Well who didn’t see this coming? Just a few days after Monty Williams gave his opinion on the NBA’s current concussion policy, Williams found himself without $25,000.
Williams was fined for these comments here:
“The better he feels in the next couple of days, it helps the situation,” Williams said before Saturday’s game at the United Center. “But when you’re dealing with the brain, I guess what’s happening in football it’s impacted everybody. So he got touched up a little bit last night and I’m sure that happens a lot in basketball. It’s just that now you treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers. It’s just getting old, but it’s just the way the league is now.”
“I’m not saying I don’t like it; we’ve got to protect our players,” Williams said in Chicago. “I’m sure I had four or five concussions. When I played it didn’t bother me. The NBA is doing what’s necessary to protect the players but this is not the NFL. You don’t get hit in the head that much. I understand it, but as a coach I’m a baby about it. I want my guys ready to play.”
The comments came before the Hornets game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, due to Anthony Davis not being able to travel due to a concussion he suffered in the previous game.
Monty Williams’ comments were not very harsh at all, but the NBA has a very strict policy when it comes to publicly challenging league rules and officials.
Williams was not the only person to receive a fine from the NBA on Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake was also fined $25,000. Blake’s fine was a little more deserving that Williams but apparently Steve Blake had some inappropriate choice words for a fan who simply told him to “you need to knock down those open shots”, during the Lakers loss to the Clippers.
Here is the video of Blake making an effort to have a not-so-friendly conversation with a fan sitting courtside: