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- During the Denver Nuggets’ game against the Phoenix Suns, Nikola Jokic was assessed a technical foul for making contact with Suns owner Matt Ishbia.
During Game 4 of the Denver Nuggets’ second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, star player Nikola Jokic received a technical foul after making contact with Suns owner Matt Ishbia. The incident has sparked controversy and debate among fans and analysts alike.
As the second quarter was coming to an end, Josh Okogie, a wing player for the Suns, stood up to catch a loose ball near the sideline where Matt Ishibia was sitting. As the Suns lost possession, Nikola Jokic reached out to Ishbia and the man next to him to retrieve the ball. But when Jokic tried to pick up the ball, he encountered some resistance, which resulted in it bouncing back into the crowd.
When Nikola Jokic was attempting to get the ball from Eshbia, the resistance he faced seemed to irritate him. As a result, he extended his left elbow toward the owner while using his other hand to ask for the ball.
Jokic just chased the owner of the sun 😳 pic.twitter.com/oQOyZDP1A1
— LakeshowYo (@LakeShowYo) May 8, 2023
When Jokic extended his elbow toward him, Ishbia, who played basketball for Michigan State, slumped back in his seat with his hands up in the air, seemingly looking for a foul. Two security personnel immediately appeared in front of Ishbia to prevent Jokic from taking the ball. As a result, Jokic was handed a technical foul, which could potentially have serious consequences for the Nuggets in the future.
Opinion on Jokic’s actions has been divided, with some defending them as a display of competitive spirit, while others have condemned the use of physical contact against team owners. The NBA has not issued a statement on the matter, but it is possible that the league will investigate the incident and consider additional disciplinary measures.