There is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.
The letter of the NBA law says that players cannot participate in exhibitions of any kind between July 1 and Sept. 15 without the approval of the league.
Yet a handful of players did just that, competing in University of Washington alumni event in June. Now they are going to pay the price — the league has announced a $15,000 fine for each of them, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers forward Spencer, Memphis Grizzlies guards Quincy and Tony Wroten and Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas for participating in a June 23 game at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, league sources told Y! Sports.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar put the game together. The big news out of the game was Brandon Roy admitting his playing days were numbered.
What is the harm here? What is the point of fining guys for playing in a college alumni game? This is just petty by the league, where they care about the letter of the law, not the spirit of it.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.