Wild­cats coach handed fine over side­line run-in

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PERTH Wild­cats coach Trevor Glee­son has been fined $500 by the NBL for push­ing Syd­ney Kings cen­tre An­drew Bogut in a heated ex­change on Thurs­day night.

Glee­son pushed Bogut away twice as the for­mer NBA star tried to eaves­drop on an im­promptu Wild­cats hud­dle in the dy­ing stages of the Kings’ 77-72 win in Syd­ney. Bogut grabbed Glee­son’s wrist dur­ing the in­ci­dent, but was cleared by the NBL of any wrong­do­ing.

Be­cause it wasn’t an of­fi­cial time­out, Bogut was al­lowed to stand near the Wild­cats hud­dle.

The NBL deemed Glee­son breached the NBL code of con­duct.

Af­ter the match, Glee­son cheer­fully ad­mit­ted try­ing to milk the in­ci­dent.

“I tried to run a play and the big boof­head got in there and tried to lis­ten,” Glee­son said.

“So I said ‘get out for a lit­tle bit’ and then he grabbed me, so I was try­ing to milk it and see if I could get some­thing out of it. “Bo­ges is a good guy.” Bogut down­played the in­ci­dent and dis­missed the sug­ges­tion Glee­son should be sus­pended for push­ing him.

“No he shouldn’t. There was noth­ing in it. Let’s all take a deep breath and move on,” Bogut tweeted.

Even though the Kings ended the lad­der-lead­ing Wild­cats’ seven-match win­ning streak, Glee­son still took some pos­i­tives out of the game.

Guard Damian Mar­tin, play­ing his first game since Oc­to­ber 27 be­cause of a calf in­jury, showed his trade­mark de­ter­mi­na­tion.

With star im­port Bryce Cot­ton’s in­jured thumb not im­prov­ing enough for him to play, and Mitch Nor­ton hav­ing lim­ited time af­ter get­ting in­jured on Boomers duty ear­lier in the week, Mar­tin played over half the game.

He helped limit pro­lific Syd­ney guard Jerome Ran­dle to a sea­son-low eight points and was in­stru­men­tal in the Wild­cats’ sec­ond­half fight­back.

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