Report: Warriors’ Andre Iguodala fined $25,000 for recklessly throwing ball into stands
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been fined $25,000 by the league office for “recklessly” throwing the ball at the crowd during a Saturday night road win over the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Iguodala was ejected at halftime for his actions, a decision some of the Warriors players and staff questioned before heading to the locker room.
The longtime veteran was visibly bothered by the last possession of the Warriors’ half, which wound up empty after Damian Lillard impeded a clean half-court look at the basket. Even after the buzzer sounded, Iguodala retrieved the loose ball and slung it toward the basket, air-mailing it over the backboard and landing in the stands.
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Officials viewed it as a “reckless” act, given that it could have sniped someone in the crowd, yet the intent part remains questionable, given that it wasn’t a direct dodgeball-like attack, but rather an act of frustration with little ill intent.
By the letter of the law, the NBA was required to fine him after his half-time ejection; but Iguodala won’t be further punished for his actions, still able to take the floor for one last time in 2018 against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.