According to multiple reports, including this one from Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the NBA has fined Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden $15,000 for engaging in a scuffle with Nick Young.
The NBA fined Gooden $15,000 on Saturday for “committing an unnecessary act by clamping” Young in an attempt “to throw him to the floor.”
In an attempt to grab an offensive rebound, Nick Young’s arm got caught in between Drew Gooden and Gooden proceeded to swing him to the floor in an awkward motion that definitely could’ve hurt Young’s shoulder. Was it a dirty play? Well, in my opinion, it could’ve been avoided.
I’m sure Gooden didn’t intentionally try hurting Nick Young, but the foul certainly didn’t look pretty and it caused a bit of a scene late in the fourth quarter. Young obviously wasn’t too pleased at the moment and proceeded to shove Gooden while he was on the ground. Again, it all could’ve been avoided if Gooden didn’t swing his arm.
These sort of plays happen in the NBA from time to time, so I’m surprised Gooden got fined without even getting ejected during the game. As Michael Lee pointed out on Twitter, Drew Gooden is making over $7 million from the Milwaukee Bucks via the amnesty clause so the $15k fine won’t hurt him much.
Regardless, it seems like the Wizards have gotten fined way too often this season, including Randy Wittman’s F-Bomb fine, John Wall’s complaints about officiating, and now the Gooden “clamping” fine.
I’m interested to see if Gooden will make any comments toward the situation, as I’m sure the media members will bring up the matter before tomorrow night’s Wizards game against the Denver Nuggets.