Fine Day for the NBA

Posted on Rabu, 03 November 2010 |
In a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett was frustrated for being called for an offensive foul and reacted by tossing the basketball into the first few rows underneath the basket. The ball apparently hit a male fan, who was wheeled away to the sound of loud booing. Despite the fact that the fan appeared to be uninjured, Garnett was ejected from the game. Today he was fined $5,000 by the NBA.

Garnett’s teammate, Ricky Davis, was also fined $5,000 by the NBA for kicking a ball into the stands in a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace was also fined today for throwing an elbow at Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who needed five stitches on his bleeding forehead. The incident occurred in the first quarter of the game on Sunday when Ilgauskas drove to the hoop. Wallace was called for a flagrant foul, which was subsequently upgraded to a flagrant foul two by the NBA.

Wallace did not appear to deny that the elbow was intentional, saying “I’m not going to start the game by cracking a cat in the skull if I don’t get elbowed first.”

Asked if Wallace should have been suspended, Ilgauskas said, “It’s not up to me. You just leave it up to the league.”

Wallace and Ilgauskas will meet again Monday night, as the Pistons and Cavs play in Cleveland.

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