Bucks' Jennings fined

Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings was fined $7,500 by the NBA yesterday for posting a message on his Twitter account after Milwaukee's 108-101 double-overtime win over Portland last weekend.

Jennings was fined for the timing of his post, not the content, when he tweeted: "Back to 500. Yess!!! 500 means we're doing good. Way to play hard, guys."

According to the NBA's social media policy, players cannot tweet during game time, defined as beginning 45 minutes before the game starts and ending after players have finished talking to the media following the game. His post came at 10:39 p.m. last Saturday, about 15 minutes after the game ended.

Jennings, a prep star who played in Europe for a year before he was selected 10th in the draft, was averaging 20.7 points and 6.0 assists in 23 games before last night.

The fine caused him to lose a chunk of his rookie salary, or at least has him scaling back his holiday plans.

"I'm bout to delete my twitter," Jennings tweeted. "Cost me $7,500. Looks like no Gucci and Louie for Xmas."

Yao on the mend

Houston Rockets 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming hopes to return to the NBA next season as he continues to recover from surgery in May for a hairline fracture in his left foot.

"I'm definitely recovering, and the recent results of my checkups allowed me to make this long trip back to Shanghai from the U.S.," he said.

Yao was in China to help launch a public-service announcement about protecting sharks by the San Francisco-based conservation group WildAid.

– Associated Press