating day for Bogut, who was 1-for-7 with six points and four fouls in 26 minutes when he was ejected. He was also dominated on the defensive end by Pacers center David Harrison, who scored 14 points in the first half with Bogut guarding him.
The Bucks beat the Pacers 79-72 for their first summer league win after three losses. Chris Owens had 16 points and Madison native Reece Gaines added 14 to lead Milwaukee.
Jimmie Hunter scored 17 points and Harrison 16 for Indiana.