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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-09-18

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-09-18

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-09-18The Warriors might have gotten soft over the course of the last year, but the NBA proved in September it still wields a pretty powerful hammer.

One year after the Warriors took disciplinary matters into their own hands, suspending Monta Ellis for a scooter accident that violated terms of his contract, the NBA announced it had fined Stephen Jackson $25,000 for comments the league deemed "detrimental to the NBA."

Jackson was quoted by "Dime Magazine" in August as saying he wants out of Golden State and that he'd prefer to finish his career with a playoff contender. He mentioned the Cavaliers and the three Texas clubs as being among his preferred destinations.

The Warriors took the remarks in stride. Both coach Don Nelson and general manager Larry Riley insisted Jackson, who signed a three-year, $28 million extension through June of 2013 last season, would remain a key player in the team's effort to return to the playoffs.

However, the NBA didn't take kindly to the team captain's statement.

"It's against league rules to request a trade publicly," NBA vice president of communications Tim Frank told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Therefore, a fine was issued."

Such a fine was not unprecedented. The NBA also fined Ron Artest during the 2005-06 season for making similar demands while he was playing for the Pacers.

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Added: September 18, 2009


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