The NBA fined Kidd $50,000 on Thursday after determining that Kidd intentionally spilled his cup onto the floor to delay the game and buy his team some huddle time.
Losing to the Philadelphia 76ers apparently makes folks lose their cool. After Friday’s loss to the surprising 76ers, Wizards coach Randy Wittman lost his and was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Monday. The fine was announced by NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. Wittman was fined for using profane language in his comments following a 109-102 loss in the team’s home opener. Washington led throughout the first half, by 11 points midway through the third quarter and by seven with less than nine minutes to play before collapsing down the stretch. Philadelphia, which is supposedly rebuilding, scored 65 points in the second half. Asked by a reporter what he thought the problem was, Wittman replied, “Well, you tell me what you thought the problem was. You watched the game. Commitment to bleeping playing defense. It’s what it is. It’s what it boils down to, all right? It’s a thing our guys haven’t learned and I’ve got to figure out a way.” Washington is 0-3, and Wittman is in the final year of his contract. If you want to read a bit more about the Wizards’ situation, it’s addressed in my column this week.
At least 3 NBA teams have reportedly been fined for tampering, with the Houston Rockets and the Atlanta Hawks being the first two to be named or own up. The league sent out a memo to the NBA’s 30 teams announcing the penalties, but with no specific fines or teams mentioned. You can bet the fines won’t be small though, they will probably be equal in size to the giant jackpots on offer at top casino site Androidcasino.ca , as the NBA has to strictly enforce its rules.
The Atlanta Hawks were the first to acknowledge and accept wrongdoing on their behalf and said that they fully understand and respect the NBA’s decision. It has then been alleged that the 2nd team is the Houston Rockets but no definite confirmation has been issued from this team as yet. The 3rd team to incur a fine has yet to step forward or be named.
The infringement or tampering that occurred from all teams’ centers around the naming and discussing of free agent targets before the free agency moratorium begins on July 1. The memo released by the NBA refers to this and discusses the conduct at issue involving statements by a team’s employee to the media, articles posted online and an e-mail to prospective season ticket purchasers being at the forefront of the drama. In these communications it appears that players who were under contract to other teams for the duration of the season were discussed prior to them becoming free agents in the summer.
The Hawks were clearly guilty of this as they recently sent out an email on a team letterhead to prospective season ticket buyers that mentioned both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Both are free agents and the Hawks mentioned the possibility of landing them for the following season.
This will be the second time in 3 years that the Hawks have been fined for tampering, as in 2010 co-owner Michael Gearon mentioned LeBron James before free agency. This time around it was apparently an errant season-ticket rep who mentioned the free agents and Hawks president Bob Williams stated that no ill intent was intended, however rules are rules and they accept responsibility and the fine.
It won’t be long before the 3rd team name is disclosed.
UPDATE: Jackson was fined for a hostile tweet directed at Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka. Currently sidelined by an injury, Jackson apparently watched Friday’s Lakers-Thunder game on ESPN and didn’t like what he saw.
Spurs GM R.C. Buford wasn’t exactly thrilled with Jackson’s use of social media.
“The recent public comments made by Stephen Jackson are absolutely unacceptable, cannot be tolerated and do not reflect the standards held by the San Antonio Spurs,” Buford said in a statement.
Wilcox and Scott were fined for separate incidents in separate games Friday.
Wilcox was fined for making an obscene gesture toward fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in Friday’s 95-94 overtime loss. The incident occurred during a timeout with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter.
Scott was fined for public criticism of officials made after Cleveland’s 91-73 loss at Minnesota.
“It was that bad. It really was. It was that bad,” Scott said. “I mean I understand we’re playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did. I think we had 38 attempts in the paint to their 34, we get nine free throws, I think that speaks for itself.
All fines were announced by NBA executive vice President of basketball operations Stu Jackson
Should NBA commissioner David Stern have kept his mouth shut instead of popping off pregame against “Pop”?
Or were the “substantial sanctions” he alluded to nothing more than a precursor to a public re-assessment of the relative strength of the Miami Heat?
Where does this thing go next?