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Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

Nov 1, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York Reuters

Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that.

On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on Friday. The most offensive of those tweets, from the NBA’s perspective, was when one fan asked him what it felt to be one of the greedy pigs ruining the NBA:

“Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.”

That apparently set off other owners, according to Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

According to multiple league sources, commissioner David Stern was lobbied by some of Arison’s fellow owners to levy the stiff fine. Arison and several of his peers have been at growing odds as the lockout has deepened — a rift which spilled over into cyberspace last week.

The owners are not a unified front right now. There are some that think they’ve gotten enough and its time to get back to basketball. The players are not a unified front either, there are some who think that they make a good living even with a 50/50 BRI and they should get back to work.

But right now those are not the people driving the bus. The hardliners are still in that seat. So here we are on the day the NBA was to open its season without basketball talking instead about fines on owners. Ain’t that swell.

  1. sonofsambowie - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    I hope Bryant Gumbel is preparing another plantation overseer speech for this one..

  2. kook8 - Nov 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Lakers win yeas

  3. savocabol1 - Nov 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I’m shocked Kurt didn’t try to blame this all on Dan Gilbert

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 1, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      I’m going to take a wild guess and say Gilbert was one of the owners wanting a bigger fine.

    • goforthanddie - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM

      That’s another article, not sure who wrote it, but it’s here somewhere.

    • savocabol1 - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      You guys do realize that PBT is pretty much the only blog site that is blaming Dan Gilbert and Paul Allen for all the lockout troubles, right?

      PBT’s motto, when in doubt blame Dan Gilbert!

  4. therealhtj - Nov 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Well 500K is really chump change considering what might’ve happened if they pinned a collusion charge on him and the tres pindejos last summer.

  5. burnsy - Nov 1, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    I’m glad Stern fined him because I was worried about where he’d get the money to give himself a bonus.

  6. goforthanddie - Nov 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    The other owners are also pissed he has Wade/Bosh/leb.

    • boondocksaint224 - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      Something tells me Mark Cuban doesn’t have any trouble sleeping at night over Wade and company.

  7. mgscott - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Go get em Dan Gilbert!

  8. ghelton03 - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Time to stop the Dan Gilbert’s and Paul Allen’s from trying to run the league. The big owners need to step up and take back control from these small market, loud mouthed owners. If Stern can’t get control of the owners, get someone in there that can and do it quick.

  9. lucky5934 - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    I am sure the other owners were angry because they were outed. They need to be adults and accept responsibility on their stances. Unity doesn’t mean media silence. Unity entails everyone being on the same page. NOT going to the commish and asking him to enforce the fine because one owner said he wasn’t the problem.

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