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NBL may count cost after social media fine

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Laine Clark

His hip pocket has been hit hard in fines.

But Bullets star Daniel Kickert reckons the NBL will be the one counting the cost of this week's game review panel (GRP) findings.

The Brisbane big man and Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright were each fined $500 for a Twitter exchange in the wake of the Bullets' 105-87 win.

The pair jousted after the 36ers cited Kickert following Saturday's game in Adelaide, earning the Bullets forward another $1000 fine for headbutting.

It set the stage for a fiery re-match when second placed Brisbane hosts Adelaide on Thursday night.

But Kickert did not predict any more fireworks on social media.

He believed the NBL would be the poorer for the GRP clamping down on social media banter.

"I think it (social media banter) is fun. It engages people online and brings a bit of attention," he said.

"We've been asked to engage but there is a line there but I am not sure exactly where that line is drawn.

"It might be a matter of being safer rather than sorry.

"There definitely won't be much banter going on."

Kickert reacted on social media after being cited by the 36ers for headbutting after Saturday's game - Brisbane's third straight win.

"Looking forward to Thursday for our game against the Adelaide Thirty Snitches #dibberdobberswearnappies," Kickert tweeted.

Wright replied with: "I'm looking forward to playing the Brisbane B ches as well see you Thursday".

Kickert made sure he had the last word.

"Ohhhh I'm telling on you," he tweeted in response.

Kickert said he was surprised he was fined after complying with the NBL's request to delete his tweets.

"I took it down thinking I was doing the right thing and then they fined me," he said.

"I thought it was just a bit of tongue in cheek banter.

"Obviously Adelaide reported me so I thought I would have a bit of fun here.

"I honestly thought when I wrote that I would be fine.

"Now I guess I will stay away from any interaction with the basketball community."

Kickert is free to play against the 36ers after entering an early plea and accepting the headbutting fine.

Not that Kickert believed he was guilty of the offence.

"I just thought it was incidental contact, nothing much - I didn't get him in a headlock or anything like that," he said, citing Sydney Kings' Aleks Maric's recent incident with Cairns' Mark Worthington.

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