Basketball Wiretap

Mark Cuban Fined $600,000 By NBA For Tanking Comments

Feb 21, 2018 4:44 PM

Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 for public statements detrimental to the NBA, it was announced today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Cuban’s comments, which concerned his perspective on the team’s competitive success this season, were made during a podcast that posted on Feb. 18.

Cuban revealed that he told his players that losing was the Mavericks' best option.

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Draymond Green Fined $50,000 By NBA

Feb 9, 2018 5:17 PM

Draymond Green has been fined $50,000 for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred at the end of the second quarter during the Warriors’ 125-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena.

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Lakers Fined $50,000 For Magic Johnson's Comments On Giannis Antetokounmpo

Feb 6, 2018 2:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for a violation of the NBA's anti-tampering rules.

Magic Johnson made comments about Giannis Antetokounmpo in a recent media interview.

The Lakers also received a tampering fine in the offseason over Paul George.

"Oh yeah," Johnson told ESPN. "With his ball-handling skills and his passing ability. He plays above the rim I never could do that. But in his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That's where we [have the] same thing. Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play. I'm just happy he's starting in the All-Star game because he deserves that. And he's going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he's going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he's going to bring them a championship one day."

Johnson continued in his praise for Antekounmpo.

"He's special," Johnson said. "A man that can handle the basketball like he can and be a great -- he's probably the greatest athlete we have in the league today. And then his understanding, his basketball IQ is off the chart. He not only can score for himself, but also he can pass that basketball like a point guard. So when you think about all the skills that he has, block shots, rebound, can put the ball on the floor, can score, can assist, can make the pass. We've never had anybody in the league like him. And also too, he's like the number one -- he's right up with LeBron, with KD and Steph [Curry] as the entertainer. He's an entertainer so people will go see him."

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