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Spencer Hawes, other players fined by league for playing in Washington alumni game

Jul 3, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Spencer Hawes AP

There is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.

The letter of the NBA law says that players cannot participate in exhibitions of any kind between July 1 and Sept. 15 without the approval of the league.

Yet a handful of players did just that, competing in University of Washington alumni event in June. Now they are going to pay the price — the league has announced a $15,000 fine for each of them, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers forward Spencer, Memphis Grizzlies guards Quincy and Tony Wroten and Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas for participating in a June 23 game at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, league sources told Y! Sports.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar put the game together. The big news out of the game was Brandon Roy admitting his playing days were numbered.

What is the harm here? What is the point of fining guys for playing in a college alumni game? This is just petty by the league, where they care about the letter of the law, not the spirit of it.

  1. loubearkane - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    It says no exhibition games between July 1 – Sept. 15th
    The game was June 23rd

  2. darrenjamesmorgan - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    If we’re talking letter of the law, how can they be fined if the game took place on June 23rd? On my calendar, June 23rd does not fall between July 1st and September 15th.

  3. sportsguy88 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    That’s pretty dumb by the NBA. But then again how hard is it to get clearance? Does the NC ProAm get clearance by the NBA?

  4. cawood68 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    if they cant play in an expedition game July 1 through September 15 what’s wrong with playing on June 23rd?

    • nbascreed - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      You would think Kurt would’ve researched that?

  5. tcclark - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    $15,000 for these players but $5000 for a Lebron flop? Glad to see where your priorities are Stern…

    • brutl - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Or $0 for a Tony Parker flop. Not even on back to back flops.
      You talk like Lebron is the only one, like he invented it. Nope, it was there long before him and will be there long after him.

      • jonevans511 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        You’re right, brut. But Lebron has aspirations to be on a level with Jordan/Magic/Kobe. If so, cut that flopping ish out Bron. Dude’s a freaking TANK. He needs to continue using his body to his advantage while at the same time using his freakish athleticism to avoid contact in situations where the offender/defender has the positioning. Parker flops because he’s made it an aspect of his game- not defending or bashing him, just saying Bron is on another level and doesn’t need to flop to be a stud.

      • tcclark - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        Wow I said all of that with the words “Lebron Flop?” Someone’s a little too sensitive

  6. 13arod - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Jeremy Lin played in a game were is his fine

  7. money2long - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    guys went wild with exhibitions during the lockout. they felt free.

  8. paleihe - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    That’s a pretty stupid rule.

  9. ss3walkman - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Wow.. I open the gym for the Seattle area players to hoop Tuesday and Thursdays and for Jamal’s ProAM league. Will they get fines for that too? Ridiculous

  10. djax10isthebomb - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Spencer Hawes is a total jerk. I’m happy he was fined, I wish it was for a whole lot more.

  11. albertmn - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Well, given that most contracts are guaranteed, or partially guaranteed, I totally understand the teams and the NBA not wanting guys playing in games where they could get hurt. I know it seems like a little much, but if you are investing millions in these guys you should have the right to limit any activities that would potentially leave you paying them to sit in a suit instead of playing on the court.

  12. ramblingalb - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    It’s to protect the league in case a player wants to play in an exhibition to raise money for a controversial topic, such as abortion or whatever. Asking for permission just allows the league to investigate.

  13. philadelphiafan - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Quincy Wroten?

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