We can't exactly say that this one is surprising. Because for as fearless as Daryl Morey has proven he can be in the front office of an NBA organization, there are some things you just can't get away with.
The 76ers president learned that the hard way with a recent tweet he posted in response to Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors superstar sent a celebratory message to his brother, the 76ers' Seth, after a strong performance, and Morey used it as a nice little entry way into discussion.
It's usually not a good sign when exactly four minutes — yes, four whole minutes — after the initial tweet was posted, the tweeter sends out an explanatory message about what exactly he meant and how it *obviously* didn't have to do with tampering.
Perhaps it truly was an innocent message in which Morey had absolutely no intent of recruiting the more decorated Curry bro over to Philadelphia after a tough season in Golden State. But the NBA didn't see it that way, releasing a statement on Monday evening regarding the posts:
The NBA announced today it has fined Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey $75,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rule. The fine is in response to a social media post Morey made June 3 regarding the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry. The 76ers also were fined $75,000 for Morey's conduct.
$75,000 smackers is no small price to pay, but perhaps a win over the Atlanta Hawks after a Game 1 loss will help to make up for it. And it's probably easier to stomach when, well, pretty much everyone saw it coming.
Well, at least no one can fine me... hey Steph, come on by. You'll like it here in Philly.