Not again…

ESPN: For the second time in two weeks, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing game officials; it was announced Thursday by Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations.

Jackson was fined for comments made in reference to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the third-year forward who led the league in free-throw attempts with 10.3 per game this season.

  • Pac Div

    PJ can wipe his a$$ with $35 K. PJ knows what he’s doing. Go Lakers! Fuk the haters!

  • drive-for-16th

    70 grand in 2 weeks daaamn, wait a go phil, lets get them hard on sunday, GO LAKERS!!!

    • L.A.

      Damn 70k!!! I can buy a brand new BMW! Donate me the money better PHIL!! LOL

  • keepon_keepinon18

    Where is the line between public criticism of NBA referees and freedom of speech going to be drawn? Seems to me like the NBA has been fining players just for talking about refs.

    Also I don’t understand how the value of the fine is selected. I thought Phil got fined $35k the last time for specifically using Bennett Salvatore’s name. That certainly wasn’t the case this time. And besides, how did KG get fined $25k for comparing Durant to MJ (getting 15 Fts)?

    • daboss1848

      private workplace regulated by private rules . . dont like the rules work somewhere else.

      • LakersFirst

        What other basketball association is there in the United States? Sounds like a monopoly to me.

        • daboss1848

          really are we going to throw out legalese out here – monopoly?

          Check the Supreme Court’s definitions on monopoly (I believe the NFL was sued on this issue) then check the Supreme Court’s holdings on the 1st Amendment in private vs. public workplaces?

          Call your employer a cheap bitch or let him know how everyone in the workplace is working against you. Let us know how that free speech works out.

          • LakersFirst

            Your comment has now bearing on what I said.

            You said “private workplace regulated by private rules . . dont like the rules work somewhere else.” Where is there, in the USA, for another professional basketball to go play?” Name one?

            Your analogy of calling an employer a “cheap bitch” doesn’t work in this situation. Phil never said anything negative about the NBA, the commissioner, nor his boss. His comments were directed towards the NBA referees, who are not his bosses. As a matter of fact, they are also employees of the NBA. In the workforce, if a coworker says something negative about another, then that the person should go to HR.

  • Trem

    That’s a bunch of horseshit, Phil didn’t even name any referees specifically and did nothing to deserve a fine. Phil was just trying to get in Durant’s head. Fuck David Stern and the NBA

    • daboss1848

      w/o david stern you’d be watching games on public access in the middle of the night.
      w/o the nba we never would have read your comment.

      • LakersFirst

        You’re giving David Stern too much credit. What about the players like Magic, Bird, Barkley, Jordan, Olujuwon, Stockton, Malone, Kareem, Wilt, Bill Russell, Tim Duncan, Kobe, Lebron, Wade, the list goes on … Don’t give Stern THAT much credit.

        David Stern is the commission (and not a very good one at that). He wasn’t the founder of the NBA.

        • daboss1848

          It was Stern’s idealogies to transform the NBA. He benefitted from his association w/ Buss (Magic was tangential asset) to transform the NBA into an entertainment venue

          • LakersFirst

            Sterns idealogies? LOL, that’s funny. Now you are
            giving him too much credit. Name me one
            idea that Stern had? Put the NBA on TV?
            Yea, that was a rather unique idea, LOL.

            The fact of the matter, Bird and Magic (among other
            players) are what got ratings and made the
            NBA product attractive to people. It does not
            take a genius to sell a product that people were
            already taking an interest in. Again, you give him too
            much credit.

  • 242LakerFan

    How come you never hear about refs getting fined for blowing calls that decide games? Maybe if they did that…and announced it…

  • Lakers 24 7

    Phil Jax don’t give a rats ass! OG TRIPLE OG!

  • Marwan Marzina

    Watch the playoffs now, Phil tends to get more fines in the playoffs. I believe he got 2 or 3 fines last year because the refs were obviously bias towards the other teams. To Denver and Orlando so he got fined.

    But its for a good cause, because the game after he got fined, the Lakers would win.

    • LakerMarc

      I guess the refs DO take it to heart (if only for a split second) and make it a point to be more selective in their calls and how they judge them. But why is it such a big deal if someone criticizes the refs? Why does the NBA as an orgaization impose fines, for someone simply voicing their opinion or their side of things? isn’t that what calls are anyway? the particular way an individualk sees something?

  • Justin M.

    lol, South Park should do a parody on the NBA refs and David stern. Cartman can break out the Hitler mustache :)

  • kblaker4life

    Why is Durant getting so much respect from the refs? He’s great and everything, but he hasn’t accomplished anything. I agree with Garnett and Phil about the refs giving Durant so many calls. I think he’s too young, to deserve this much respect. I mean, come on- he has NOT even won anything yet. Ridiculous… It will be interesting to see how many times the ref will put him in the FT line this whole series.
    I hope the refs or the league is reading this, cuz I dont give a f^&K. I hope they let us play physical this entire playoffs, so Artest can be effecctive defensively.
    Then when Kobe goes to the basket, he hardly gets a call. And how many rings and accolades does Kobe have? Come on- man- don’t play politics, this is BS and ridiculously frustrating.