NBA fines Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen for hitting cameraman during game

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The NBA season is back up and running and after the thrills, spills, and blowout results of preseason it is good to finally be back into competitive basketball after several months off.

Early determination

Despite the 2014-15 campaign being in its infancy players are already putting everything on the line to get the result. Chicago Bulls players for instance recently revealed that they are still watching tape of their overtime defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, still reeling after blowing the chance to win.

But while it is commendable to see that every point matters even at this early stage, sometimes players can go a little too far.

Step forward Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Crazy reaction

With around 10 minutes to go in the third quarter of the Grizzlies' Monday night match up against the New Orleans Pelicans Allen gave up a foul in the paint in an attempt to defend the basket against Center Omer Asik.

Nothing unusual there you might say, but it was Allen's actions immediately after that have drawn the wrath of the NBA today.

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Clearly frustrated with the call the NBA veteran lashed out at the first thing he could find. Unfortunately for one baseline cameraman that just so happened to be he and his equipment.

As you can see in the video clip of the incident, Allen inexplicably lashes out at the cameraman striking his hand down onto the camera which can be seen cannoning back into the crew member's face.

Not a smart move from the 32-year-old.

NBA and player react

The NBA have been swift in their response to the act, handing out a $15,000 fine to Allen which some NBA fans have claimed is not enough for an incident reminiscent of when Dennis Rodman landed a kick on a cameraman in 1996.

Rodman was banned for 11 games and ended up paying Amos around $200,000 in a settlement.

Allen looks like he has escaped extensive punishment this time around but his rush of blood to the head has left him a little out of pocket at least.

The player clearly didn't take long to realize the error of his ways, going over to apologize to the cameraman during a stoppage in play later in the game.

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