NBA says Hornets' Marvin Williams was fined $15K for Flagrant 2 on Nov. 17, excessive contact/elbow to head of Knicks' Lou Amundson.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 18, 2015
During last night's game, Williams and Knicks big man Lou Amundson got tangled up on a screen. During the screen Williams received a shot to the groin that he wasn't too happy about, and then Amundson fell down on top of him. On the ensuing possession, Williams went for what appeared to be a block on Amundson, and instead made full contact on the big man's head.
After a review from the officials it was deemed a flagrant two, and Williams was immediately rejected from the game. There were concerns of a suspension as well, but he will be only be receiving the fine.
At first glance, the foul appears to be Williams playing reckless, but attempting to make a play on the ball. In most cases this is a flagrant one foul, and not worth an ejection or fine. However, with the previous instigation between the two, and the severity of Williams hit to the head, a flagrant two foul was the correct call in this situation.
Even if Williams was trying to make a play on the ball, and just happened to overly agressive hit Amundson on the head, he still played reckless in a way that could have endangered another player. It also didn't help that he made contact with an area that sports leagues across the country are taking more serious than ever. Wiliams should consider himself lucky to escape with only a fine, and nothing else, because the NBA could have been much more severe about this. Luckily, he doesn't have a history with this kind of play, and it's reasonable to believe that he was trying to play on the ball. The fine is justified and Williams has to be smarter than this.