The NBA wants to make sure the Brooklyn Nets follow injury protocol in the future. The league fined the Nets $25,000 for “failing to comply with league policies governing injury reporting.”
The NBA did not reveal the exact reason for the fine. The Nets currently list Jarrett Allen, Jamal Crawford and Joe Harris on their injury list. Crawford, 40, lasted just 6 minutes with the team before leaving Tuesday’s game with a hamstring injury.
Nets lost a number of players before league restart
The Nets were decimated by injuries and opt outs before the NBA restarted its season. Both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were not going to play in the restart due to injuries. Irving had shoulder surgery in March. Durant is recovering after tearing his Achilles in June of 2019. Nicholas Claxton is also out after undergoing shoulder surgery in June.
The team also lost a number of players before the restart. Michael Beasley, Wilson Chandler, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince did not join the team when the season restarted. Chandler, Dinwiddie and Jordan all opted out. Chandler wanted to be closer to family. Both Dinwiddie and Jordan tested positive for coronavirus and decided not to play.
Clippers received bigger fine this year
The Nets are not the only NBA team to violate injury protocol this season. In November, the NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 after Doc Rivers said Kawhi Leonard was healthy. Days before that statement, the Clippers sat Leonard due to a knee injury. The NBA initially sided with the Clippers, agreeing that Leonard was injured, but fined the team after Rivers indicated Leonard was completely fine.
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