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NBA fines Hornets coach for concussion comments

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New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams' fervent desire to get rookie forward Anthony Davis back on the court quickly proved costly.

The NBA fined Williams $25,000 on Monday for comments made Saturday that denigrated the league's concussion policy, multiple media outlets reported.

Davis was hurt Friday in the Hornets' home win over the Utah Jazz, and he didn't play Saturday as New Orleans beat the Bulls in Chicago.

"When you're dealing with the brain, I guess what's happening in football has impacted everybody," Williams said Saturday. "He got touched up a little bit last night. That happens a lot in basketball. It's just that now they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now."

Williams added, "It's a man's game. They're treating these guys like they're 5 years old. He desperately wanted to come (to Chicago), but he couldn't make it."

According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Davis is questionable for Wednesday's home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Ryan Anderson would start again if Davis remains out, the newspaper reported.

Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds Oct. 31 in his NBA debut against the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with eight points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes against the Jazz.

Anderson contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds against the Bulls while filling in for Davis.
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