Saturday , Jan , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Jim O’Brien: Jamaal Tinsley Not Suspended

Indiana Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said Thursday his version of Jamaal Tinsley’s absence from Wednesday’s game "is the story I’m sticking with."

O’Brien said before and after Wednesday’s win over Golden State that Tinsley was inactive because of an injured left knee.

Several people with knowledge of the situation, however, said Tinsley was "suspended" and "disciplined" after an incident during the team’s film session the previous day.

Thursday, O’Brien said he "deactivated" Tinsley.
"As an NBA coach I have the ability and the right to deactivate any player I want," O’Brien said after practice Thursday. "I deactivated Jamaal and Ike (Diogu)."
Diogu was at the game; Tinsley was not. [Click here for more from the Indy Star.]