Tyreke Evans embraces punishment slapped on him by Indiana
Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans will not suit for the their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. This is not, however, due to any injury or rest for the 10-year veteran. The Pacers announced via Twitter that this is due to a punishment given by the team after Evans arrived late in practice.
“I was late for practice. This is the most professional and team-oriented organization I have been with in my career. They deserve my best every day and I am disappointed in myself for causing a distraction that prevents me from being able to help my team tomorrow. I will do better.” Evans said in his official statement following the penalty.
Evans is taking full responsibility for his actions and seems to be ashamed for what he has done given that the Pacers are a high-class organization. He has made stops with three other teams in Sacramento, New Orleans, and Memphis. His sentiments about the organization speak volumes about its professionalism given that he has only been with the franchise for just a few months.
The former rookie of the year had a resurrection campaign last season with the Grizzlies, where he averaged 19.4 points on 45 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from three. However, the Pacers talent, who came off the bench for most of last season, seems to be disappointed with Memphis since they refused to deal him to a contender before the trade deadline.
Evans is in a similar backup role for Indiana and looks to provide a spark off the bench. Through five games this season, he is averaging 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 21 minutes per game.
Throughout his career, Evans does not have a bad track record in NBA lockers rooms for the most part of his career. So this won’t to be a norm for the new Indiana Pacer in the future.