League suspends Posey for one game

Updated: March 29, 2009, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Hornets forward James Posey has been suspended one game by the NBA for throwing a ball at a referee.

The Hornets announced the discipline on Sunday, saying that Posey would miss an important Southwest Division game against the San Antonio Spurs that night.

Posey was ejected during a Hornets' loss Friday night in New York against the Knicks after he threw the ball at feet of referee Gary Zielinski. Posey was reacting to a loose ball foul called against him as he was competing for a defensive rebound.

Posey is averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. He is the Hornets' primary reserve, and New Orleans routinely relies on his defensive ability late in close games.

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