NBA investigating Nets assistant David Vanterpool’s interference

NBA investigating Nets assistant David Vanterpool’s interference

Assistant coach David Vanterpool’s interference during the Nets’ narrow victory over the Wizards on Wednesday night cost him and the team some cash.

The NBA fined Vanterpool $10,000 and fined the Nets $25,000, the league announced, after video was captured of the assistant coach interfering with a play.

The Nets were ahead by six points with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter when Washington guard Spencer Dinwidde attempted a pass to an open Kyle Kuzma in the corner in front of the Nets’ bench.

But Vanterpool had his hand out and deflected the pass, leading to a steal by Nets rookie Kessler Edwards. Kuzma subsequently fouled the Nets’ Patty Mills to stop play and argue.

Ben Taylor, the officiating crew chief, told a pool reporter that the officials didn’t see the play and there isn’t a rule in place for such a play to be reviewed. After the game, Kuzma went off about the deflection.

Nets assistant coach David VanterpoolNets assistant coach David VanterpoolNBAE via Getty Images

“That was also horses–t, too,” he said. “You’ve got [Nets head coach] Steve Nash blocking the ref’s view. He can’t see s–t. I don’t know what else to say. It’s very unfortunate, but you’ve just got to live with it.