DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS
When David Stern elected to combat the league’s so-called “image issues” by banning all things hip-hop culture in the implementation of 2005’s official NBA dress code, 13 players ended up being fined a total of $130,000 for wearing game shorts that extended beyond the knee. In addition, the players’ respective teams were fined $50,000 per violation (the Philadelphia 76ers were forced to pay $200,000 for the shorts of Allen Iverson, John Salmons, Kyle Korver and Kevin Ollie). At the time, the NBA actually had a committee of employees dedicated to spotting uniform “violations.” One member of the fashion police was sent to each and every game while others passed judgment based on video reviews. Can you imagine some guy with a measuring tape storming into an NBA locker room demanding to measure Allen Iverson’s shorts? I have no idea whether or not that ever actually happened, but this whole ordeal was completely ridiculous either way.
Darius Miles and the Portland Trail Blazers had one of the weirdest falling outs in NBA history. The end of Miles’ career as a Blazer involved a ten-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy as well as an investigation into the severity of a knee injury that had kept him sidelined for the entirety of the ’06-07 and ’07-08 seasons. In 2008, Miles was deemed to have sustained a “career-ending” injury, meaning that the $18 million he was still owed by the Blazers would not be taken into account in regards to the salary cap – under one condition: that Miles didn’t sign elsewhere and appear in ten games. Having not yet served his aforementioned suspension, Miles would be forced to sit out his first ten games of any potential contract. To make a long story sort, Miles ended up signing a bunch of non-guaranteed deals, served his suspension, and made more than ten appearances with the Memphis Grizzlies. Meanwhile, the Blazers had threatened to sue any team that signed Miles on the basis that a franchise like the Grizzlies may elect to employ Miles simply to effect Portland’s ability to sign expensive free agents. What a mess!