After John Wall received the 2013-14 NBA season's first flop warning, his former Washington Wizards teammate earned the year's first fine, as Andray Blatche caught a $15,000 rip from NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn "for making an obscene gesture" during the fourth quarter of the Brooklyn Nets' 101-100 win over the Miami Heat on Friday.
The gesture in question, in case you missed it, came after a 3-pointer by Nets guard Joe Johnson that pushed Brooklyn's lead over the two-time defending champs to 12 with 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. A clip of it is embedded below; here's where we note that it's a gesture the NBA has considered to be obscene and fine-worthy, and, as such, it might not be suitable for all viewers, so buyer beware:
Yep — Blatche busted out what appeared to be a variant of the Sam Cassell dance from the bench, and the NBA once again confirmed its anti-elephantiasis stance.
The league levied the same $15,000 penalty against then-Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli for a similar performance after he made a big 3-pointer against the Nets during Game 7 of the teams' first-round playoff series back in May. While a pretty steep punishment for dancing, it's significantly less than the $25,000 fine Eddie House received for doing the same thing back in January 2011. (I'd actually have understood it if the NBA had been harder on Blatche; I mean, he wasn't the one who made the shot, or even on the floor when it happened.)
Blatche finished with nine points and six rebounds in 25 minutes of playing time in the Friday night win. He followed that up with a rough Sunday, missing six of seven shots and scoring just two points in the Nets' blowout loss to the Orlando Magic.
Video via theassociation.
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