After a frustrated Steph Curry fouled out Thursday night and hurled his mouthpiece into the crowd, the NBA decided they had to Do Something:
NBA star Steph Curry and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr were each fined $25,000 for their actions during Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Curry fouled out of the game — the first time he has done so in his professional career — and threw his mouthpiece into the stands, forcing the officials to eject him. His wife, Ayesha, tweeted after the game that it was “rigged” in order to force a Game 7 between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kerr was slapped with a fine for criticizing the referees after Curry fouled out.
The projectile in question wasn’t aimed at anyone, but it did hit a fan; Curry duly apologized to the fan.
Still, 25 large isn’t going to hurt much. Said Gerard Van der Leun: “Curry makes that much during tip-off.”
Which is almost true. Steph Curry’s reported salary for this season was $11,370,786, which is far enough over $100k a game for him to consider this pocket change.
While looking up that number, I came across a startling fact: of the fifteen Warriors on salary, four are paid more than Curry. Splashmate Klay Thompson is the highest-paid, at $15,501,000. And both of them are already under contract for next season, so they’re not going to get huge raises. (Thompson gets 7.5 percent; Curry, 6.5.)
For the record, Golden State has the fourth-highest payroll in the league, with $93,631,286 in salaries. The highest? Cleveland, with $108,300,458. (LeBron gets about 21 percent of that.) In between, the Clippers and, yes, the Thunder.