Here’s the story, via ESPN.com:
Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations, fined Ainge for “an unauthorized distraction and for conduct detrimental to the game.”
The word that interests me there is “unauthorized.” Does the league have to authorize towel-throwing? What about arm-waving? Yelling? Does Danny have to call the office first?
Look, I get that the towel toss looked silly, considering the score at the time (80-57, good guys) and the sort of amateurish jocular nature of the act. But a fine?
I dunno, and I don’t have time right now to dig into the precedent. Maybe it’s totally in line with league rules and precedent. I’ll have to check later.