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Magic suspended Mo Bamba on Monday for violating team rules

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The Orlando Magic suspended rookie big man Mo Bamba for Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks because the center violated team rules.

Mo Bamba, the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Texas, was late to a walkthrough.

“It’s just bad on my part, and I need to be better. I’ve got to be on time,” Bamba said, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “It’s very difficult. You want to be out there, and you want to impact the game in any way possible. But you get to sit back and watch and see what you can do better at the same time.”

The Magic got blown out by the Mavs by a final score of 101-76. Monday was the first game Mo Bamba didn’t play in this season. The 20-year-old is averaging 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 26 contests while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 34.0 percent from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Magic are 12-15 on the season, good for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Orlando head coach Steve Clifford said Bamba’s suspension was only going to be a one-game thing. The Magic take on the Chicago Bulls Thursday, and Mo Bamba will play in that game.