The NBA hit Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson with a $10,000 fine on Monday for "pushing Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams from behind and striking him in the chest," which are two not-so-nice things to do. Maybe not quite as bad as head-butting a dude, but still, not exactly friendly behavior.
The pushing/striking in question took place during Denver's 109-81 preseason loss to the Thunder on Oct. 15, at the 10:59 mark of the fourth quarter:
It's not entirely clear what precipitated Robinson's discontent with the Thunder's 7-foot first-round draft pick out of New Zealand-by-way-of-Pittsburgh, but evidently something upset the 5-foot-9 guard enough to lead him to take a swipe at Adams after Derek Fisher's make. The referees immediately slapped Robinson with a flagrant foul-2, which carries with it an automatic ejection; Robinson finished with 10 points and three assists in 13 1/2 minutes in the blowout loss, and now his bank account's 10 stacks lighter. (As reminders to keep your cool go, that's not a bad one.)
Robinson earned one ejection last season with the Chicago Bulls, receiving a flagrant-2 for this takedown of Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson. You can take the cornerback out of football, but you can't take the football out of the cornerback, I guess.
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