Sunday , Mar , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando’s Francis suspended

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Orlando Magic point guard Steve Francis was
suspended indefinitely Saturday by the NBA for kicking a photographer during
Friday’s 98-90 loss at Seattle.

NBA Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson stated that the
length of the suspension will be determined following further investigation.

Without Francis in the lineup, Orlando defeated Portland 97-92 on Saturday,
halting a seven-game losing streak.

Francis is averaging 21.4 points, 6.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds in 65 games for
the Magic this season.

Originally selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the first round (second pick
overall) of the 1999 draft out of Maryland, Francis played his first five
seasons with Houston after his draft rights were traded to the Rockets in a
three-team deal. The Magic acquired Francis along with Cuttino Mobley and
Kelvin Cato for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue and Reece Gaines on
June 29, 2004.

Friday’s loss spoiled the coaching debut of Chris Jent, who was named the
team’s interim coach after Johnny Davis was fired following Wednesday’s loss
to the Los Angeles Clippers.