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The league handed out fines of $35,000 apiece on Thursday to Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace, Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and Orlando forward Matt Barnes for publicly criticizing officials. A week earlier, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson was fined $35,000 for suggesting that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant received preferential treatment from NBA referees.

"So, our coaches should be quiet because this is a good business that makes them good livings and supports a lot of families," Stern said. "And if they don't like it, they should go get a job someplace else. I don't mean to be too subtle."

Stern said he regrets not coming down harder earlier on those who griped about officiating."I wish I had it to do all over again," he said. "Starting 20 years ago I'd be suspending Phil and (former Lakers and Miami Heat coach) Pat Riley for all the games they play in the media. You guys know that our referees go out there and knock themselves out and do the best job that they can, but we've got coaches who will do whatever it takes to try to work them publicly.

"If I had to do it again … the price wouldn't be a modest $35,000 fine. It would be whatever a day's pay is and then two day's pay and then a week's pay. And if someone wants to try me in the rest of this playoffs, make my day.
So Ron Artest got a year's suspension and was the fall guy for the NBA's supposed image problem. Then Gilbert Arenas was the fall guy for the league's gun problem (players have speculated that 50% of the league carry to and from the locker room). I could totally see Rasheed ending up being the guy who gets suspended for the rest of the playoffs if he keeps up the truth telling criticisms of NBA officiating. Can you think of a better mark for Stern? Would be the perfect ending to Rasheed's craptastic season too.

JR 4/23/2010 07:51:00 AM Edit
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5 Responses so far.

  1. Karl says:

    Those fines are probably too harsh and the reffing is questionable at times but people bitch way too much in the NBA. They complain about every call and that needs to stop. Play the game.

  2. JR says:

    Players and coaches do complain way too much. I will agree with that Karl. As someone that coaches high school basketball I can tell you that if someone thinks NBA refs suck, check out lower level refs someday. Some of them won't call a foul unless they see blood (and they will even admit that) and they walk up the court slower than my man TLC (The Lazy Chucker. Trying not to mention his name). You'd be surprised that lower level refs get paid pretty good too.

  3. Jenda says:

    "So, our coaches should be quiet because this is a good business that makes them good livings and supports a lot of families,"
    this quote basically says "You get paid well enough to keep your yappers shut, please do so." That is awful. I don't see Gilbert Arenas as the best example for he was just stupid enough to actually wave his gun like a bank robber.

  4. tb727 says:

    And Delonte West plays on, lovely....

  5. Pino says:

    This is a fraud. He knows he can't sell the league to the fans if the fans believe the refs are blowing calls on purpose or because they are just inept. If he keeps everyone quiet about it when the fans complain about poor officiating he can just say "well, if it was really a problem the players and coaches would have a complaint wouldn't they?" Quiet coaches and players make the complaining fans and reporters' complaints illegitimate and Stern wins.

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