Miami Heat veteran Markieff Morris just got slapped with a $25,000 fine by the NBA for a rather contentious incident in their Game 5 win over the Atlanta Hawks. At this point, however, Morris does not appear to be too concerned with the hefty payout.
Morris was assessed with an unsportsmanlike foul on De'Andre Hunter for supposedly preventing the Hawks forward from re-entering the basketball court after Hunter went out of bounds near the Miami bench. For his part, Morris claims that he was merely trying to prevent Hunter from falling. The next time this happens, the Heat forward says that he intends to take a different approach:
“Next time, I’ll just let him fall. I guess that’s what it is,” Morris said, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I’ll just get out of the way and let him fall, even though I know DeAndre, too.
“He came with a lot of force, too. He hit me hard. But next time I just got to let him fall.”
Here's a look at the incident in question involving the Heat veteran:
Markieff Morris got a tech while on the bench for holding onto De'Andre Hunter. pic.twitter.com/MMxwPrczHg
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 27, 2022
Be that as it may, Morris also said that he won't be sweating the fine one bit:
“I already made a bunch of money,” he said. “I ain’t worried about that little-bitty-ass money.”
$25,000 might be a lot of money for simple folk like you an me but clearly, it means nothing for the Heat veteran.