Daryl Morey made a costly two-word mistake on Thursday.
The first-year basketball operations president of the 76ers tweeted a screenshot of Stephen Curry praising his younger brother, 76ers guard Seth Curry, for his team high of 30 in Wednesday’s streak win over the Wizards. Stephen Curry said, “Aye, you (Seth Curry) … you killed tonight.”
Morey also added the caption, “Join ’em,” which seemed to encourage the elder Curry to team up with his brother in Philadelphia. Within minutes, he defended the tweet as nothing more than “talking about the fact that we’re all excited (Seth Curry) is here with the (Sixers) – nothing else!”
Gosh guys, I’m talking about the fact that we’re all excited that @sdotcurry is here with the @sixers – nothing else!
– Daryl MorΞy 🗽🏀 (@dmorey) June 3, 2021
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But the damage was already done. The NBA fined Morey and the 76ers organization on Monday, $ 75,000 each under the league’s anti-tampering rules. For those who keep count, each word of Morey costs $ 75,000.
It’s hard to understand how Morey meant anything other than suggesting Stephen Curry team up with younger brother Seth. It’s possible he commented on how the older brother jumped on Philadelphia’s bandwagon – the teams split their two meetings in 2020-21, with only the 76s making the playoffs – but that seems like a stretch.
It’s also worth noting that Morey, general manager of the Rockets from 2006-20, was fined $ 50,000 for a since-deleted tweet on December 28, 2020 that involved James Harden, who ran from 2012-20 played in Houston.
Maybe the third time is the attraction for Morey.