Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah are now each $15K poorer, after being fined by the NBA for their mini-brouhaha Monday.
Wizards’ players DeJuan Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas were also suspended one game for leaving the bench area during the skirmish.
From the press release:
Additionally, Noah has been fined $15,000 for initiating an altercation with Pierce by pushing him in the chest and Pierce has been fined $15,000 for hitting Noah in the forehead with his left index finger, it was announced (Wednesday) by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 85-81 win over the Bulls on Monday, October 6, at United Center.
The suspensions will be served during the first regular season game for which each player is eligible and physically able to play.