NBA fines Warriors owner Lacob $50,000 for Simmons comments

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons wipes his face after missing a pair of free-throws during Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks. (Matt Slocum/AP)

NEW YORK — The NBA fined Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob $50,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rule with comments he made about Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.

Lacob said the Warriors had no interest in the disgruntled Sixers guard.

"In some ways, it doesn't really fit what we're doing,'' Lacob said this week. "He makes a lot of money. And, can he finish games? I don't know.

"He's very talented. The problem is: We have Draymond (Green). Draymond and him are very similar in the sense that neither one really shoots and they do a lot of the playmaking. That's one issue. The salary structure is another.''

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