Andre Iguodala experienced a rare ejection on Saturday, when the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers. Iguodala was on the court when the halftime buzzer rang, at which point he flung the basketball very high and very far, though in the direction of the hoop. It ended up deep in the stands, and he was subsequently ejected.
The ejection felt a little odd, as players always take a wild shot at the end of a quarter, even if it’s well after the buzzer. Admittedly, Iguodala’s shot was a bit more wild and casual than most, but ejecting a player based on how you interpret their half court fling seems a little weird.
Or, as Iguodala put it, “how do they know my depth perception?”
Draymond Green said Steve Kerr came into the locker room at halftime and told the team Andre Iguodala had been ejected for throwing the ball into the crowd. Everyone was confused. Iguodala’s explanation: “I was trying to shoot. How do they know my depth perception?”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 30, 2018
To add insult to injury, Iguodala was hit with a $25,000 fine to accompany the ejection. Ouch.
Golden State wing Andre Iguodala has been fined $25,000 for “recklessly” throwing the ball into the spectator stands in a game against Portland over the weekend.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 31, 2018
One can imagine that the former All-Star and Finals MVP is none too pleased with the punishment. Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t seem too pleased with it either, saying at Monday’s shootaround that “I forgot that stuff came with a fine.”
Kerr on Iguodala’s fine: “I forgot that stuff came with a fine.”— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) December 31, 2018
That may be the last time Iguodala tries a ceremonial half-court shot for a while.