Pistons' Collins Fined $5,000 For Pulling His Team Off Court

Posted: March 21, 1996

Detroit Pistons coach Doug Collins was fined $5,000 by the NBA yesterday for leaving the court with his players before the end of a game Tuesday against the Orlando Magic.

Collins was furious after Orlando's Anthony Bowie called a timeout with 2.7 seconds left so he would have a chance for a triple-double. The Magic was leading by 20 points at the time, and Bowie needed one more assist for the triple-double.

Collins waved his players to the side of the court, allowing Bowie to get the assist, then led his team to the locker room with just under one second remaining.

``While Orlando's conduct may have been inappropriate and unsportsmanlike, a coach cannot respond by allowing his team to walk off the court before the conclusion of the game,'' NBA vice president Rod Thorn said.

Bowie, who finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, tried to talk to Collins as he left the court, but the coach pulled his arm away from Bowie and kept walking.

Collins and his players declined to comment on the finish in which Bowie took a length-of-the-court, inbounds pass from Joe Wolf and passed to David Vaughn for a dunk.

But Orlando coach Brian Hill apologized for the timeout.

``I thought it was totally uncalled for,'' Hill said. ``I regret it . . . and thought it really took away from what was a great win, an outstanding performance by our team.''

Bowie, who was making only his second start of the season, said he didn't mean to rub it in.

``I ran over to tell Doug Collins the situation, that it was a great opportunity for me but that I didn't want to make anybody mad,'' Bowie said. ``He didn't listen.''

In other news:

GRIZZLIES: ANTHONY SUSPENDED Vancouver's Greg Anthony sat out last night's game against Atlanta after being suspended for one game and fined $5,000 for throwing a punch at New Jersey's Shawn Bradley during a game Tuesday night.

Anthony and Bradley were ejected following a scuffle in the Nets' 82-77 victory. Anthony threw a punch at Bradley as the Nets' center pulled him to the floor with 5:21 left in the game.

Bradley was not suspended.

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