NBA: Sacramento Kings' Zach Randolph pleads no-contest over marijuana charge

Los Angeles (AFP) - Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced to community service on Wednesday in connection with an incident that saw him charged with marijuana possession.

With his no-contest plea, the 36-year-old Randolph had the charge against him reduced to delaying a police officer.

The 36-year-old was arrested last month in a late night disturbance at a housing estate in the gritty Los Angeles neighbourhood of Watts.

He was originally charged with misdemeanour possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

Randolph was placed in a diversion program and must complete 150 hours of community service.

He was ordered not to associate with any known narcotics sellers or users, according to Frank Mateljan with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

If he completes the programme, the case against him will be dismissed.

Randolph, a two-time NBA (National Basketball Association) All-Star, signed a two-year contract with the Kings in July after playing eight years with the Memphis Grizzlies.