Kings' Taylor nets five-game suspension from league

Maurice Taylor Taylor

NEW YORK -- Sacramento Kings forward Maurice Taylor was
suspended five games by the NBA on Wednesday for violating terms of
the anti-drug program.

Taylor has been suspended twice previously for substance abuse
violations. According to terms of the collective bargaining
agreement, a player receives a five-game suspension for a third
positive test for marijuana.

He missed the first five games of the 2002-03 season, then
served a six-game penalty during the '03-'04 season.

Taylor joined the Kings after he was waived by the New York
Knicks during the preseason. He has played in only four games and
hasn't scored.

The suspension begins with Thursday night's game against Miami.