NBA proposes an increase in maximum fine penalties for tampering and more.

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Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that in an effort to prevent tampering, NBA sent a memo to teams about improving compliance.

The memo proposes that a lead team ops member certify annually that it didn’t engage in impermissible free agency talks; maximum fine amounts raised significantly.

– Tampering with player/team personnel: $10M, up from $5M. 

– Unauthorized agreements: $6M for team; $250K for player.

Further proposed rules as NBA works to crack down on tampering: increased enforcement of existing rule prohibiting player-to-player tampering; require team governor to certify no unauthorized benefits were offered/provided; investigatory audits of 5 teams annually, at random.

The NBA Board of Governors will vote on September 20 to pass new action items that have been advised across the board, from committees and league office.

Shaun Livingston is retiring.

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Shaun Livingston announced his retirement on social media after 15 years in the league. The 6-foot-7 Livingston went from a bright future star to a cautionary tale after a horrific knee injury nearly ended his career. After grueling rehab, he bounced around the league before finding a home in Golden State in the 2015 season, where he would help win three championships.  One of the greatest comeback stories of all-time!

He posted this heartfelt post on his Instagram account:

“After 15 years in the NBA, I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath. Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams. I wasn’t supposed to be here. Anybody that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others. 

“The injury” gave me a chance to find and prove to myself (and the world) that I wouldn’t be defined by my circumstances. With my time in the League what I will be most proud of is the fact that my character, values and faith were tested, and I persevered.

To my pops that told me to “go get the big ball” I THANK YOU. To my Grandpa that always showed me there was more to life than basketball I THANK YOU. To my Uncles that helped raise me like I was one of their own, THANK YOU. To my wife and kids…the future IS BRIGHTER than our past, and I couldn’t see myself taking on this chapter without you. To all of my teammates, coaches, TRAINERS, staff, my journey is a collection of experiences, and those of you that helped me along the way, THANK YOU! To all the fans and anybody else that inspired me, supported me, cheered for me, or even said good words about me, THANK YOU. 

“The greatest gift we can give is service to others”
#Raiseaglass 🍷”

JaVale McGee’s championship ring was stolen, along with $200k in cash and jewelry 😮

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Former Warriors center JaVale McGee had one of his two championship rings stolen during a Saturday burglary of his Los Angeles home. Other things stolen were cash and jewelry – the total loss amounted to over $200,000.

No arrests have been made, nor have any suspects been named. However, police are reviewing surveillance footage from the home.

McGee spent two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning back-to-back championships with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018. After making just one start in 16 postseason appearances in 2017, he took on a bigger role during the 2018 postseason, starting nine of his 13 appearances. McGee averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds during the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It is unclear which one of the rings was taken during the burglary. It’s amazing how many NBA players get burglarized. Just a few weeks ago, Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins’ house in Los Angeles was broken into. The good thing is McGee and Wiggins are safe, as they weren’t at home when the robberies took place.

McGee signed with the Lakers in July on a two-year deal reportedly worth $8.2 million.

TMZ Sports was the first to report this news.

The meme is a reference, of course, to Durant signing with the…

The meme is a reference, of course, to Durant signing with the Brooklyn Nets in the offseason, putting him across the country from the new home of the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Durant himself commented on the photo: “I’m cryin. That’s f— up” with two crying-laughing emojis.

The photo also tickled Stephen Curry, who liked the meme and commented, “Yo! Who come up with this stuff?”