Not long after the LeBron James-McDonalds marriage was announced, it looks like No. 23 will be giving some of his endorsement money back to the NBA as he was fined $25,000 for his actions during the January 27th game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Following a game where his opponent Dwyane Wade was sent to the free throw line 13 times in one half of basketball, James was frustrated over a lack of foul call during a drive to the basket. In what resulted in a bit of a temper tantrum, James was assessed a technical foul and proceeded to kick a water bottle. The bottle flew in to the stands which is a big violation in the league’s eyes and would have resulted in an ejection had the officials witnessed the actions.
In what was an all-around busy day for the Cavaliers despite not playing a game, James’ teammate Delonte West was granted a continuance for his role in the September 2009 weapons charges. West’s original court date was slated to be on February 18th, but his legal staff asked for the two-month delay.
Brian Windhorst reports that if West and his team are unable to reach a plea bargain by the new date (April 16), he could in fact miss the playoffs to attend a trial. After this time, he could also be handed a suspension from the NBA causing him to miss time during the most crucial point in the season. This will definitely be something to keep an eye on as one has to assume that West’s staff is doing what is best for their client. Cavs fans simply have to hope that this is also aligned with what is best for their client’s employer that has stuck with him through thick and thin.
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