Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett has been fined $25,000 for failing to speak to the media following a game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Frustrated over their loss and consequently, the end of their season, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo left the court with time still on the clock. The rest of their teammates left without shaking the hands of the Miami Heat, who had just won the NBA Eastern Conference Championship. Many wondered if the players would be reprimanded for their actions.
It should be noted that Garnett was fined for not talking to reporters, and not for leaving the court early, ESPN reports.
Despite leaving the court early, Rondo did speak with the media after the game.
Garnett's fine was announced Wednesday by Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, the Boston Herald reports.
Garnett is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, CBS Boston reports. There is a lot of talk that after a 17 year illustrious career, he may decide to retire.
Garnett's longtime friend and former Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics teammate, Sam Cassell, who is currently an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, told ESPN that as recently as 10 days ago, Garnett was still considering retiring, but Cassell was trying to persuade him to play as long as he could. Cassell also commented on whether or not he could see his friend and former teammate choosing to play elsewhere.
"KG is a loyal guy," Cassell said. I can't see him playing for anyone else but Doc at this point."
Garnett scored 14 points Saturday in the Celtics' 101-88 loss against the Heat, the Boston Herald reports.