Bobby Portis joins list of absurd Knicks ejections this season

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Knicks dysfunction is hardly a new thing, but a fresh wrinkle this season has been the growing list of unusual ejections.

On Wednesday, Bobby Portis joined Elfrid Payton and Marcus Morris as Knicks to be tossed for an unconventional reason. During a timeout, Portis caught a practice shot from Wizards guard Shabazz Napier and lobbed it at Napier while he walked off the floor. The basketball struck Napier in the arm.

Portis, of course, has a history of unnecessary extracurriculars. He once broke former teammate Nikola Mirotic's jaw during practice, and last month he was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul for smacking the Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the head on a breakaway.

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In the preseason, Morris (who last week was traded to the Clippers) pulled one of the most disrespectful moves imaginable in the sport, swinging the basketball into the face of the Wizards' Justin Anderson. His conduct prompted eyebrow-raising and laughter around the league.

A couple of weeks ago, Payton shoved the Grizzlies' Jae Crowder into the stands as Crowder attempted a late 3-pointer in a blowout. That incident was accompanied by "Sell the team" chants at Madison Square Garden and sexist postgame comments from Morris.

The Knicks lost Wednesday's game to the Wizards 114-96, and it wouldn't have mattered if Portis had lasted the whole contest.

With a 17-38 record and few youngsters showing promise, though, Portis at least managed to distract from the team's dreadful on-court product.

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