Iguodala fined for ‘recklessness’

Andre Iguodala
IGUODALA: Poorer by $25,000.

NEW YORK (AFP) - Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala has been fined $25,000 for “recklessly” throwing a ball into the stands during a game on Saturday, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said Monday.

Iguodala received a technical foul and was ejected from the game after the incident, which occurred after time expired in the second quarter of the Warriors 115-105 victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland.

Iguodala, unable to corral a loose ball before the halftime buzzer, then heaved it from half court over the basket and into the crowd.

He was issued the technical foul and tossed from the game for a “hostile act”.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wasn’t surprised that Iguodala was ejected.

“If you throw something into the stands — a mouthpiece, a ball or whatever — you get ejected,” Kerr said. “I guess the distinction the officials had to make was, was that a shot? Was he just throwing the ball toward the hoop at the end of the half? Was it out of frustration? And they deemed it was out of frustration.”

Meantime, Washington Wizards star John Wall will undergo season-ending surgery to repair bone spurs in his foot, the NBA team announced Saturday.

Coach Scott Brooks made the announcement during the Wizards’ 130-126 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

The 28-year-old Wall is expected to be sidelined for six to eight months because of surgery on the left heel and then rehab, the team said.

Doctors determined the procedure is necessary for Wall to fix a problem that has bothered him for more than a year. On Saturday, Wall met with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended the surgery.

Deciding to have the operation now should allow Wall to return healthy for the start of next season.

“I’ve been with him for almost three years,” coach Scott Brooks said of Wall. “He’s as tough as they come. He never complained.

“He wanted to compete for his team, but it got to a point where he had to make some tough decisions. And that’s why he met with a specialist.”

Wall is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists per game.