Not surprisingly, criticizing referees is the most common reason to be fined. "Fan confrontation" is the second-most. As far as individual punishments go, the most costly fines tend to be for fighting, social media faux pas, and the always-ominous "violating team policy."
Your decade winners (because this is absolutely a competition):
- Player most often fined: Rasheed Wallace. Paid the most money: Vlad Radmonovic, who had to shell out $500,000 for a breach of contract after injuring himself snowboarding during the all-star break.
- Coach most often fined: Phil Jackson edges out Larry Brown.
- Owner most often fined: Mark Cuban, obviously, and no one else has more than two. Cuban shares the crown for the single costliest fine: He paid up $500,000 for saying he wouldn't hire league director of officials Ed Rush to manage a dairy queen. Heat owner Micky Arison also got slapped for $500,000 for an inappropriate tweet about CBA negotiations during the lockout.
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NBA Fines: Ballers Behaving Badly [SeatCrunch]