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Magic rookie Mo Bamba benched for tardiness

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Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba was benched on Monday night for a violation of team rules that he later explained.

Bamba, the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, did not play in a Magic game for the first time all season. Orlando lost 101-76 to the Dallas Mavericks.

Magic head coach Steve Clifford said Bamba was benched for a violation, while Bamba said that he has to “be on time,” suggesting he was benched for tardiness.

The 20-year-old big man is averaging 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 17 minutes per game this season.

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