The LA Clippers have been fined $50,000 for tampering by the NBA for feedback head coach Doc Rivers made about Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard earlier this week.
Whereas the league didn’t specify which feedback violated the anti-tampering rule, Rivers in contrast Leonard to Michael Jordan whereas breaking down the Raptors matchup with the Golden State Warriors on ESPN’s NBA Finals preview present.
“He’s probably the most like Jordan, that we have seen,” Rivers mentioned after former Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson talked about Leonard on Tuesday’s preview present. “Like, there’s numerous nice gamers. LeBron [James] is phenomenal. KD [Kevin Durant] is phenomenal. However he’s probably the most like him.
“Huge palms. Publish recreation. Can end. Nice leaper. Nice defender. In-between recreation. For those who beat him to the spot, bumps you off. You then add his Three-point taking pictures. I by no means get into who’s the very best participant. Magic is the very best participant, Michael Jordan is the very best participant, LeBron. But it surely’s that very same group.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned Rivers “crossed a brilliant line” when requested what the Clippers coach ought to do when he seems on a present that will require his evaluation of different groups’ gamers.
“I might simply say Doc has been at this for a very long time,” Silver mentioned in a video posted by the Boston Globe on Friday. “It isn’t a enjoyable a part of my job ever fining anybody. And I perceive the curiosity of the media in listening to a coach’s view a couple of present NBA participant however it’s one thing the place there is a brilliant line on this league and you are not allowed to do it.
“And head coaches or group executives in these positions, you simply say, I am not permitted by the league to reply to that query. And it is a steadiness of curiosity. I perceive that. However he sadly crossed a brilliant line.”
The Clippers might have $54 million in cap area to pursue free brokers this summer time in response to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Leonard, who’s initially from the Los Angeles space, might be among the many Clippers’ high targets.
Earlier than Johnson lately stepped down as president of basketball operations for the Lakers partly because of the tampering restrictions that got here together with the front-office place, the previous Lakers nice drew a warning from the NBA after an look on “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” wherein he made tongue-in-cheek, wink-wink kind remarks about Paul George and the Lakers.
The Lakers have been later fined $500,000 after an NBA investigation for tampering with George and one other $50,000 when Johnson later praised Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.