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NBA punishes Lakers for violating anti-tampering rules

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NBA punishes Lakers for violating anti-tampering rules

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2017 – The NBA announced today that it has fined the Los Angeles Lakers $500,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule. This action followed an independent investigation by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. 

The conduct at issue involved communications by Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka with the agent representing Paul George that constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract. The penalty reflected a previous warning issued by the NBA to the Lakers regarding tampering, following comments made by Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin Johnson about Paul George during an April 20 national television appearance. 

The investigation did not reveal evidence of an agreement or understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire Mr. George.

The NBA’s anti-tampering rule prohibits teams from interfering with other teams’ contractual relationships with NBA players, including by publicly expressing interest in a player who is currently under contract with another team or informing the agent of another team’s player of interest by one’s own team in that player.

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Curry takes small step in recovery

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Curry takes small step in recovery

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry stepped onto the Warriors practice floor Sunday with only his attire and a slight limp giving away his injury status.

Though the Warriors are not yet able to deliver a timeline for his return, Curry will miss at least another 12 days and, realistically, probably closer to four weeks.

The good news for the Warriors is that Curry’s sprained right ankle was not in the walking boot he had worn since sustaining the injury Monday in New Orleans. He was wearing gray sweats over a black pair of his signature shoes.

“He’s doing fine,” coach Steve Kerr said. “No work on the court or anything. Just getting treatment. He seems to be doing well.”

Kerr also provided updates on the other injured players, center Zaza Pachulia and guard Pat McCaw. Pachulia has missed two of the past three games with left shoulder soreness and McCaw has missed the last two games after sustaining a concussion last Monday.

Both, however participated in light, non-contact drills on Sunday.

“We’ll see tomorrow how everybody is (Monday),” Kerr said.

McCaw is listed as questionable and Pachulia as doubtful. Draymond Green, who played 38 minutes on Friday, is listed as probable with the soreness that his nagged his right shoulder over at least the past week.

Steph Curry's game-used 2016 NBA Finals jersey sells at auction for...a lot

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Steph Curry's game-used 2016 NBA Finals jersey sells at auction for...a lot

Everything Steph Curry touches...turns to cash, apparently.

The jersey that Curry wore during Games 4 and 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cavs sold at an auction over the weekend, and the winning bidder paid a lot for it.

According to GoldinAuctions.com, the Curry jersey, which he autographed and and inscribed with '2016 NBA Finals Game Used," sold for $58,920. The listing received 28 bids.

Curry wore that jersey in two memorable games. In Game 4, he scored 38 points to help give the 73-win Warriors a 3-1 lead over the Cavs. But the Warriors couldn't close out the Cavs in Game back in Oakland, so they were forced to make a return trip to Cleveland. In Game 6, Curry famously snapped when he was called for his sixth foul. He yelled at the refs and threw his mouthpiece into a fan sitting in a courtside seat. The Warriors would lose that game and go on to drop Game 7 in Oakland, becoming the first team to play a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Curry's jersey was part of Goldin's 2017 Holiday auction and only one item sold for a higher price: 1999 Pokemon 1st Edition PSA GEM MT 10 Complete Set, which sold for $100,655.