Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin fined $15K for flagrant foul against Grizzlies


The Wizards were up big on a depleted Wizards team Thursday when Kevin Seraphin decided to hammer Jon Leuer on a fast break.

The officials ruled the play as a flagrant two foul at the time, which comes with it an automatic ejection.

A day later, the league has seen fit to further fine Seraphin for his actions.

From the official release:

Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin has been fined $15,000 for making excessive contact and pulling Memphis Grizzlies forward Jon Leuer off the rim and to the floor, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

That seems about right.

Even if there was no intent to injure (which is impossible to discern), it was a dangerous play nonetheless, and is worthy of punishment for that reason all by itself.

Quote of the Day: Phil Jackson mocks the job he’s done in first season with Knicks


From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

After an impromptu 15-minute media session following the Knicks’ shootaround at UCLA Thursday morning, Jackson was asked by an L.A. reporter why he so badly wanted to come out of retirement to be a team president.

He reiterated it was Lakers president/fiancée Jeanie Buss’ doing.

“It’s not something I wanted to do, it’s something my partner said, ‘You’re sitting on all this information. Come on out and destroy a basketball team that you love,’ ” Jackson cracked. “So that’s what I’ve done.”

At least in the short term, Jackson’s not wrong.

But his self-deprecating account of his first season in New York was refreshing, and honestly, this had to be the plan all along — ditch the veterans who wouldn’t be part of the team’s long-term future, bottom out, and obtain a high pick to be used in this summer’s draft.

Jackson sees building through free agency (more quickly) as his preferred method of choice, and will have the cap space to add multiple, established players in advance of next season. But the team will need young players on rookie scale deals to add to the mix, in order to indeed put a foundation in place for some measure of sustained success.

The destruction this season has been legitimate, and Jackson realizes that. Knicks fans hope he remains as self-aware when it comes to the moves he makes in the future.

Magic inducting Shaquille O’Neal into team Hall of Fame


Shaquille O’Neal began his 19-year NBA career as a member of the Orlando Magic, but bolted for the Lakers in free agency after only four seasons.

Still, his impact on the expansion franchise, which had then been in existence for just three seasons, was immeasurable. And for that reason, he will become the third member to be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

From the official release:

Because of his massive contributions to the franchise from 1992-96, O’Neal will be inducted into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame at a private ceremony to be held on March 27 at the Amway Center. O’Neal, who turned 43 years old on March 6, will also be honored in front of the fans during the Magic’s home game against the Detroit Pistons that night.

“The Orlando Magic are honored to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our history,’’ Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “Shaq made a tremendous impact on our franchise during his time with us and we are thrilled to recognize him as our third inductee into the Magic Hall of Fame. He carries on a great legacy of those who made the greatest contribution to the rich history of the Orlando Magic.’’ …

Inductees are selected based on their overall contributions both on and off the court, their years of service, their impact in the community and the general character of the individual.

Just about all of O’Neal’s greatest career achievements came after he had already left Orlando — the four championships, three Finals MVP trophies and one league MVP in the 2000 season.

But his arrival really was the sole reason that the Magic were vaulted into the national spotlight, so it’s nice of the franchise to set aside the fact that he left in free agency so early in his career, and give him an honor that he truly deserves.

It’ll be interesting to see if Orlando is feeling similarly generous one day where Dwight Howard is concerned.

Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin ejected after delivering flagrant foul to Grizzlies’ Jon Leuer (VIDEO)


Late in the third quarter of Thursday night’s contest between the Wizards and the Grizzlies, the score was predictably lopsided in Washington’s favor, after Memphis chose to rest four of its starters.

But even with a 21-point lead in place, Kevin Seraphin decided to hammer Jon Leuer on a fast break dunk attempt, which caused him to fall awkwardly to the floor.

It’s unclear whether this was a culmination of smaller incidents between the two players that may have occurred throughout, or if Seraphin just made an unnecessary play to attempt to stop the easy two points.

Either way, the referees saw fit to eject Seraphin for his actions.

John Wall converts nifty scoop layup against Grizzlies (VIDEO)


The Grizzlies rested four of their starters for a nationally televised contest against the Wizards, and John Wall is taking full advantage.

Wall had 18 first-half points in helping his team get out to a double-digit lead, and finished this fast break with a nifty scoop layup that had his defenders turned around multiple times in looking for a way to stop him.