Published On: Sat, Oct 13th, 2018

Lakers Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley ejected from preseason finale

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Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley were ejected from the Los Angeles Lakers’ final preseason game Friday night, renewing speculation of how they will affect the team.
 

Both players, in their first year with the Lakers, are considered fiery, tough and potentially disruptive.

LeBron James did not play Friday but appeared to enjoy himself — especially after Stephenson was ejected in the fourth quarter of Lakers’ 119-105 victory against the Golden State Warriors at the SAP Center in San Jose.

James could be seen laughing and apparently engaging in playful banter with Golden State’s players after officials reviewed video and ejected Stephenson.

Stephenson, fouled hard by Quinn Cook as he drove toward the basket, flung his fist toward the back of Cook’s head. He missed, but officials still tossed him from the game.

As he headed for the locker room, Stephenson raised his arms over his head in celebratory fashion and slapped hands with two fans.

“Just a hard foul, trying to get him off me,’’ Stephenson told reporters after the game. “But, I mean, it’s all fun and games. Playing hard and playing aggressive. … It’s not a big deal.’’

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Stephenson, known for his physical play as a member of the Indiana Pacers, was ejected from a regular-season game in 2014 and called for a technical foul against James during the 2017 playoffs when he hit James in the head while trying to block a shot.

Beasley was ejected Friday in the third quarter after a scuffle with Golden State’s Draymond Green. He was ejected from a regular-season game in 2016 for his role in an on-court altercation when he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. Last season, while playing for the New York Knicks, he fouled out of a game in 10 minutes.

Lakers coach Luke Walton expressed no concern when asked about the ejections.

The Lakers, who finished the preseason 3-3, will open the regular season Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland.

 

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