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Heat star Josh Richardson fined $25,000 for tossing shoe into crowd

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Josh Richardson’s wallet is a bit lighter after the NBA decided to fine him for tossing his shoe into the crowd which led to his ejection from the Miami Heat’s Sunday night showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 25-year-old forward lost his shoe after coming down from a missed dunk attempt midway through the fourth quarter. Josh Richardson thought he was going to the free throw line after it, but instead, he picked up a frustration foul — his fifth personal foul of the game.

The Heat star then let his temper get the best of him as he went to the bench and was ejected after launching his shoe into the crowd.

Now, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Josh Richardson has been fined $25,000 for it.

Josh Richardson is one of the brightest young stars in the game. He’s having a great year with the Heat, averaging career highs in points (20.4), rebounds (4.0), and assists (3.3) while playing just under 35 minutes per game. The former second-round pick is also shooting a ridiculous 44.8 percent from deep on 6.6 attempts per game.

Despite the outburst that resulted in his ejection, Josh Richardson is growing immensely as a player this season. Perhaps the hefty fine handed down by the league will be enough to convince him to keep his emotions in check in the future. Either way, the Oklahoma native has an extremely bright future and he’s starting to find his rhythm with the Heat. He’s improved in every season thus far in his career and this season seems to be no exception.