HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy suspended
forward Eddie Griffin indefinitely after Griffin failed to show up
for practice prior to Thursday night's preseason game against the
The suspension comes a day after Van Gundy met with Griffin to
discuss another no-show. The third-year player missed the team's
flight to Sacramento on Monday night.
"I met with him [Wednesday] night and I told him he was
suspended two additional games," Van Gundy said. "We talked
through it and we had a good talk and he understood where I was
Van Gundy thought Griffin would rejoin the team for Thursday's
"He didn't show up again today, so we suspended him for conduct
detrimental to the team," Van Gundy said. "Hopefully, he'll get
himself together and get back and rejoin us soon.
"He's an integral part of what we're trying to do and yet
what's going on is totally unacceptable."
Griffin told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that he missed
the trip because of personal reasons. Griffin skipped a home game
last season too and gave the same reason when he returned.
Griffin also has an unresolved marijuana possession charge
against him stemming from an arrest in April.
"We see this as a very short-term, hopefully, blip in the radar
and [want to] get Eddie back as soon as he's able to conform to
what we need him to do, which means showing up to work every day,
on time and ready to play and play well," Van Gundy said.
Van Gundy said he knows the source of Griffin's problem but
would not discuss it. He said Griffin would remain away from the
team until the issue was resolved.
"When I talked [Wednesday] it was our intention that he would
practice with us and be at games, do extra, " Van Gundy said.
"But I think today what's happened, we're going to let him be away
from the team until he can get himself together and is able to do
everything that a professional basketball player is supposed to do,
which means showing up for work on time."
Griffin was the seventh overall pick of the New Jersey Nets in
2001 and was traded to the Rockets for three first-round draft
choices. He has averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in
two seasons with the Rockets.