Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
His coaches and teammates with the Dallas Stars don’t want him back.
“He’s always on the edge, certainly, on the ice, which no one really has an issue with,” forward Mike Modano told the AP. “But when it becomes public and it becomes off-ice situations, that’s when you have a problem with it.”
Avery already has served two of the six games and will eligible to return Dec. 16 against Phoenix.
“We needed to be clear that this was the type of conduct that we did not view was acceptable and not representative of what our players do,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
Avery also agreed to be evaluated for anger management — a requirement for his return. The league cited his “pattern of unacceptable and anti-social behavior.”
“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘I need help,'” Stars general manager Brett Hull said from Dallas. “It was brought up by him.”
(The AP contributed)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.