Wednesday , Mar , 07 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bryant receives one-game suspension

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant
was suspended one game on Wednesday by the NBA for striking Minnesota
Timberwolves guard Marko Jaric in the face during Tuesday’s double-overtime
loss.

The incident occurred in the final minute of the fourth quarter at the Target
Center. Bryant finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in the
loss.

The Lakers will play the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at the Bradley Center
without the service of Bryant.

Bryant was suspended for one game earlier this season for hitting San Antonio
guard Manu Ginobili in the face during the Lakers’ 96-94 overtime loss to the
Spurs on January 28 at the Staples Center. He sat out the next contest against
the New York Knicks.

In 57 games this season, Bryant is averaging a team-best 29.2 points with 5.7
rebounds and 5.6 assists.

LAL