Phoenix Suns suspended forward P.J. Tucker for violating team rules after he missed the team bus to the airport in Los Angeles for their flight to Boston.
Tucker was inactive for Phoenix’s 118-114 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday. A Suns spokeswoman told the AP that Tucker "basically missed the plane" to Boston on Sunday.
According to the Arizona Republic, Tucker made it to the airport on his own for the flight, but broke team rules by missing the 9 a.m. team bus to the airport in Los Angeles. The Suns stayed in town overnight after losing 120-107 to the Clippers on Saturday.
It is not known if Tucker will miss any more games. The Suns have four more on their Eastern Conference road trip, starting with a matchup against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, followed by contests against the Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors.
The NBA suspended Tucker for three games earlier this season after he pleaded guilty to "super extreme" DWI, which, according to Arizona law, is any blood alcohol level that registers over .20. Tucker was arrested in May and registered a BAC of .222. Arizona’s legal limit is .08.
Tucker, who signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in July, is averaging 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in seven games this season for Phoenix (6-5).
- Scooby Axson