Asked if he was surprised, McCollum could only make a joke. “I should have known that they were going to suspend me,” he said. “It cost me a lot of money and the first game of the season. But I should have known better with my history of violence on the court that I would be suspended.”
Portland Trail Blazers star guard CJ McCollum has been suspended for Portland’s regular-season opener after leaving the bench area during an altercation in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns.
McCollum told ESPN.com in a text message: “I’ve been in the league way too long to have a mental lapse like that. I want to apologize to my teammates and the organization for putting our team in this situation. The Western Conference is already tough enough as it is. It won’t happen again. Lesson learned. I take full responsibility for those eight expensive and costly steps.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA has suspended Portland guard CJ McCollum for opening night for leaving bench during a preseason game altercation.
The NBA has named Michelle D. Johnson, a retired Air Force general, the head of the league’s referee operations. Johnson, the first woman to hold the position of superintendent at the Air Force Academy, replaces Mike Bantom, who is now a senior advisor for league operations. She will head the recruitment, training, development and evaluation of all referees and oversee the NBA Replay Center, among other duties.