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NBA's longest non-drug related suspensions

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 23, 2012
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Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets (15 games): Playing against the team he now plays for, Anthony punched Knicks rookie Mardy Collins in the face at Madison Square Garden in 2006 after Collins fouled J.R. Smith by grabbing him by the neck. A brawl ensued and seven players were suspended for 47 total games.

Dennis Rodman, Chicago Bulls (11 games): After all that contact Rodman had on a basketball court, he wound up getting suspended after tripping over baseline cameraman Eugene Amos and kicking him in the groin during a 1997 game at Minnesota. Amos was hurt so seriously he had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Nate Robinson, New York Knicks and J.R. Smith, Denver Nuggets (10 games): Two more participants in the Anthony-Collins incident at MSG. Robinson and Smith had significant roles in a 10-player flare-up that eventually spilled into the stands. Anthony retreated to the other end of the court after punching Collins.

Vernon Maxwell, Houston Rockets (10 games): In 1995, Maxwell ran into the stands to punch a fan at the Rose Garden in Portland. Maxwell claimed the fan taunted him about his wife's miscarriage, an allegation the fan later denied. The mercurial Maxwell wound up being suspended for 10 games and fined $20,000.

- JOHN ROHDE


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