The NBA has fined Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson $15,000 for making an obscene gesture immediately after he made a game-tying shot with 11.2 seconds remaining in regulation of Wednesday night’s 128-125 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.
With the Magic trailing 101-99, Nelson received an inbounds pass near halfcourt, benefitted from a screen by Glen Davis and took a step-back jumper from 21 feet over Joakim Noah.
The Bulls called a timeout, and as Nelson jogged back to the Magic’s bench, he made a gesture made popular by Sam Cassell during Cassell’s playing days.
The gesture is meant to indicate he had, say, a lot of guts for taking and making such a high-pressure shot.
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