One of the written rules is that heaving the ball into the crowd is a no-no, as Boston Celtic noble Kyrie Irving discovered when, in a fit of pique, due to his perception that he was being disrespected, threw the ball well into the crowd in a loss to the Denver Nuggets in Denver.
“I mean, what kind of competitor wouldn’t it bother? Irving asked reporters after the game. “I understand if we fouled him, going to the free-throw line. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. But the ball deserves to go into the crowd after an (expletive) move like that. So I threw it into the crowd.”
Needs of the ball aside, Irving’s heave cost him $25,000, which is a (expletive) amount of money.
“Definitely unprofessional,” said Celtics forward Marcus Morris. “If I was out there, I probably would’ve done something. He’s a young player. He’ll learn.”
Morris was not referring to Irving’s chucking the ball into the stands. That must have been, in his eyes, entirely professional.
No, he was talking about young Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, who was, GASP!, trying to score points in a basketball game.
Said young Murray, “I was trying for 50.”
Murray was on 48 points and wanted to make it to or past 50 for the first time in his professional career.
“The game is over,” said Celtics guard Jaylen Brown. “I felt like it (Murray’s last attempt) was a little disrespectful.”
Pity the plight of the poor NBA players. It is not enough to be paid millions for bouncing a ball and throwing it through a hoop. Without respect, the money means nothing.
The Nuggets, perennial bottom dwellers, have won nine games against one loss in the 2018 – 2019 NBA season.
The Celtics have won six and lost four.
Respect to the Nuggets. To the Celtics, not so much.
If you as a player, or collectively as a team, want to prevent a player from dropping a half-ton on you, try guarding him.