Rodman late for 1st full practice

Rambis says new Laker will be `fined accordingly'

February 28, 1999|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Dennis Rodman, fresh off his Los Angeles Lakers debut, showed up more than 30 minutes late to his first full-squad practice yesterday morning.

"I told the players that he's going to be fined accordingly," said new coach Kurt Rambis. "I will find out what's going on and if it's legitimate, then no harm. If he was just late, then he's fined."

The Lakers do not normally publicize in-house fines, but the penalties for such infractions usually are less than $500.

"He's definitely going to have a leeway," Rambis said. "He's a free thinker. And if he wants to do things differently, I do not have a problem with that, as long it's within the structure of the guidelines and the rules that we have set for the team."

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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