Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been suspended one game for striking Lakers center Roy Hibbert during Tuesday's preseason game, the NBA announced.
Booker will serve the suspension during the Jazz’s first regular-season game he is eligible and able to play, which currently stands as the season-opener against Detroit Oct. 28.
Booker struck Hibbert in what was essentially a slap across the face during the third quarter of the teams’ game. Booker was entangled with Lakers forward Julius Randle as he set a pick, and shoved Randle after the whistle, which led Hibbert to come over and insert himself in the situation. Booker and Hibbert jawed before Booker retaliated physically. He was ejected after referees reviewed the altercation.
The Jazz and Lakers were playing their second exhibition game in three days at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, as both teams kicked off their preseason schedules on the islands. Utah won the opener on Sunday 90–71.
Booker, 27, averaged 7.2 points and five rebounds in 79 games for the Jazz last season.
- Jeremy Woo