January 30, 1996
Philadelphia 76er guard Vernon Maxwell was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail in Houston after failing to meet court orders on a marijuana possession charge. After sentencing, Maxwell's attorney, Jim Cooper, moved quickly to file an appeal and Maxwell was released after his bond of $20,000 was paid. Maxwell was not with the 76ers for Monday night's game because his plane was late.
September 27, 1995 |
The Philadelphia 76ers signed controversial guard Vernon Maxwell to a free-agent contract Tuesday. Maxwell spent the last six seasons with the Houston Rockets and was their starting shooting guard during their first championship season, 1993-94, but lost most of his playing time last season after the Rockets traded for veteran all-star Clyde Drexler. The Drexler trade was made after the volatile Maxwell was suspended for 10 games for going into the stands and punching a fan.
July 13, 1995 |
Vernon Maxwell, who faked a hamstring injury in the NBA playoffs because he couldn't handle sitting on the bench in Houston, won't have to any more. The league-champion Rockets confirmed Wednesday that on June 30 they had waived Maxwell, whose playing time was diminished when they traded for Clyde Drexler on Feb. 14. Houston is obligated to pay the value of the final year of Maxwell's contract, $1.8 million, because he was not claimed on waivers.
May 3, 1995 |
The Houston Rockets placed Vernon Maxwell on an indefinite leave of absence Tuesday, saying the volatile guard wouldn't return to the court this season. The team would not elaborate on why Maxwell was put on leave or say whether the guard will be paid for the rest of this season. Maxwell, who played only 16 minutes during Game 1 of the Rockets' first-round playoff series with Utah and missed Game 2, did not immediately return phone calls.
February 9, 1995 |
Vernon Maxwell of the Houston Rockets was suspended for at least 10 games and fined $20,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for walking into the stands and punching a heckler during a game at Portland. The fine matched the highest in league history and the suspension was the second longest. Rod Thorn, the NBA's vice president for operations, said the case is unprecedented in his 10 years in the league.
February 7, 1995 |
Steve George, a 35-year-old fan sitting in Memorial Coliseum, has plans for Houston's Vernon Maxwell. "Absolutely I'm pressing charges," George said as he held an ice pack on his left jaw Monday night. "He hit me square. . . . I was hit by an NBA player in the face while I was sitting in Row L and I'm not happy." George and other witnesses said Maxwell charged into the stands and punched him in the third quarter of the Rockets' 120-82 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.