It didn’t take long for David Stern to hand out his fines and suspensions for the brawl that took place on Sat night between the Nuggets and the Knicks. In case you missed it, 10 players were tossed from the game after a hard foul from the Nugget’s Mardy Collins on JR Smith sparked a crazy brawl. Here’s the video of it. You can see the Carmelo does the most damage during the fight.
Stern gave Melo a 15 game suspension for sucker punching Mardy Collins. Here’s the rest of the suspensions:
- Nate Robinson and J.R. Smith: 10 games
- Mardy Collins: 6 games
- Jared Jeffries: 4 games
- Jerome James and Nene: 1 game for leaving the bench
The Knicks and Nuggets organizations were both fined $500,000 each for putting a black eye on the NBA.
Meanwhile, Isiah Thomas is coming under heat because he appears to tell Carmelo Anthony prior to the flagrant foul by Collins, “Hey, don’t go to the basket right now. It wouldn’t be a good idea. Just letting you know.” They didn’t get Anthony but maybe that’s why he was so heated during the brawl. Zeke told him he was going to come after someone and the Knicks did. Anthony confired that’s what Isiah said to him and reported it to league officials. However, Stern said that he had no definitive information about what Isiah said when handing out punishments. Still, there’s no question that Isiah meant it as a threat. Isiah is a terrible coach and a punk. He always has been. In his playing days, he’d hide behing Bill Lambeer but now he gets to hide behind a suit.
[Yahoo]: Anthony suspended 15 games, no suspension for Thomas