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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 3:15 pm  |  13 responses

Knicks Fined $200K for Illegal Workouts

The NBA gave the Knicks a very light slap on the wrist for illegal workcouts one of their scouts ran during the Isiah Thomas Regime. From the NY Times: “The N.B.A. has fined the Knicks $200,000 and one of their scouts $20,000 after concluding that the scout, Rodney Heard, conducted workouts of college prospects that violated league rules, according to two people made aware of the league’s actions. The Knicks were notified of the punishment Wednesday. The fines are expected to be announced later Thursday afternoon. The punishments stem from workouts conducted by Heard in Atlanta in May 2007 and May 2010. Heard, who has been with the club since 2006, was promoted to East Coast scouting director in 2008. The punishment is generally in line with previous cases that involved violations of draft workout rules, although some team executives had expected the Knicks to be forced to forfeit future draft picks as part of any punishment. The Knicks hold the option of imposing further discipline on Heard, who joined the organization when Isiah Thomas was the team president.”

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  • toinefan88

    This is unHeard of.

  • LakeShow

    its really shown to give them great drafting abilities

  • karma

    I’d love to be a scout.

  • vtrobot

    but Eddy Curry never worked out, so it’s sort of a wash.

  • MUBWAR

    Is that why Fields is soo good? You cheaters…

  • http://www.myczechrepublic.com SAB

    200k?!? please god no!!

  • bnets

    they should get fined 200 million

  • bnets

    funny how knicks cheat and still sucked for a decade

  • MikeC.

    The only reason the league didn’t make NY forfeit draft picks is that NY doesn’t actually have any. Ever.

  • the Dude

    Yes MikeC. the Bockers have been mediocre for some time now. Since the Oakley/Ewing/Starks days anyway.

  • RunNGun

    Wow… what a slap on the wrist. What a disgraceful ruling.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    id like to thank the knicks for this. this is where brandon rush got hurt. he then rehabbed and helped ku win the ncaa title the next season. awesome!

  • MikeC.

    @the Dude – They haven’t been mediocre. They’ve been awful. Instead of capitalizing on their awfulness by drafting good players in the lottery, they have traded their 1st round picks en masse in a vain attempt at achieving mediocrity. Hence, my joke about the Knicks not having any draft picks to forfeit via league fine.

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