Daryl Morey made a costly, two-word mistake on Thursday.
The 76ers’ first-year president of basketball operations tweeted a screenshot of Stephen Curry lauding his younger brother, 76ers guard Seth Curry, for his team-high 30 points in Wednesday’s series-clinching win over the Wizards. Said Stephen Curry: “Aye you (Seth Curry) … you killed tonight.”
Morey also included the caption, “Join ’em,” which seemed to encourage the elder Curry to team up with his brother in Philadelphia. Within minutes, he defended the tweet as nothing more than “talking about the fact that we are all thrilled (Seth Curry) is here with the (Sixers) — nothing else!”
My goodness folks I am talking about the fact that we are all thrilled @sdotcurry is here with the @sixers — nothing else!
— Daryl MorΞy 🗽🏀 (@dmorey) June 3, 2021
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But the damage was already done. The NBA on Monday hit Morey and the 76ers organization with $75,000 fines each as part of the league’s anti-tampering rules. For those counting, each of Morey’s words cost $75,000.
It’s hard to see how Morey meant anything other than suggesting Stephen Curry team up with younger brother Seth. It’s possible he was commenting on how the elder brother was jumping on Philadelphia’s bandwagon — the teams split their two meetings in 2020-21, with only the 76ers making it to the playoffs — but that seems like a stretch.
It’s also worth noting that Morey, general manager of the Rockets from 2006-20, was hit with a $50,000 fine for a since-deleted tweet on Dec. 28, 2020 that involved James Harden, who played in Houston from 2012-20.
Perhaps the third time is the charm for Morey.