The Pacers suspended assistant coach Greg Foster for one sport and fined heart Goga Bitadze for a heated altercation throughout Wednesday’s house loss to Sacramento, experiences ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (through Twitter).
Foster, who needed to be held again by Myles Turner, was believed to be upset by Bitadze’s lack of resistance on a Maurice Harkless dunk. As Matthew VanTryon of the Indianapolis Star particulars, following that Harkless dunk, Bitadze responded by hitting a three-pointer and appeared to inform Foster to “sit the f— down,” which led to the altercation on the sidelines.
The incident was the most recent indication that the struggling Pacers are annoyed and feeling a bit of frayed on the edges. Within the wake of a number of
experiences suggesting his job may very well be in jeopardy, Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren spoke earlier than Wednesday night time’s sport concerning the significance of speaking along with his gamers and sticking collectively throughout a tough stretch, per VanTryon. After the sport, Bjorkgren – who stated he talked to each Foster and Bitadze – downplayed the incident however hinted he wasn’t fairly prepared to shut the e book on it.
“I’m going to search out out precisely what was stated and in what approach,” Bjorkgren informed reporters on Wednesday night time. “They’re each making an attempt so onerous. They’re each aggressive. They each need what’s greatest for the staff, and it didn’t occur that approach. It boiled over a bit of bit.”
In accordance with Wojnarowski, Foster and Bitadze have had a “sturdy working relationship” this season, and the Pacers anticipate that to proceed going ahead.