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Jason Kidd fined $50K for intentionally spilling drink on the court to stop play in loss to Lakers


UPDATE 8:45 pm: The NBA league office has confirmed the $50,000 fine for Jason Kidd.

7:16 pm: Jason Kidd used a loophole in the rules to force a stoppage in play late in his team’s loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, and that bit of creativity is going to cost him a fair bit of cash in the form of a fine from the league office.

We saw this coming, and it sends a message that the league doesn’t want its players and especially its coaches gaming the system like this in order to gain an unfair advantage.

It’s worth wondering if Kidd’s post-game comments where he denied any intention, in combination with the video that clearly shows him telling his player to “hit me” before he dropped his drink on the court contributed to the amount of his fine.

“The cup slipped out of my hand,” Kidd said afterward. “I was getting tired. Sweaty palms. … In the heat of the battle you’re trying to get guys in and out of the game, and the coke fell out of my hand.”

Obviously, that was a complete fabrication.

The league’s fines are typically in the $25,000-$35,000 range for the majority of punishable offenses.

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For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.

Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

Dwight Howard crushes Kristaps Porzingis with dunk (video)

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