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Dwight Howard fined $35K for flagrant-two foul on Kenneth Faried, but no suspension

Dec 27, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard has been fined $35,000 for the flagrant-two foul he committed by shoving Kenneth Faried in the face on Wednesday, the league announced in an official release.

The league cited Howard’s “excessive contact with Faried above the shoulders” as the reason for the fine, and watching the multiple replays, it’s hard to disagree.

The Lakers went on to lose in Howard’s absence, but they were well on their way before he was ejected with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter for his actions.

Occasionally the league overreacts with its discipline for plays like these, but in this case, everything would seem to have been handled perfectly.

The officials on the scene made the quick and decisive call ejecting Howard at the time, and a fine was warranted, but a suspension was not — and Howard will not be suspended for this incident.

This is obviously good news for a Lakers team that sits at just 14-15 on the season, and needs to start stringing together large chunks of victories just to land itself back in the playoff picture.

L.A. next plays Friday night, when they will host the Portland Trail Blazers.

  1. chargerdillon - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Laker fan, and I’ll just say it because everybody who’s not a totally biased fan is thinking it.

    The only reason they didnt suspend him is the NBA is praying they can make money off the Lakers logo being in the playoffs. Lakers bring rating which bring more money for the NBA.

    Just like you saw Stern fine the Spurs for not playing their stars in a primetime game, you’ll see him protect the Lakers brand when they deserve just the same punishments as any other player.

    From an unbiased perspective, Dwight Howard is no superstar anymore, he doesnt play like one. Lamar Odom was more of a superstar as the 6th man than Dwight Howard is a superstar.

    Maybe Dwight was a superstar on a nobody team like Orlando, but he’s a role player on the Lakers.

    • dmcannon99 - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:22 AM

      Yeah, that’s why Stern blocked the Paul trade.

      Must be nice living in that alternate universe…the one where you have that unbiased perspective.

  2. chargerdillon - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    And let me just say ANDREW BYNUM > DWIGHT HOWARD

    We thought we got a dream deal getting Howard, if not for Byunums injury, the Lakers would be looking all the more foolish.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      yeah, Bynum is having an excellent year for the Sixers. I totally regret trading a 24 year old with arthritis who plays about 40 games a year.

    • dko83 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      I’m hating on Dwight just as much as every non-Laker fan, but I’d still take the kid that mops up sweat from the floor over Bynum…

  3. kavika6 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Definitely deserves a suspension but his foul wasn’t as bad as Wade’s or j.r. smith’s.

  4. fanofevilempire - Dec 28, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    his foul was not that bad……………

    but why did he even do it he could of just went straight up…………….

    brain fart, as Kobe would say, hey it happens!

  5. omniusprime - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Glad the NBA didn’t go sadistic in punishing Howard for his mild facial on Faried. At least he didn’t get suspended any games. Still his frustration foul comes from the fact that Dumbtoni is a total dunce at defense. That little idiot buss boy had better fire Dumbtoni and pick up Phil Jackson quick before the lowly Nets unretire him.

    Go Howard!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!!

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