Rick Bonnell: Huge @hornets news: @AhmadMonk was reinstated from drug suspension during the NBA hiatus.
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Rick Bonnell: Malik Monk’s suspension means he must count against the Hornets’ maximum 13 active players for the first 5 games he is out. After that fifth game (Saturday vs. the Houston Rockets), he can be inactive for games while under suspension.
Wednesday became a difficult lesson for him that way, when the NBA suspended Monk indefinitely without pay for violation of the league’s anti-drug policy. Coach James Borrego said Wednesday evening he hadn’t talked to Monk since the suspension was announced, but that Monk would have the full support of him and the franchise. “All of us face different things in life; it’s how you respond,” Borrego said before the Hornets played the New York Knicks. “It’s my belief, knowing Malik, that he’ll respond the right way.
“(The suspension) does put us in a bind. But in the end, this could be a very positive story. I look forward to talking to him.” The length of Monk’s suspension is open-ended, the NBA’s statement read, and “will continue until he is determined to be in full compliance” with the anti-drug policy.
Rod Boone: #Hornets statement on Malik Monk’s indefinite suspension: “We are disappointed in Malik’s decision-making that resulted in his suspension. As an organization, we do not condone his behavior. However, we are committed to supporting Malik during this time.”
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