Ex-NBA man Josh Childress thrown from game for brutal elbow on opponent

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When a player leaves behind the NBA in favor of increased game time in a far flung league on the other side of the globe it doesn't take long for people to lose track, and interest, in their progress.

Josh Childress is one such player. A 2004 first round draft pick for the Atlanta Hawks, the now 31-year-old spent time at four NBA franchises between 2004-2013 before landing in Australia this summer after signing a deal with the Sydney Kings.

You wouldn't think there would be much call therefore for keeping a close eye on his progress in the NBL of Australia. 

That was until he was thrown out of a Sydney Kings game this week after landing a frankly brutal elbow to the face of an opponent.

"There’s no room for that in our game. I hope the league takes a stand on it because it wasn’t deserved," - Trevor Gleeson, Perth Wildcats coach

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Childress was ejected in the third quarter after taking exception to an altercation with Perth Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff.

Wagstaff had knocked Childress to the floor in an off-ball screen that clearly left the former Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans man frustrated. And, as you can see from this vine of the incident, it didn't take long for Childress to respond.

Rising to his feet the former NBA man made a be-line for his opponent, landing a strong raised forearm into Wagstaff's face just as he was releasing a shot. Officials, quite rightly, threw Childress from the game with immediate effect and the player left to a chorus of boos from the partizan Perth crowd.

Instant reaction

The NBL has already confirmed that Childress, who had racked up a respectable 11 points prior to the red mist descending, has been reported for striking, and Perth head coach Trevor Gleeson is expecting the league to take a strong stance against the former NBA man.

"I thought it was a pretty cheap shot," Gleeson told The Australian.

"There's no room for that in our game. I hope the league takes a stand on it because it wasn't deserved. You do that in AFL and you're out. Anything around the head is a no-no."

What the league decide to do with Childress remains to be seen but it certainly seems likely that the sixth pick of the 2004 NBA draft may find himself with some free time to explore his new Australian surroundings in the coming weeks.

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