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Sprewell Gets Knicks to Cut Fine

April 19, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ Latrell Sprewell says he has persuaded the New York Knicks to slash his fine for missing a shootaround last weekend from $125,000 to $2,500.

Sprewell conceded he deserved to be fined and suspended for last Sunday’s game in Miami, but thought the team’s punishment was excessive.

Before the Knicks’ season finale Wednesday night, he met James Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, who reduced the fine by $122,500.

The news was passed to Sprewell at Thursday’s season-ending meeting by Knicks president and general manager Scott Layden and coach Don Chaney.

``They pretty much wiped it out, which I thought was fair,″ Sprewell said. ``I’m just happy Mr. Dolan was able to do that for me.″

The reduced fine was the NBA standard for a missed practice by a first-time offender.

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