The NBA recently announced a zero-tolerance policy for flopping during the playoffs. That's a no-warning $5,000 penalty for the first flop, then $10,000, $15,000 and $30,000 for the second, third and fourth offenses, respectively.
With this new rule in mind, I compiled some info about the recent history of NBA fines. I covered everything from the most commonly fined offenses to the largest fines, social media fines and the most fined players, coaches, teams and owners.
As you likely know, Mark Cuban is one of the most interesting franchise owners in all of pro sports. After making billions in the sale of Broadcast.com to Yahoo!, Cuban purchased a majority share of the Dallas Mavericks for about $285 million in 2000. He is known for his eccentric and loud personality, and will say or do pretty much whatever he wants to say or do whenever he wants to say or do it.
This has not always worked out well for Cuban. Since he became owner of the Mavericks he has been hit with 19 fines by the NBA, 11 of which were for either interacting with the refs in an inappropriate way or criticizing their ability to make the right calls.
In total, these fines amount to $1,840,000. That's more than three times as much as the next most fined individual in the NBA since 2000—Micky Arison has been fined twice for $525,000.
Cuban is responsible for 10 percent of the total dollar amount of fines in the NBA since 2000. All other owners combined are only responsible for 9 percent of the total, and coaches are responsible for 8 percent. Players and teams are responsible for 34 percent and 39 percent respectively. The team percentage is largely affected by a $3.5 million fine incurred by the Timberwolves in 2000 for circumventing the salary cap.
The single largest fine against Cuban came in 2002 after the Mavericks lost to the San Antonio Spurs. He claimed that the refs were looking the other way as Tim Duncan committed multiple traveling violations throughout the game. Post game, Cuban was quoted as criticizing the League's Director of Officials Ed Rush, saying.
"Ed Rush might have been a great ref, but I wouldn't hire him to manage a Dairy Queen."
Somehow this was deemed worthy of a $500,000 fine—which is ridiculous—but I would say is probably worth it in Mark Cuban's eyes. The fine was twice amount Cuban was fined for allegedly dropping multiple F-bombs on David Stern at a game. I will never understand how these amounts are decided upon.
Although Cuban may seem like he is a bit irresponsible at times, he actually does something rather impressive each time he is fined. According to him, he matches each fine he receives from the NBA dollar-for-dollar with a donation to a charity of his choosing.
That's over $1.8 million in donations if what he says is true. In addition, fine money in the NBA is supposedly donated to charity as well, so that could be up to $3.6 million of Cuban's money donated simply due to NBA fines.
Mad respect for Mark Cuban and this generous gesture. Plus, to be frank, even if he didn't donate all that money, I wouldn't mind. Most times he is fined it is for doing something very reckless and hilarious, which does not bother me in the slightest.
Keep up the good work, Mark Cuban.
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