The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph $25,000 for a verbal altercation he started following his team’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder last Wednesday.
As we reported last week, Randolph and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins were both hit with technical fouls and ejected on Wednesday after engaging in a heated on-court argument with 2:05 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ 107-97 win in Oklahoma City.
CBS Sports reports that after the ejection, Randolph allegedly hunted Perkins down, and the two continued their war of words near the OKC locker room.
At first it was believed there was a police investigation due to a possible physical altercation, but those rumors were shot down pretty quickly.
The NBA investigated the issue and ruled Monday to fine Randolph for his part in the verbal melee. The fine was announced by NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson.
The feud between Randolph and Perkins is nothing new.
The Bleacher Report points out:
Last season in the Western Conference semifinals, Perkins disagreed with teammate Kevin Durant’s assessment that Randolph was the best power forward in the league.
Things got even spicier when Randolph said Perkins was “too slow” to defend him, adding, “all Perk can do is foul me.”
For the season, Randolph, an 11-year NBA vet, is averaging 16.7 points and just under 14 rebounds per game. Prior to his ejection last Wednesday, the 31-year-old had 20 points and 11 boards.
You can watch the on-court altercation that led to Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins’ post-ejection spat in the video below: