16 Dec

Michael Jordan Slaps Malik Monk on the Back of the Head for Technical Foul

There was a thrilling basketball game in Charlotte, complete with a dramatic finish between the Pistons and Hornets that even saw the most iconic figure in the sport get involved.

Down by 13 before the start of the 4th Quarter, the Hornets swarmed back to tie the game within the final minute capped off by a walk-off 22 ft jumper from shooting guard Jeremy Lamb. Or so they thought. Hornets players Bismack Biyombo and Malik Monk stormed the court to celebrate with their teammates with .3 seconds left on the clock, which is enough time in the NBA to catch and shoot. For the infraction, Malik Monk was handed a technical foul, sending Detroit guard Langston Galloway to the line for a free throw pending their next possession.

For good reason, the owner of the Hornets, Michael Jordan, was in attendance and was not happy about the costly mistake. The camera catches Jordan slap Malik Monk across the back of his head in a playful manner, as if to teach the second-year player from Kentucky a valuable lesson in self-control. To his credit, the Hornets held on to win the game, in which Monk scored 7 points in 11 minutes.


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