NBL fines Crosswhite, Walker, Madgen and Robbins
The NBL also examined an incident in the last minute of the third period of the Perth Wildcats-Adelaide 36ers game at Perth Arena on Friday night.Nothing for Tovey?
Accordingly, the NBL has today issued the following fines:
- Sydney's Ian Crosswhite and Melbourne’s Lucas Walker have each been fined $500 for unnecessarily joining in an on-court scuffle;
- Sydney’s Ben Madgen has been fined $500 for unacceptable contact to Melbourne Tigers player Seth Scott;
- Melbourne Tigers court announcer Wayne Peterson has received a $500 fine for breaching the NBL’s rules during the incident regarding acceptable behaviour from a court announcer. This fine has been suspended but will come into effect if the court announcing guidelines are breached again by Peterson; and
- Perth’s Brad Robbins has been fined $500 for unnecessarily joining in an on-court altercation.
The NBL has also issued the following warnings:
- Sydney’s Aaron Bruce has been formally warned for significantly exaggerating contact by Melbourne’s Chris Goulding in the third period of the game which led to an unsportsmanlike foul being assessed on Goulding; and
- Sydney head coach Shane Heal has been formally warned for leaving the designated bench area during the on-court scuffle for purposes other than those allowed under FIBA Rules.
I don't mind seeing a bit of action taken here. These incidents can be entertaining, but the unnecessarily rough play can really detract from the game.
With live-ball situations, unfortunately the league and refs would need to whistle foul-fests for weeks and weeks on end before teams started to tone down the defensive play. And it would come as many teams catch up in the style of play and intensity that's brought success in past years.