Aaron Brooks was frustrated. Which is something he has in common with the entire Sacramento fan base, but that’s another topic.
The Kings had just fallen to the 104-102 to the Utah Jazz and Brooks was ticked — with 15 seconds to go he had driven the lane and thought he was fouled but nothing was called. The Jazz got the ball back and set up a Gordon Hayward wide open game winner. Brooks was still livid.
So he threw his mouthpiece into the stands (watch the video and you can see Brooks start to make the move near the top of the key after the Kings miss their game-tying shot).
That’s going to cost him $25,000. The league office announced the fine Monday, saying it was for “throwing his mouthpiece into the stands.”
This is not something new, there are multiple reports of fines for this amount for this exact act, going back at least to Kirk Hinrich (then in his first Bulls run) in April of 2007. This is pretty standard for the league. (Rashard Lewis got fined back in 2003 for throwing his mouthpiece at a ref.)
Let this be a lesson kids, your mouthpiece should stay in your mouth.
Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.
So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.
LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.
When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.
At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.
The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.
China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.
China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.
Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.
The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.