Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been fined $10,000 for kicking a chair following his ejection on Monday against the Bulls. It was the first ejection of KCP's young career. He was ejected after receiving his 2nd technical of the game.
KCP and Stan Van Gundy appeared to exchange words before he headed to the locker room. Stan Van Gundy appeared to say something that further upset KCP, which is when he proceeded to kick the chair.
The outburst from KCP was a bit of a surprise as KCP has been a relatively calm-tempered player throughout his young career. It is a learning experience for a young player, and something I do not expect to see out of KCP again. Sometimes a few calls that don't go your way can cause even the calmest players to get frustrated. KCP's defense could have been useful in the 4th, as it was a 2 point game when he was ejected. Chicago went on to win 111-101.
Here is the Press Release from the NBA about the fine:
NEW YORK — Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been fined $10,000 for kicking a chair located in the spectator stands, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 7.6 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Pistons' 111-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 18 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
UPDATE: When KCP kicked the chair, as some of you have pointed out in the comments, he startled a young female fan. KCP did a very cool thing and made things right according to the Free Press:
"I gave her my jersey, I signed it, and I apologize for kicking the chair, or even scaring her," Caldwell-Pope said. "That's what it was, I kind of scared her. In the heat of the moment, I wasn't really thinking about it. But before I left the arena, I thought about it. So I apologized to her and gave her my jersey."