When Joakim Noah went into Half-Baked mode and cursed at all the referees before leaving the game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday, many expected the league to come down hard on the Chicago Bulls center.
Interestingly, the punishment he received wasn’t as bad as some expected – a $15,000 fine. The pattern of fines given this season have been unique under Rod Thorn. Coach Mike Malone of the Kings was hit with a $25,000 fine for this tantrum, and Mark Cuban was handed a $100,000 fine for his berating of officials just a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps there is a different standard for a coach or an owner, but in no way is what they did worse than what Noah did.
Matt Barnes, who has been the recipient of a couple of fines this season due to his failure of leaving the court in a timely manner after an ejection, was less than pleased when he learned what Noah was hit with for his antics: