Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  8 responses

Phil Jackson Fined $35K for Criticizing Refs

Phil wasn’t particularly impressed with Bennett Salvatore’s work on Sunday, and as a result, his wallet is a tad lighter today. From the OC Register: “Jackson seemed to be criticizing Ron Artest’s inability to navigate the officials more than the officials themselves, but nevertheless Jackson did have some choice words, including: ‘With Bennett (Salvatore), you don’t know what you’re going to get.’ Referees Salvatore and Bennie Adams both ruled that Artest and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili merited double technical fouls for trying to make stands before an inbounds play a minute before halftime. Salvatore then gave Kobe Bryant a technical foul also when he approached, with Jackson skeptical about the basis of that technical. Jackson said he talked to Artest postgame and said: ‘You’ve got to back off when it’s time to back off.’ But Jackson did say about the referees: ‘They wouldn’t let Ron play.’ Jackson also said about the Lakers’ deeds and the refs’ reactions: ‘The way we ended up the half, I think, turned the referees against us.”’

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  • http://fatshawnkemp.tumblr.com zack

    i like how the NBA fining guys for criticizing refs actually just publicizes it more.

  • TyMo

    Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will cost you an obscene amount of money.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    35k for Jackson but only 25k for KG? What gives? KG makes more and dropped f-bomb on live tv. at least we can’t blame race on this one

  • AI best balla of the 2000s

    ha dma u said it lol

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Wonder how much Phil would have racked up if he was coaching the Thunder against the Jazz?
    Well, let’s face it, that non-call would never have happened against Phil Jackson’s teams.

  • chintao

    Fphil’s a sorry whiner.

  • http://arunsbasketblog.blogspot.com Arun

    Phil going after Durant is a sign that he’s significantly concerned about Durant and the Thunder. Phil has 10 rings & is coaching the defending champs. Why else would he go after a 21-year old on a team with an average age of 23 & 2.6 years in the NBA? When you have to complain in the media then you have a problem that can’t be dealt with on the court.

  • Michael Westen

    @Arun: Phil’s got 11 FYI