Wizards’ Drew Gooden fined $15,000 for “clamping” Nick Young’s arm

epa04135711 Los Angeles Lakers Nick Young (L) get wrapped up with Washington Wizards Drew Gooden (R) during the second half of their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 21 March 2014. A spat broke out and Gooden was called for a flagrant foul and ejected from the game along with Lakers Jordan Hill. The Wizards won the game. EPA/MICHAEL NELSON CORBIS OUT
Drew Gooden’s tussle with Nick Young ended up costing Gooden $15,000. (Michael Nelson Corbin/European PressPhoto Agency)

DENVER – Drew Gooden’s punishment for engaging in a late-game tussle with Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young didn’t end with the Wizards backup big man being assessed a flagrant foul penalty two and an automatic ejection during the Wizards’ 117-107 victory. The NBA fined Gooden $15,000 on Saturday for “committing an unnecessary act by clamping” Young in an attempt “to throw him to the floor.”

With roughly two minutes left in the game, Young missed a runner in the lane and got entangled with Gooden as the two fought for the rebound. Gooden trapped Young’s arm and swung wildly, falling to the ground in a move that could’ve caused serious harm. Young didn’t fall but retaliated by shoving Gooden near the neck, leading to a separate exchange between Marcin Gortat and Jordan Hill.

Gooden left the game after scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds, collecting his first double-double since signing with the Wizards on a 10-day contract in late February. In 11 games with the Wizards, Gooden is averaging 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds and has a player efficiency rating of 24.49, which would rank ninth in the NBA is sustained over the entire season.

Young received a technical foul and Hill also received a technical foul and got an ejection, but the NBA didn’t assess any further penalty to either player.

The altercation with Young cost Gooden a total of $17,000, because players are fined $2,000 for their first ejection of the season.

The NBA has fined Wizards players and Coach Randy Wittman a total of $82,000 this season. John Wall has accounted for $19,000 of total, collecting $4,000 in penalties for two technical fouls and another $15,000 for directing inappropriate comments to officials after a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Trevor Ariza has been fined $8,000 for picking up three technicals and getting ejected for arguing a non-call in a loss against Toronto. Ariza was given a taunting call for swinging on the rim after a dunk in the win over the Lakers.

Nene has given the league $8,000 for getting three technicals and an ejection in the Wizards’ overtime loss in Oklahoma City. Marcin Gortat has picked up three technicals and Trevor Booker has two.

Wittman was fined $20,000 for using inappropriate language in his postgame news conference while criticizing his team’s commitment to playing defense after a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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