Knicks' Bobby Portis Fined $25K for Flagrant Foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Blake SchusterContributor IJanuary 8, 2020

New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. Portis was ejected from the game after the foul. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Knicks forward Bobby Portis has been fined $25,000 for "recklessly making contact" above the shoulders on Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in Tuesday night's game at Staples Center, per The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charania.

Portis' arm caught Caldwell-Pope across the side of his head as the latter went up for a dunk early in the second quarter of Los Angeles' 117-87 victory over New York.

The 24-year-old big man was given a flagrant-2 foul call and ejected from the game. 

Tuesday night marked the third career ejection for Portis; however, he's already been fined quite a few times by both the league and teams he's played for. 

According to Spotrac, Portis has been fined nearly $120,000 in four years. That total does not include Wednesday's $25,000 fine by the league. The Arkansas product is on a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks that includes a club option for the 2020-21 season. 

Playing primarily off the bench, Portis has seen his numbers take a dip in New York. In 37 games, the forward is averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. Both numbers are below his career averages. 

All of that is irrelevant when it comes to Portis' flagrant foul Tuesday. With the Lakers up 39-30 and nearly eight minutes remaining in the first half, Portis flung himself at Caldwell-Pope while the guard was elevating toward the basket in transition. 

Portis knocked the headband off Caldwell-Pope's head and caused him to collapse to the court as he tried to land. The Laker remained prone on the court for a bit before trying to return to the game as concussion tests proved negative. 

"It wasn't intentional at all," Portis told reporters after the game. "I went for the ball. My intent was never to hurt anybody or anything like that. Just trying to make a play on the ball. Missed the ball and hit him in the head. My apologies to Caldwell-Pope. Happy to see him go out and do his thing, come back into the game and impact the game."

That didn't do much to make the Lakers feel better, including LeBron James, who spoke to reporters about the foul:

"It was [dirty]. There was no play on the ball [by Portis]. I saw the windup happen before the actual impact. I saw the way he was chasing KCP down. And then the windup. I saw that play happening before it actually happened. So, I just voiced my words to what happened, and then the refs came in between us. But I knew it definitely wasn't a basketball play."

Caldwell-Pope finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the Lakers' victory. 


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