The NBA has fined the Dallas Mavericks US$100,000 over their bench antics, Sunday. The team was violated for going against the leagues bench decorum.
The penalty was for their game-two loss against the Golden State Warriors during the Western Conference Finals.
Byron Spruell, president of league operations, has stated that the amount that the Mavericks were fined reflects not only their antics during the Golden State match but also their previous bench conduct during the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
“On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period in the Mavericks team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on or encroaching upon the playing court during game action,” Spruell said.
It has been a recent pattern for Mavs players to create a commotion on the bench during gameplay.
Mavs owner, Mark Cuban, is likely not going to be too bothered by the teams increasing fines. Coach Steve Kerr has also said that he didnt much mind the teams antics.
“I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t interfere with the game,” Kerr said. “I love the fact that Dallas’ bench is energetic and talking trash and into it. I think that’s what fans want to see. They want to see a team that cares and they want to see energy and chemistry. So I love it, but when it interferes with the game, that’s when it crosses the line.
“So I think that’s the only thing I’m concerned with, if there is a play that … if there’s a person on the court, person who is standing up calling for the ball, that’s a little too much. But otherwise, I really enjoy it. I think it’s great.”