Derrick Favors is learning the hard way that some actions in the NBA have costly consequences. The second-year Utah Jazz player was ejected late in the third quarter of Thursday's 94-91 loss against Dallas after he threw a basketball. On Saturday, the NBA threw a $25,000 fine right back at Favors for the incident. In a statement, Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the hefty penalty, which accompanies "throwing a ball into the spectator stands." Whether that actually happened remains the question. A TV replay at NBA.com showed the ball was flung by Favors in an underhand motion toward the tunnel and the end of the Dallas bench. The ball didn't appear to go into the stands. Favors admitted he lost his cool after being called for a second offensive foul. "It was just a caught-up-in-the-moment thing," Favors said before the fine was announced. And Favors admitted he was "surprised" by how big of a fine he incurred. His teammates were also stunned when word spread. The 20-year-old said he'll "definitely try to fight" to get the penalty decreased, something he'll have to do with the NBA office through his agent.
NBA slaps Favors with $25,000 fine
The Deseret News | Jan 22