Sixth-year guard Dante Exum and rookie Miye Oni got into a heated altercation at Utah Jazz practice the other day. Exum reportedly stormed out of the gym after hitting the canvas hard while being guarded by Oni.
Jazz head coach Quin Snyder spoke about the scuffle and dismissed it as a common occurrence that happens in any normal NBA practice:
Quin Snyder addressing yesterday’s Dante Exum/Miye Oni practice kerfuffle pic.twitter.com/w4gUI33mG8
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) October 14, 2019
As Snyder touched upon, it seems like nothing significant really happened between Exum and Oni. It was just a case of two teammates going competitively at each other in practice.
Nevertheless, it's great that they have already filed the incident in the past. It's also great that Exum didn't get hurt on his hard fall.
Exum is still currently making his way back to the court from a partially torn right patellar tendon he suffered this past January.
The Aussie point guard has struggled with his health throughout his NBA career. Apart from this recent knee injury that forced him to miss 40 games last season, Exum missed his entire sophomore campaign due to a torn left ACL. In 2017-18, the 24-year old played just 14 games after undergoing shoulder surgery in October 2017.
Exum has yet to suit up for the Jazz in the preseason. Miye Oni, on the other hand, has played in all of Utah's preseason contests. The Jazz acquired his draft rights from the Golden State Warriors, who selected the standout from Yale with the 58th pick in this year's draft.
The two will likely compete for minutes at the guard spot off the bench for the Jazz this season.