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NBA commissioner defends James Harden after $50k punishment: “It’s Christmas”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, appearing on ESPN’s “The Jump”, has revealed that the $50,000 fine was enough punishment for James Harden, after the 2018 MVP broke NBA’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

Harden was fined by the NBA after he reportedly broke protocols by attending a private indoor party on Monday, December 21,2020.

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And while many have criticized the player, Adam Silver has jumped to his defence, saying:

The precedent is that discipline gets ratcheted up. It’s Christmas. It was a first offense.

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In a way he got lucky. If the game between Houston and OKC had been played, that would have cost him his salary, which is around $500,000 per game.

The 31 year-old American NBA player started the season by asking a trade to a contending team, before joining the Rockets’ training camp later than his teammates.

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His club’s season opener at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder was also rescheduled on Wednesday after three of Houston Rockets players returned tests that were either positive or inconclusive for COVID-19.

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