On Ainge's Towel and LeBron James' MRI
Ainge was YouTubed to death, as folks flocked to see him throwing a towel in the air while Hickson was shooting a free throw in Game 2 of the Boston-Cleveland series.
The action -- seen as a bit beneath the level of an NBA GM -- drew a $25,000 fine from the NBA and a yawn from Hickson.
"That's just his competitive nature," Hickson said at the Cavs' Friday shootaround. "I understand he's not on the court. But he's part of the organization and he wants the organization to win. Just like anybody else in the NBA."
Hickson said he saw Ainge standing beneath the basket as he lined up to take the free throw with the Cavs down 23, but he never saw Ainge toss the towel in the air as he shot. The league fined him for an "unauthorized distraction" (there are authorized ones?) and "conduct detrimental" to the game.
"It's his money," Hickson said. "Not mine."
The Cavs also cleared up the mysterious MRI issue regarding LeBron James. As it turns out, James had one MRI on his ailing elbow -- and it came during the Chicago series. This past week, coach Mike Brown had said James also had an MRI late in the regular season; as it turns out that statement was incorrect. James merely had the elbow examined and Brown and the team simply made a mistake about the MRI.
James did have a follow-up MRI scheduled for this week, but it never took place. He said he was able to take part in Thursday's contact practice and had no issues. Three days off between games seemed to help, he said.