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GO BACK TO THE BUTT-HUGGERS? SHORTS SNAFU SNARES STARTER
Published November 17, 1997
The NBA fined the Timberwolves $25,000 Friday and fined five of their players another $2,500 each for wearing their shorts too long, according to Steve Aschburner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. League rules say that shorts must be no lower than one inch above the top of the knee and the league had a representative check the team's shorts before Thursday night's game. But Coach Flip Saunders said that Starter, which provides the Wolves' uniforms for the first time this season, "should be responsible" for the low shorts. A Starter rep had met with the team for "another fitting" of shorts. Saunders: "We've had Starter in, the league in. It's not like we're trying to be defiant." But an NBA spokesperson said, "Every other team has managed to find a way to comply with this rule, including teams outfitted by Starter" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/15). But team rep Doug West said an NBA official had cleared players for Thursday's game and that the union would file a grievance over the fines (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/17). GET SHORTY: Saunders brought a tape measure with him on the floor for Saturday night's game and Wolves VP Kevin McHale called the fines "ridiculous." McHale: "I'm sure one of our white, upper-middle class people decided it was a gang thing. Because they're pretty hip with the gang scene" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/16).