Monday , Mar , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando’s Francis suspended for three games

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Orlando Magic all-star guard Steve Francis
has been suspended for three games without pay for kicking a photographer, the
NBA announced Monday.

NBA Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced the
terms of the suspension Monday, after investigating the incident, which
occurred in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s loss at Seattle on Friday.

Francis, who served the first game of his suspension Saturday, will miss
Monday’s game at Charlotte and Thursday’s home game also against the

Former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman, who incurred a number of fines and
suspensions during his notorious career, was fined $25,000 and suspended 11
games for kicking a photographer in 1997.

Francis, however, has not had a history nearly as checkered as Rodman.

In 65 games for Orlando this season, Francis has averaged 21.4 points, 6.9
assists and 5.9 rebounds.

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.