Rye Brook, N.Y. NBA commissioner David Stern mentioned former Kansas University basketball players Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers by name in his introductory speech to 67 players at the NBA Rookie Transition Program on Wednesday morning, ESPN reports.
It was not to congratulate the pair on leading the Jayhawks to the 2008 NCAA title.
According to ESPN, Stern told the 67 rookies he'd booted the two Jayhawks from the orientation program for allegedly having marijuana and women in their Doral Arrowwood Resort room Tuesday night.
Stern indicated Chalmers of the Miami Heat and Arthur of the Memphis Grizzlies would be forced to attend the program next September.
Arthur and Chalmers have reportedly been fined $20,000 and could start the regular season on the suspended list.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel cited Article VI, Section 4(b) of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, explaining the rules regarding penalizing Arthur and Chalmers. It says: "When a player, without proper and reasonable excuse, fails or refuses to attend 'mandatory program,' he shall be fined $20,000 by the NBA."
That clause also contains the wording "that if the player misses the Rookie Transition Program, he shall be suspended for five games."
"That language was put in for a case in which a guy wants to skip it ... Nothing is definitive until the commissioner makes a decision," NBA vice president Tim Frank told the Sun-Sentinel.
ESPN.com reported more on the incident Thursday, indicating a fire alarm at 2 a.m. Wednesday sent hotel management to the room of Arthur.
ESPN's report said when management was denied entry, hotel security entered the room with a pass key, where at least two women and a strong stench of marijuana were present. With the bathroom door locked at the time, repeated flushing could be heard, with police later arriving and finding no marijuana or paraphernalia.
In happier news involving the Miami Heat, team president Pat Riley tonight will be inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Though extremely successful in coaching the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Heat, Riley in his 24 years as a head coach has been described as egotistical and difficult.
"People think I'm aloof or I'm arrogant, and I have a sense of that," Riley reflects of the refined persona that hardly tells the story of the kid from hardscrabble Schenectady, N.Y., who put in the type of hours these past three decades that belie the flawless facade.
"The fresh white shirt, tie, Armani suits, the image, the hair," the Heat president says, "that was the mantra, 'Look fresh as a daisy,' even though there were times after losses I felt like I wanted to die."
Tonight, that perfectly pressed package will be inducted into his sport's ultimate cathedral.
"He kind of changed the game of coaching, with his smoothness, especially when he was younger, with all his Armani suits," Miami's Dwyane Wade says. "He made it cool to be a coach."
Riley also is known for his hard work.
"No one's put in as much time as he has," says Heat assistant coach Keith Askins, who played under Riley as well as served on his coaching staff. "He was prepared every day, every time he walked on that court."