Dallas Mavericks Fined $100,000 for Violating ‘Bench Decorum’

The NBA has fined the Dallas Mavericks $100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench decorum.”


“On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period in the Mavericks’ team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on or encroaching upon the playing court during game action in Dallas’ 126-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on May 20 at Chase Center,” the League said in a press statement.

The Mavericks were previously fined for “violating bench decorum” in two games against the Phoenix Suns, per ESPN.

It seems a bit absurd that the Mavericks are being fined for “encroaching upon the playing court during game action” when just about every other team does the exact same thing.

In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Miami Heat’ head-coach Erik Spoelstra was often seen on the court disrupting game action.

The League certainly has made fines on the subject a matter of subjectivity.