Shams Charania reports that NBA has fined assistant coach David Vanterpool $10,000 and the Nets an additional $25,000 for Vanderpool “interfering with play” at the end of Wednesday’s game vs. the Wizards. The veteran assistant stuck his hand out while standing on the sidelines, deflecting a pass between the Wiz’s Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyle Kuzma...
Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool has been fined $10,000 and the Nets’ organization has been fined $25,000 for Vanterpool interfering with live play on Wednesday night.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 21, 2022
The NBA decision will have no effect on the outcome of the game which the Nets won by one point, 119-118.
Earlier in the day, it had been reported that the Nets assistant coach and the team were “under investigation” for Vanterpool’s deflection of pass at the 5:45 mark of the fourth quarter of a close game. The deflection was not caught by any of the game’s three refs but YES Network cameras showed clearly Vanterpool’s had striking the ball.
Kristian Winfield of the Daily News wrote Thursday afternoon...
The NBA is investigating a live-ball interference between Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool and a pass from Washington Wizards’ Spencer Dinwiddie on Wednesday.
The expectation is that the league comes to a decision in the next 24-to-48 hours and Vanterpool or the Nets could face discipline in the form of a fine or a suspension.
The question for the league, of course, was whether Vanterpool deliberately sought to alter the ball’s path or was it simply inadvertent. Video of the incident, particularly when slowed down, makes it appear Vanterpool was deliberate in his actions. In his comments Friday night, Steve Nash who was standing next to Vanterpool at the time said that his assistant felt “horrible” and that the incident took place in the “heat of the moment.”
A Nets assistant coach was caught playing defense pic.twitter.com/Zd8OPcAIBY— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 20, 2022
As Frank Isola said post-game, he had never seen anything like it other than in biddy basketball.
The incident could very well have altered the outcome of the Nets 119-118 win over the Wizards in Washington. The score was 106-103 and the time and the Nets were able to gain possession, go down the court and score.
Kyle Kuzma was so incensed that he took a foul so he and Spencer Dinwiddie could argue with the refs. But non-calls can’t be appealed and the Nets went on to win. If the refs had called it, Vanterpool would’ve been called for a technical foul and possession would have gone over to the Wizards.
Kyle Kuzma sounds off on Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool interfering with a ball in play (which the referees didn't call):— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) January 20, 2022
"That was also horses--t too. Coaches should not be able to stand up...you've got Steve Nash blocking the ref's view. He can't see s--t" pic.twitter.com/a2o507u0A4
In a post-game pool report, the refs admitted that none of them saw the deflection.
At the end of the day, the game stands as a win. What’s done is done.
- NBA fines Nets assistant David Vanterpool for in-game interference - Zach Braziller - New York Post
- Nets assistant fined for interfering with play vs Wizards - AP
- Nets, assistant coach David Vanterpool fined for in-game interference - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- NBA investigates Nets’ assistant coach David Vanterpool for in-game interference - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Brooklyn Nets assistant coach fined $10,000 for deflecting pass during NBA game against Washington Wizards - Ben Morse - CNN
- NBA: Brooklyn Nets’ David Vanterpool fined for interception against Washington Wizards - BBC
- NBA fines Nets, assistant coach after he deflected live ball in win over Wizards - Ryan Young - Yahoo! Sports