According to a Yahoo Sports report, Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes and several other NBA players have been fined $15,000 each by the league for their participation in an unsanctioned charity/alumni game at the University of Washington a few weeks ago.
The other players who were fined included the Memphis Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter and Tony Wroten, and the Sacramento Kings’ Isiah Thomas. Other players also participated, including Chicago’s Nate Robinson and Toronto’s Terrence Ross.
The game took place at the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmunson Pavilion in Seattle and was organized by University of Washington men’s basketball head coach Lorenzo Romar.
According to the NBA’s rules of the new CBA, players aren’t allowed to take part in unsanctioned basketball games before July 1st or after September 15th without the approval of the league.
So, David Stern and his band of merry men (NBA owners) now want to have a say in when players can compete in events on behalf of their schools? Spencer Hawes has been much maligned recently by Sixers fans for some of his play on the court for the team. This event seemed totally harmless and nothing that defines something that merits a $15,000 fine.
It was the first time that the University of Washington had ever organized an alumni game and it was a success. The two teams featured pre-2009 draftees (including Hawes) and post-2009 draftees. The post-2009 draftees were victorious by a final score of 107-103. Hawes’ stat line in a losing effort included 21 points and 17 rebounds for the pre-2009 team. The MVP of the game was Isiah Thomas with 24 points.
At the event, Hawes praised his alma mater for the event’s organization.
“It’s a testament to the program and how much it’s grown to be able to put something like this on,” Hawes told ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton. “There’s not a lot of schools that have enough guys and enough support from the community that you could pull something like this off.”
Event organizers were reporting for a turnout of 5,000. The Hec Edmunson Pavilion was filled its capacity of 10,000 and many more fans had to be turned away due to the event reaching capacity.
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