SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Patrick Ewing exhaled. The New York Knicks center had just been informed yesterday that he would be fined heavily by the NBA -- but probably not suspended -- for throwing punches at Indiana Pacers forward Detlef Schrempf in an altercation under the basket Wednesday night.
"It is not good news," said Ewing, who was ejected along with Schrempf from the 110-107 loss to the Pacers. "I'm sorry it had to happen."
NBA Vice President of Operations Rod Thorn said he still had to talk to Ewing before announcing the amount of the fine, but he said, "It's going to be a pretty good one. If he had landed, he would've ripped his head off."