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Ex-NBA player Renaldo Balkman pushes coach, chokes teammate in Phillipines

03.08.13 at 12:03 pm ET
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Former Knicks and Nuggets forward Renaldo Balkman, now playing in the Phillipines, had a major meltdown in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game Friday night.

Balkman, playing for the Petron Blaze Boosters, was upset he didn’t get a foul call late in an 83-73 loss to the Alaska Aces. Balkman first got into it with the officials, then took on his own team. He pushed assistant coach Biboy Ravanes and teammate Ronald Tubid when they tried to calm him down, and then when teammate Arwind Santos pushed him back, Balkman grabbed Santos around the neck before other Petron players pulled him away.

Balkman, who signed with Petron in December, will meet with league commissioner Chito Salud on Monday to determine his punishment.

Tweeted Balkman: I wld like to apologize to the fans, Petron Blaze, my teammates, the PBA and especially @tubidronald71 and @Arwind029.

Balkman, 28, was a surprise first-round draft pick (20th overall) of the Knicks in 2006 out of South Carolina. He played two seasons in New York before being traded to Denver. After 2½ seasons with the Nuggets, Balkman was traded back to New York along with Carmelo Anthony in a huge three-team deal. He was waived by the Knicks in February 2012.

In 221 games over six NBA seasons, Balkman averaged 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.

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