July 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Huskies fined for playing in Alumni Game
Four former Washington players were fined $15,000 by the NBA for participating in last month’s UW Alumni Game.
The story was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports and confirmed by the Seattle Times.
The all-star game, which drew 19 former UW standouts, was not sanctioned by the NBA.
Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, Philadelphia 76ers forward Spencer Hawes and Memphis Grizzlies guards Quincy Pondexter and Tony Wroten Jr. were fined by the league, according to Wojnarowski.
The other NBA players in the game included Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross, Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson, Justin Holiday, Justin Dentmon, Brandon Roy and Will Conroy. Robinson, a free agent, spent the entire season in Chicago while Holiday, Dentmon, Roy and Conroy had short stints in the league last season.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and 3 Point Productions organized alumni events on June 23, which also included a Legends Game, three-point shooting competition and slam dunk contest. The Alumni Game attracted a sold-out crowd to Alaska Airlines Arena and was considered a smashing success.
Players talked about making the game an annual event and Romar seemed to endorse the idea.
Before the game, Romar, a former NBA player, said he received the proper clearances from the league for the former UW stars to compete. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement says players can’t play in public offseason games prior to July 1 or after Sept. 15 without league approval.
According to the UW Ticket Office, Washington distributed 7,705 tickets and kids under 12 received free admission.
In an email last week, a UW spokesman said school officials were determining the costs and revenue generated from the game. Any profit would go to the men’s basketball sports fund, he said.