Jul 3, 2013, 8:45 AM EST
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.
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