J.R. Reid of the New York Knicks was suspended for two games without pay and fined $10,000 by the NBA on Monday for elbowing A.C. Green and knocking out two teeth.
The fine and suspension, stemming from Sunday's game in Phoenix, were the stiffest penalty in NBA history for a flagrant elbow.Reid missed Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers and is to sit out Wednesday night's game at Sacramento. He remained at the team's hotel for Monday's game.
"I'm sorry that it happened, but sometimes these things happen during the heat of a game," Reid said in a statement read by a Knicks spokesman in Inglewood, Calif.
"I am really upset right now and I'm most upset since we're so shorthanded. I've let my teammates down. I'm looking forward to returning to the team and making a contribution in any way that I can."
Although he lost two teeth, Green, wearing a mask, played Monday night against the Utah Jazz to extend his league-leading streak of consecutive games to 785.
The streak dates to 1986, tops among active players and third all-time behind Randy Smith (906) and John Kerr (844).
X-rays showed no fracture of Green's jaw, but the sockets that held his lost teeth in place were cracked by the blow, lengthening the period before they can be replaced.