The Magic’s triple overtime thriller versus the Chicago Bulls was full of highlights, but one in particular got the NBA’s attention. Jameer Nelson hit a step back jumper over the outstretched arms of Joakim Noah to tie the game with 11 seconds left in regulation. Nelson ran back towards his bench, cradling his imaginary goodies in honor of Sam Cassell, who made the dance popular during his career. The NBA wasn’t too happy about it. They fined Nelson $15,000 “for making an obscene gesture.” Check out the video below:
While the Magic lost the game, and Nelson lost some cash, it was worth it to see signs of life from the team. After a brutal road trip and losing streak, they needed a good game desperately. We’ll see if that fire carries over to the Magic’s next game Friday versus the Charlotte bobcats. It’s Horace Grant night, and no one appreciates intensity on the court more than him.
The $15,000 dollar fine seems to be the regular amount for this gesture, which continues to get frequent use. Caron Butler, Andray Blatche, and Marco Belinelli have all been penalized for the gesture in recent years.
It was a bit out of character for the Magic’s veteran leader, but he does have an emotional game developed in high school in Chester, just outside of Philadelphia. A leader takes on many forms, and while Coach Jacque Vaughn’s constant positivity is nice, sometimes a team needs to develop a mean streak. The team clearly responded, fighting through three overtimes despite missing their two best players due to injury.
What do you think? Was Jameer Nelson Fined unjustly? Was it a burst of emotion at the right time, or bush league? Let us know in the comments section below!