Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Lakers flew back to Los Angeles Thursday from Phoenix after being involved in an altercation with a tourist who was videotaping the Laker center at a Phoenix shopping center.

Abdul-Jabbar will miss Friday night's game against the Suns. The incident began when Fernando Nicola, 40, of Frosinone, Italy, refused a request from Abdul-Jabbar to stop videotaping him while he was shopping at the Metro Center, a complex near the team's hotel.

Abdul-Jabbar allegedly pushed the camera into Nicola, who reported the incident to police but declined to file charges.