Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined 25k for throwing a ball into the stands following a 115-107 loss to Denver on Monday night.
"From a competition and competitive standpoint, I think it absolutely deserved to go in the stands still," said a defiant Irving. "You just don't play basketball like that.
"It's as simple as that. You just don't. There's a tradition and a respect within the league, as well as in any basketball game. Obviously you've won the game, you have it sealed, you've had a great game, game of your life, and you do something like that, it's just ... it's petty. It's immature.... We'll see him again though."
Kyrie was heated by a last-second 3-point attempt by Nuggets guard, Jamal Murray, who was trying to reach 50 points.
Murray claimed that no disrespect was intended, but Irving isn't buying it.
"I mean, when everyone knows the intent of it, I think it just makes it clear of what's going on," Irving continued. "Obviously, I'm watching, and I'm watching the play at the end of the game, and I'm just watching to see if he's really gonna shoot the ball.
"That's just so thirsty of a player to just go after something like that. Clearly, 50 points is a big deal, but get it within regulation. Take it as a man, get your free throws and get to 50 points. But you don't wait 'til the end of the game, when everybody's not playing, to just launch up a shot and then nonchalantly go like this [shrugs shoulders] as if it doesn't even matter."
Uh oh. Seems like fans can expect a few fireworks when Irving and Murray next meet on the court.