Dorian Finney-Smith and the NBA’s Participation Policy: A Unique Challenge

The NBA likely implemented its player participation policy, anti-load management protocol, so that fans would not attend games to see LeBron James and Anthony Davis, or Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, in street clothes. However, the Brooklyn Nets, found themselves punished for violating the policy by being fined $100,000. The NBA found during its investigation that the fined players “could have played under the medical standard in the Player Participation Policy”. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the fine for Brooklyn falls under the “Other Circumstances” section of the Player Participation Policy rule. Furthermore, the Nets found the workaround to this rule at the same time they got fined. While the fine is just a salt in the wound – a pinch of salt, at that for a sub-.500 Nets team playing the second half of a back-to-back.