Thursday , Jun , 14 , 2012 Matt Formica

Kevin Garnett Fined $25,000

Kevin Garnett Fined $25,000

Hoopsvibe’s Very Quick Call:  It’s too easy to get fined in the NBA these days.

Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 by the NBA today for failing to speak to reporters immediately following the Celtics game 7 loss to Miami this past Saturday.

Really??  I understand that rules are rules, but I think in this case, the NBA has gone too far.

One can imagine that you’re not the happiest after a loss in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.  Furthermore, Garnett, who will be an unrestricted free agent this coming summer, may have played his last game in a Celtics jersey.  I’m sure the guy was going through a lot of emotion after that loss to the Heat and the last thing he wanted to do was talk to the media about it or about the pending uncertainty of his future in Beantown.

But screw him.  Who is he to be emotional after a loss and not want to talk to the media??  Let’s fine him for that.  (Hopefully you picked up on the sarcasm).

Granted, a $25,000 fine probably isn’t that significant to a player who’s salary this year is $21.2 million, but I still don’t think it’s right.  The league can argue that the players have a job to do and part of that job is talking to the media.  Fine.  But there are always exceptions and if you ask me, losing game 7 and not wanting to speak to the media after, falls in that exception category.

But I’m not David Stern. 

And while Stern has done well by the league in many ways, I think he gets a little too "fine-happy."  We all remember back in 1985 when Stern fined Michael Jordan $5000 every time he stepped foot on the court in the new Nike Air Jordan 1 for the sole reason (no pun intended) that the shoes didn’t match the Bulls’ uniform.  (Even though the shoes and the uniforms were the exact same colors).  On a side note, Nike paid the fine every game.

Regardless, the incessant fining of players has become commonplace in today’s NBA.  And while it is appropriate in many situations, in others, like in the case of Mr. Garnett today, it’s borderline ridiculous.

It will be interesting to see how much Stern fines himself for the comments he made on the Jim Rome show.

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