We’ve seen a number of weird fines this season. Orlando Magic big man Wendell Carter Jr. lost $ 35,000 for throwing his glasses at an official, and Kyle Kuzma received $ 15,000 for giving a fan a middle finger, for failing to name a few. Now the Sacramento Kings and Assistant General Manager Wes Wilcox have joined the roster for their own bizarre incident.
On Thursday, the NBA announced that the Kings’ organization had been fined $ 50,000 and Wilcox fined $ 15,000 after Wilcox faced off against staff at the scoring table in the recent victory of the l team against the Miami Heat. League rules prohibit team owners and managers from interacting with the scorer’s table during play.
At the start of the third quarter of this game, there was a jump ball with just 1.5 seconds left on the shot clock for the Heat. The point was eventually circled by Heat’s big man Omer Yurtseven and he knocked down a midrange jumper from the baseline. However, it appeared in real time that the shot clock started late and had more time than it should have. The Kings looked around in confusion, while head coach Alvin Gentry also shared his feelings.
During the next timeout, Wilcox approached the table to complain. It’s not clear exactly what he did or said, as it wasn’t on the show, but you obviously can’t have a team leader trying to influence the game in that way. The NBA agrees, which is why they were handed a hefty fine.
Adding insult to injury (monetary), Wilcox wasn’t even right. The NBA rulebook states that “After a jump ball or a missed free throw, the shot clock shall start when a new possession is obtained.” This is different from an inbounds situation, where the timer starts when the ball is touched.
In this play, Yurtseven bobs the ball and it takes a short time for him to gain full possession. That’s why this room looks weird and the shot clock seems to start late. However, based on the rulebook, the shot clock operators made the right decision.