Kings fined by NBA after assistant GM confronts clock operator


The Kings have been fined $50,000 by the NBA after assistant general manager Wes Wilcox violated league rules Wednesday night when he confronted the clock operator at Golden 1 Center during Sacramento's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Wilcox also was levied with a $15,000 fine.

Under NBA rules, team owners and executives are prohibited from interacting with scorer's table personnel during a game.

"The incident took place during a timeout with 10:50 remaining in the third quarter of the Kings’ 115-113 win over the Miami Heat on Jan. 2 at Golden 1 Center, when Wilcox left his seat to confront operations personnel at the scorer’s table about their handling of a clock procedure during a jump ball," the NBA wrote in a press release. "The clock procedure at issue was, in fact, administered correctly by the shot clock operator."

The Kings have had issues with clock operators in two straight games, including their game against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and neither instance went their way.

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Sacramento's next game comes Friday night on the road against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. The Kings will look to end their two-game losing streak.