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NBA fines Knicks $200,000 for illegal workouts

File photo of Former Knicks coach and team

File photo of Former Knicks coach and team president Isiah Thomas. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr., 2008

The NBA fined the Knicks $200,000 and scout Rodney Heard $20,000 on Thursday for violating league rules.

Heard broke the rule restricting contact between NBA teams and players eligible for the NBA Draft.

Heard  violated the rules in May 2007 and again in May 2010.

A Yahoo! Sports report in November said that Heard held illegal predraft workouts. In one workout, Pacers guard Brandon Rush blew out a knee in Marietta, Ga., before the 2007 draft. The injury caused Rush to withdraw from the draft and return to school. He became the 13th pick in the 2008 draft.

Heard was hired by Isiah Thomas in 2006.

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