The Kings levied a “substantial fine” on DeMarcus Cousins for repeated run-ins with the media.
How much is “substantial”?
Bill Lindelof of The Sacramento Bee:
A source who was knowledgeable about the fine but not authorized to speak publicly told The Bee it was $50,000.
James Ham of CSN California:
Cousins has yet to make a statement on the matter and no further action is expected from the NBA.
I’d call that substantial. That’s twice as much as the NBA has fined anyone this season.
If the league doesn’t add punishment, everyone can move on. Cousins’ already poor reputation takes a hit, and his $16,957,900 salary is shrunk a bit. But there needn’t be any lasting effects.
As long as Cousins stops this self-destructive attitude with the media.
The Hawks got Trae Young his desired help, trading for Jeff Teague.
Maybe Young will do his part and step up on defense.
That didn’t happen on this possession against Spurs guard Dejounte Murry.
At least Young continued his breakout season on the other end, scoring 31 points and dishing nine assists in Atlanta’s rare victory in San Antonio.
What is it about Cleveland athletes slapping butts and getting in trouble?
Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces a simple battery charge for slapping a police officer’s backside in LSU’s locker room after the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Last night, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got ejected for slapping Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder‘s behind.
Thompson and Crowder got double technical fouls earlier in the game. So, Thompson got ejected with a tech for this incident between free throws.
Though the two are former Cleveland teammates, Crowder didn’t look amused. Crowder doesn’t play.
The Cavs rallied without Thompson, but Memphis won, 113-109.
NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle.
Barrett was hurt during the Knicks’ loss to Phoenix on Thursday. On Friday, he had X-rays, which were negative.
The Knicks announced afterward that Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week.
The No. 3 pick in the draft from Duke is averaging 14.1 points.