NBA fines Clippers $50Okay over Kawhi-related feedback

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The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for feedback made about Kawhi Leonard and his harm standing.

FILE PHOTO: Oct 26, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and ahead Kawhi Leonard (2) in opposition to the Phoenix Suns at Speaking Stick Resort Area. Obligatory Credit score: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports activities/File Picture

On Wednesday, the league stated it accepted the Clippers plan to take a seat Leonard, who was listed on the harm report with an ailing knee, within the first of back-to-back video games. He didn’t play in a 129-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks – a sport that was nationally televised by ESPN.

However a comment later made by coach Doc Rivers caught the eye of the NBA.

“I believe Kawhi made a press release that he’s by no means felt higher. It’s our job to verify he stays that means. That’s essential. However he performed plenty of minutes within the playoffs final yr,” Rivers stated. “So, it’s not, uh, a well being factor actually. It’s in some methods. We would like him to simply maintain feeling higher and getting higher.”

In a press release saying the positive on Thursday, the league stated it continued to imagine that Leonard has an harm however questioned Rivers’ remarks.

“Following further evaluate of the LA Clippers not taking part in Kawhi Leonard in final night time’s sport in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA has confirmed that the crew’s determination to take a seat Leonard for administration of an harm was in line with league guidelines,” the assertion learn. “The crew has fairly decided that Leonard is affected by an ongoing harm to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been positioned by the crew presently on an harm protocol for back-to-back video games.

“The NBA has fined the Clippers $50,000 for statements, together with by head coach Doc Rivers, that have been inconsistent with Leonard’s well being standing.”

The Clippers host the Portland Path Blazers on Thursday night time on TNT, and Leonard is predicted to play. The ahead, who signed as a free agent with the Clippers within the offseason, has but to play each video games of a back-to-back this season and final performed in a set in April 2017, when he was a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

Leonard performed in simply 9 video games for the Spurs in 2017-18 attributable to a quadriceps harm and performed in simply 60 of 82 regular-season video games for the Toronto Raptors final season.

—Area Degree Media