Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams was suspended for two games and the New York Knicks' Shawne Williams was penalized one game for throwing punches Friday.
Marvin Williams, a graduate of Bremerton High School before playing one season at North Carolina, started things when he shoved Shawne Williams in the back as they ran up the court with 43 seconds to go in the Hawks’ 111-102 victory.
The NBA cited Marvin Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in 2005, for throwing punches and fighting, while Shawne Williams got a one-game ban.
Both suspensions are without pay.
Marvin Williams missed the Hawks’ game at Dallas on Saturday night and also will sit out at home against Toronto on Wednesday night. Shawne Williams will sit out when the Knicks host Detroit today.
Hawks coach Larry Drew accepted the length of Marvin Williams’ suspension without protest.
“There was no real expectations on the length as far as I was concerned,” Drew said. “I didn’t even see the instant replay. I knew something would take place as far as a suspension. The league made a ruling on it and we just have to live with it.”
Drew said Marvin Williams, who can’t be in the arena for games while he’s suspended, was back at the team hotel and in good spirits.
“I saw him at breakfast and he was in great shape,” Drew said. “He’s ready to move on. It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances and you’ve got to put it behind you.”
Marvin Williams has already missed 15 games this season with back and right knee injuries.
Memphis guard O.J. Mayo said he thinks an “energy drink” he bought at a gas station contained the substance that led to his 10-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy. Kevin Love had his NBA-leading 42nd double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves beat Toronto, 103-87, in Minneapolis to send the Raptors to their 11th consecutive loss. Heat guard Dwyane Wade has a bruised right wrist and is listed as day to day. Milwaukee guard Brandon Jennings returned after missing 19 games because of a broken left foot. Bulls forward Taj Gibson had to be helped off the court after injuring his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s game against Indiana.