Well it appears like the weak group of dunk competitors for this year’s NBA Sprite Slam Dunk might make things interesting. It has been reported by Espn.com that first year participant Tyrus Thomas has been fined $10,000 by the team. Thomas was fined for what the team called unprofessional remarks from the first year player.
Tyrus Thomas was selected for the 2007 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk competition on Monday. Four players are chosen by the NBA to participate in the event. It is considered a privilege and honor to be selected for any of the events related with the All Star Game. When selected, you are representing your team and the league. Tyrus Thomas’s recent comments made his selection look like a bad one at best.
Thomas is the first player since Scottie Pippen to participate in the competition from the Chicago Bulls. After it was found out that he was selected, the media stormed the young player and asked him how he felt about participating in the event. “I’m just going to go out there, get my check and call it a day”, responded Thomas.
His comments became worse when he talked more about the event and what he though of being in the presence of a celebrity panel of judges. Thomas responded with, “”I’m just into the free money. That’s it. I’ll just do whatever when I get out there.”
A rookie player like Thomas makes enough money so that the grand prize of $35,000 should not seem like much. His comments made him look like a player who is only competing for money and not for the game that he loves. The Chicago Bulls felt that he deserved to be fined for the remarks that he decided to make.
“This fine is an appropriate response to the remarks Tyrus made concerning his participation in the slam dunk contest,” Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said in a statement.
“It is a poor reflection on Tyrus individually and a poor reflection on the Bulls organization, and I am certainly disappointed. The league office has chosen Tyrus to participate in one of its All-Star events and that is an honor that should be accepted with humility. I spoke to Tyrus this morning and am confident he understands that he made a mistake with his words and that he also understands the importance of representing the Bulls and the NBA in a positive way.”
The fine will be deducted from Thomas’s paycheck this season.
Espn.com. “Thomas slammed after saying contest about money”. [Online] 6 February 2007.