Jermaine O'Neal, Lance Blanks engage in 'loud' confrontation, according to report

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns will be without center Jermaine O'Neal against the Kings on Wednesday, reportedly because he was involved in a verbal confrontation with team general manager Lance Blanks.

Jermaine O'Neal won't accompany his Phoenix Suns teammates to a game in Sacramento, and Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports that it's because he and general manager Lance Blanks were engaged in an "expletive-laced" confrontation on Monday.

Sources to Wojnarowski did not know what led to the argument.

The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro confirmed the report on Tuesday. Coro reported that O'Neal missed practice on Tuesday with what the team called an "unstated medical issue."

The confrontation came on Monday after newly inserted interim head coach Lindsey Hunter had led the Suns through their first full practice since Friday's mutual parting with coach Alvin Gentry, reports Wojnarowski.

The news doesn't bode well for a team that is also missing top assistants Elston Turner and Dan Majerle. Each was passed over for Hunter as interim head coach; Majerle is officially gone from the franchise while Turner is still deciding whether or not to return.

The Suns have five days off between their last game and Wednesday's game at Sacramento.

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