Source: No discipline for Haywood
The league office does not plan to take any action regarding the alleged punch that Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said Haywood threw into the back of Magic center Dwight Howard during the Mavs' comeback victory Friday night, according to a league source on Monday.
Van Gundy said he turned in video for the league to review. Haywood has maintained his innocence saying that things can get testy between players, but that he never threw a punch.
"Dwight doesn't have a problem with me. I don't have a problem with Dwight," Haywood said after the Mavs' practice Sunday. "So the only person that really has a problem here is Stan."
Haywood was back in action Monday night as the Mavs play host to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Van Gundy accused Haywood of punching Howard in the back twice during one possession. Howard played 44 minutes in the game, recording 19 points and 15 rebounds.
He then missed Saturday's practice and then Sunday's game, a 104-101 home loss to Denver, with back spasms. It was just the third game Howard has missed due to injury in his eight-year career.
"It's really ridiculous and I want to get it on film and send it in (to the league office)," Van Gundy said following Saturday's practice, according to OrlandoMagic.com. "Haywood just punched him literally with a closed fist right in the back. So (Howard) got through the game because he was loose, but then it really tightened up.
Haywood, who had missed the previous seven games with a sprained right knee, called Howard the most physical player in the league and said he took a couple of shots from Howard during the game.
Making an appearance on "The Ben & Skin Show" on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Monday morning, Haywood joked that he was training with boxer Floyd Mayweather to train for his next fight.
He said he doesn't know what the video Van Gundy sent to the league shows because the Mavs found no evidence of a full-blown punch when staff scoured the game film.
"I guess he's got something no one else has," Haywood said. "Like I said, it's a physical game and sometimes guys get testy with elbows thrown, forearms, but no one throws any punches out there. Most of the NBA guys, without a doubt, it's all WWE to us. We're fake tough guys. No one throws any real punches. It's unfortunate Stan feels that way. I know he has to protect his guy, but that's just not the case.
"No one has any footage of it I guess except him, so unless he had (assistant coach) Patrick Ewing on the bench taping with his iPhone, I don't think that really happened."