Friday , Dec , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe suspended for two games

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant was
suspended two games by the NBA on Friday for his flagrant foul on Memphis’
Mike Miller during a game on Wednesday.

The foul occurred with 8:24 left in the fourth quarter during the Lakers’
100-99 overtime loss to the Grizzlies after Bryant elbowed Miller in the
throat.

Bryant was called for a Flagrant Foul Penalty One, but the elbow was later
upgraded to a Penalty Two.

Earlier in the game, Bryant was cut above his left eye by Miller, which
required stitches.

The suspension will be without pay and Bryant will miss a pair of games
against the Jazz, scheduled for January 1 and 3.

On the year, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound guard is averaging 32.7 points, 5.4
rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in 29 contests.

LAL