Sunday, March 18, 2007
Updated: March 20, 11:15 AM ET
Celtics fined for excessive contact with Durant family
ESPN.com news services
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics confirmed Sunday that the team had
been fined $30,000 by the NBA for excessive contact with the family
of University of Texas star freshman and likely lottery draft pick
General manager Danny Ainge sat next to Durant's mother during
the Big 12 tournament. The league said Ainge violated rules
demanding that contact be kept to a minimum between team executives
and potential NBA draft picks, until college players officially
declare for the draft.
The NBA also fined Charlotte Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan $15,000 for discussing Durant during an interview last week.
Team coaches and executives are barred from talking about
underclassmen who have yet to declare for the NBA draft. But in an
interview with The Charlotte Observer last Tuesday, Jordan said he
was interested in versatile players and added, "The kid who may
present that is the kid in Texas. [He] may have that because he has
all the right signs."
SI.com, which first reported both fines, also reported that the Warriors were fined $15,000 each for comments coach Don Nelson made about Durant and Greg Oden in an interview that appeared on their Web site on March 9.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.