HoopsHype Fines rumors
Exactly a week after Nate Robinson made comments about being a "target" of NBA referees — an eternity of time to be punished for mere words — the league fined him $25,000. The fine came as a surprise to his head coach, Brian Shaw. "I was actually surprised today when I got notification that he'd gotten fined," Shaw said Friday. "I know that it's something that we've been working with him on, in terms of, I tell him every game, 'Let me deal with the referees, you just play the game.' "But we know he's a fiery competitor and seems to always have to have the last word." Denver Post
A day later, Raptors swingmen Rudy Gay and Terrence Ross found the whole thing hilarious. "I thought it was genius," Gay said. "Honestly. Honestly. That's the name of the game, to find loopholes in things," he said, before cautiously adding, "Supposedly. I'm not a PhD in reading lips, so I can't say what he said. He might have been talking with someone on the sidelines." Added Ross: "That's a player tactic. He got away with it. They'll probably make a rule about it next year." Toronto Sun
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki receives flop warning (vs. Denver on Nov. 25). See video at http://nba.com/official Twitter
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams have each been suspended one game without pay for fighting after Bogut initiated an incident by elbowing Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland in the jaw. In addition, for escalating the incident, LaMarcus Aldridge has been fined $45,000, while Wesley Matthews and Draymond Green have been fined $20,000 each. RealGM
Baxter Holmes: Gerald Wallace fined $10K for using profane language during postgame media availability, the NBA announces. #celtics Twitter @BaxterHolmes
Baxter Holmes: Celtics' Jared Sullinger received flop warning from NBA after this play: on.nba.com/18oEOZU Twitter @BaxterHolmes
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