Wild­cats coach fined for push­ing Bogut

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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 the NBL cleared him of any wrong­do­ing.

Be­cause it was not 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 boof head 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 away.

‘‘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 more than half the game.

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

‘‘You’ve got to love Damo, don’t you,’’ Glee­son said.

‘‘When it’s all said and done, he’s go­ing to have a statue in prob­a­bly every sta­dium in Perth.

‘‘He’s go­ing to go down as one of the best play­ers ever from the NBL.’’

Perth won the re­bound count 44-29, Clint Steindl scored 16 off the bench and Boomers for­ward Nic Kay was prom­i­nent down the stretch, fin­ish­ing with 17 points on seven from 11 field goal shoot­ing.

Glee­son has not yet ruled out Cot­ton re­turn­ing for to­day’s home clash with Cairns ei­ther.

‘‘It’s just be­ing com­fort­able with the ball in his hand and ob­vi­ously it’s his shoot­ing hand, so I don’t want him get­ting out there where he’s a bit timid with that,’’ Glee­son said.

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