It seems that these days, tweeting, snowboarding, and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to a fine in the NBA. So, I decided to find a list of the biggest fines in NBA and their record holders. Let’s take a look.
The most fined player for the number of fines is Rasheed Wallace, who has been fined 8 times for a total of $205,000.
Vladimir Radmanovic is the player with the largest fine amount which is $500,000. He earned this fine for injuring his shoulder while snowboarding, which is in direct violation of his contract, to keep himself healthy and safe in the offseason.
The most fined coach, for both the number of fines and total amount fined, is Phil Jackson for a total of $380,000 and a total of 8 fines.
Coaches are most often fined for criticizing the referees.
Phil Jackson, Larry Brown, and Doc Rivers are the top 3 most fined coaches.
Brown with 7 fines totaling $117, 500 and Rivers with 6 fines totaling $115,000. These 3 coaches together account for 23 of the 54 fines given to coaches.
The two teams that have been fined the most are the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets.
Both teams were fined on two separate occasions for a total of $700,000.
The Knicks and Nuggets both received fines for $500,000 for the fight they were in at Madison Square Garden in 2006.
The Los Angeles Lakers are the team with the most total number of fines with 6 fines, totaling $725,000.
The largest team fine in NBA history is from 2000, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for $3.5 million. They were caught trying to secretly go over the salary cap for the year. This is also the largest fine amount that has ever been issued in the League.
The most fined owner is Mark Cuban, for 20 fines totaling $2,240,000.
This is about 10% of all fines since 2000. Cuban is the most fined owner, he is also the most fined individual person in NBA history, in terms of both total number of fines and total amount fined.
His largest fine to date, $600,000 was for saying that the Dallas Mavericks should tank for the rest of the 2017-18 season. Cuban says every time he gets fined, he matches that amount and donates it to a charity of his choice.
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