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.
Last May, Magic Johnson tweeted that the Lakers chase LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan in free agency. All three players were still under contract with their teams until July 1.
In response to that apparent tampering, the Lakers announced Johnson had asked the team to remove his title of Vice President.
Too little, too late.
William Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn of ESPN:
Outside the Lines learned this week — and confirmed with a senior Lakers official — that the NBA fined the team over Johnson’s communiques about players under contract to other teams.
If Drake got the Raptors fined for tampering by pitching Durant during a concert, the Lakers deserved this fine.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are dating. There are mixed reports about whether they’re engaged.
No matter their exact terms of their relationship, it brings increased attention to the Cavaliers – who are already in the spotlight as LeBron James‘ team and the defending NBA champions.
LeBron might not welcome increased scrutiny.
Gabriella Ginsberg of Hollywood Life:
LeBron James hasn’t been happy that Tristan Thompson is dating drama magnet Khloe Kardashian, and we hear that the teammates had a locker room showdown before the Cavs’ home opener game.
“Tristan isn’t taking any crap from his teammates anymore. As far as he’s concerned, Khloe’s coming to every damn game she chooses,” the insider reveals. “Tristan told LeBron straight up before last night’s game that Khloe was coming and that was that.”
There’s nothing wrong with LeBron, as a friend, advising Thompson about his personal life. They share an agent, Rich Paul, and that obviously means a lot to LeBron.
But at a certain point, LeBron should back off. Neither coworkers nor friends have a right to determine who someone dates.
76ers players are unsure how to respond to their franchise blocking Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem because she wore a “WE MATTER” jersey.
Justise Winslow is seemingly trying to nudge Philadelphia in a certain direction.
The Heat forward posted a photo with himself and the 76ers’ Jerami Grant raising fists and captioned it “WE MATTER”:
I’m unsure when this photo was taken, but my best guess is after the Miami-Philadelphia preseason game – which was preceded by the national-anthem singer kneeling during her performance.
Was Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha making the smart play to beat the defender or just showing off?
Either way, I’m glad he did it.