The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for statements that were "inconsistent" with superstar Kawhi Leonard's health, including one head coach Doc Rivers made.
The league also released a statement detailing the reigning Finals MVP's ongoing patella tendon injury in his left knee, which Leonard wanted to keep private.
"I mean it was shocking, but it doesn't matter to me," Leonard told reporters after Thursday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, including ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "I'm not a guy that reads the media anyway. We're going to manage it the best way we can to keep me healthy and that's the most important thing, me being healthy moving forward."
Rivers said Leonard felt "great" prior to Wednesday's prime-time showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks, a game the All-Star sat out due to load management.
The league determined Rivers' comments contradicted its load management protocol.