Former University of Kentucky star Tyler Ulis was fined $15,000 by the NBA for his role during an altercation between the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies near the end of their game on Feb. 8.
Ulis, whose first-year NBA salary is $918,369, came to teammate and fellow former Wildcat Devin Booker’s defense after Grizzlies guard Troy Daniels took exception to Booker’s hard foul on a three-pointer with 1:10 remaining in the game. Memphis won 110-91.
Suns Coach Earl Watson told the Associated Press that he appreciated the emotional display from his team in a tough loss.
“That shows they believe in each other,” he said. “And they believe in a purpose.”
Memphis Coach David Fizdale told the AP that he didn’t think much of the late-game activity.
“These guys aren’t fighting,” Fizdale said. “There was a whole lot of huffing and puffing and pushing and shoving.”
Daniels and the Suns rookie Marquese Chriss were also fined $15,000, and Phoenix center Alex Len was suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area and entering the playing court during the altercation.