Even for fines you knew were coming, the NBA acted mighty swiftly.
Stephen Curry (throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd) and Steve Kerr (running wild on the officiating) got tagged this morning.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and head coach Steve Kerr have each been fined $25,000 for separate incidents, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
Curry has been fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the spectator stands. The incident, which resulted in a technical foul and subsequent ejection for Curry, occurred with 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 6 of The Finals on June 16 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Kerr has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating during his press conference following the same game.
Curry’s punishment is exactly right. There’s strong precedent for getting fined for throwing a mouthpiece into the crowd and suspended for throwing it at a ref. Because Curry threw it at a fan, he gets the lesser penalty. The appropriateness of the line is debatable, but the NBA drew it clearly.
Kerr got his money’s worth. He was FAR more critical of the officiating than Tyronn Lue, who drew an identical fine for his criticism of the referees. Will this open the door for coaches to make their verbal attacks on officiating sharper? If the cost is the same, why not?
LeBron James clearly wants to be known as the best player in the NBA.
His biggest threat: Stephen Curry, who has won back-to-back MVPs.
So, when LeBron blocked Curry’s shot in Game 6 of the Finals last night, the Cavaliers star made sure everyone – especially Curry – took notice.
Stephen Curry‘s wife deleted her tweet accusing the NBA of rigging the NBA Finals.
Then, Ayesha Curry explained her frustration:
Marc J. Spears of ESPN:
NBA security was on alert during Game 6 of the NBA Finals to find David Aminzadeh, who previously has sneaked in to countless major sporting events, an NBA official told The Undefeated. Quicken Loans Arena security checked the credentials of the father of Curry’s wife, Ayesha, because they thought he looked like Aminzadeh, before determining they were mistaken, an NBA official said.
“I was just kind of debriefed on what the security thought happened with some guy that poses with fake credentials and gets backstage at a lot of events, the NBA Finals and all that stuff,” Curry told The Undefeated as he departed from the arena. “They kind of profiled my father-in-law and thought he was him. They threatened to arrest him before they checked out his credentials. It’s kind of been an emotional and tough night all the way around.
“That was kind of a traumatic situation where her [Ayesha’s] dad almost got arrested. So it was kind of a tough situation to deal with in a hostile environment. All in all, it’s just a game. I hope that everybody is all right.”
You can see more photos of Aminzadeh here.
Is there enough resemblance where I could believe a police officer made an honest and reasonable mistake? Yes.
Might that police officer also have been racially profiling – or targeting family of a visiting player? Also yes.
I’d also like to hear more about the “tried to arrest him” part. That seems like quite the escalation for a situation where police had the wrong man. It’s also possible Ayesha’s perception of events doesn’t match the police’s honest perception.
It’s always interesting the number of people who rush to side with one party or another in these situations. We’re missing a lot of information. I’m sure not making any judgments based on what I know.
The Warriors – most notably Stephen Curry and Draymond Green – lost their composure in their Game 6 loss to the Cavaliers last night.
One Golden State player who remained relatively calm: Klay Thompson.
How did he do it? He removed himself from the situation entirely.
When the Warriors drew a foul in the final seconds, Thompson left the bench and went to the locker room during the free throws. ABC cameras showed him 19 seconds of real time before the game ended, and he was already well into the bowels of the arena.
In the grand scheme, it’s not a humungous deal. But there are players who would be put through the ringer – cough, LeBron James – for doing that. Thompson literally abandoned his teammates who were stuck wallowing in their own misery in front of a jubilant crowd. No Warrior wanted to be there at that moment, but they had to be (at least beyond Curry, who got ejected for his tirade).
Thompson should have waited. End of the world? No. But he should have waited. If there’s ever a time to show you’re teammates you’re all in this together, that was it.
Stephen Curry fouled out of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and he was so upset about the sixth foul, he threw his mouth guard into the crowd and had to be restrained from the referee.
That was nothing compared to the reaction of his wife.
Ayesha Curry (a screen shot because it was deleted):
She followed it up with interesting tweets, starting with why she took it down.
About the calls.
No, not every call on Curry was abundantly correct. His fifth foul – on an apparent steal against Kyrie – looked particularly clean on the swipe. But Curry got away with plenty of contact before going for the steal.
Curry has looked bad defensively throughout this series, far worse than the average-or-so standard he set on that end during the regular season. The Cavaliers are targeting him as a result, and that means more opportunities to foul.
And Curry is fouling. He was way too handsy throughout the game, especially after he got into early foul trouble.
Are the NBA and its business partners happy about this series reaching a Game 7? Probably. It’s another chance to rake in revenue.
But there’s nothing about Curry’s fouls tonight that suggests the league manipulated the game.
He committed fouls and got called for them. Unlike Stephen and Ayesha, I’m far enough from the emotions of the situations to say that.