Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson was recently ejected and fined by the NBA for throwing his shoe into the crowd during a fourth-quarter loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Dwyane Wade, who recently return from a two-week paternity leave, welcomed the rangy forward into an exclusive club as a result of it.
“I just told him ‘Welcome to the $25,000 fine club. You've made it, son,” said Wade, according to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. “We've all been there before. So let's just move on.'”
Richardson's outburst started after he thought he was fouled moments earlier and no call was made, part of a frustrating night in many respects for the Heat, who took a 113-97 loss to the Lakers and fell to 6-10 on the young season.
Wade's return to the lineup comes at a pivotal time, as the Heat will be without starting point guard Goran Dragic for the next three games and combo guard Tyler Johnson for the upcoming tilt against the Brooklyn Nets.
The veteran franchise icon will be thrusted into an immediate participation, despite missing the last two weeks of action after the birth of his daughter — but will have to grease up the wheels in hopes to give the Heat a much needed jolt of energy with two of their key rotation players out.
Richardson will be once again relied on for the bulk of the scoring, and will be expected to log heavy minutes under Erik Spoelstra, after getting only 25 minutes against the Lakers and failing to record a 3-pointer for the first time this season.