Delonte West's first inclination was to fight city hall.

He wanted to appeal the $25,000 fine the NBA tagged him with Wednesday for his finger to the ear of Utah's Gordon Hayward. Then, he thought better of it.

"When you've been to the principal's office," West said, "you don't really want to go back and see that ruler again."

West felt the NBA poke back at him as the league doled out the fine, which amounts to what West makes in about 21/2 games. At least he didn't lose his sense of humor over the fine, which is considerable since he makes the NBA veteran's minimum of $1.18 million.