Miami Heat benchwarmer Dexter Pittman decided to get his name out there during garbage minutes of the Heat's game four victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Pittman took a cue from what had already been a physical, violent game, to deliver a forearm shiver to the throat of the Pacers Lance Stephenson.
Lest anyone think that Pittman didn't see Stephenson or that the contact was somehow unintentional, Pittman's post-hack wink towards the Heat bench was caught by the TNT camera's for a national audience to see.
The shot was likely in retaliation for Stephenson's choke gesture that he made toward LeBron James as the Pacers were rolling the Heat in game three.
Pittman, in his second season since being drafted out of Texas, played in 35 of the Heat's 66 regular season games averaging just 8.6 minutes and 3.0 points per game.
Pittman was assessed a flagrant one on the floor, but the league office is looking into all three flagrant fouls from the game and will likely add supplemental discipline to at least one of the hits.
The Pittman hit rises nearly to the level of Metta World Peace's elbow to the head of James Harden that cost the Lakers star seven games. Pittman doesn't have Peace's history so it probably won't be as long but don't be surprised if Pittman sits for as many as five games.
Here is the video of the foul, complete with the wink.
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