On This Date 12/1/1997

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Tensions rise during practice for the Golden State Warriors as their top player Latrell Sprewell attacks Coach P.J. Carlesimo, who was critical of Sprewell’s passing leading to the incident. After first telling Carlesimo to stay away, Sprewell grabbed the coach by his throat and made a death threat before being separated. Latrell Sprewell returned later and struck Carlesimo in the face. The incident would lead to Sprewell being suspended for the remainder of the season.

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