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Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The NBA has fined Phil Jackson $75,000 for comments on the collective bargaining agreement, and $75,000 to the Lakers too, according to reports from Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.

The comment evidently was one made in Portland to traveling Laker writers about next season in which Jackson reportedly said it would be wiped out entirely. Jackson even went as far to say that it factored into his decision to retire.

"It was really about the fact that there's going to be a lockout," Jackson reportedly said. "It's the perfect time to help the organization cover a gap if there's a lockout. My staff, all those guys who work with me. All those things played into it. I felt like an obligation."

"Who knows what the NBA is going to look like next year?" Jackson continued. "It's going to take on a whole different proportion. How long is it going to last? I think there are some people who are pretty convinced there's not going to be a year next year."

This isn't the first fine done for talking too much about the CBA negotiations, and it probably won't be the last. The NBA is very sensitive to it, you see. Of course this is a day after the league fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using a gay slur caught by television. Expensive week for the Lakers.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:16 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

Does he get his money back if there is a Lock Out?

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:53 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

Jackson is fined for this, but not for his ludicrous comment that Kobi "was unfortunately caught" directing a gay slur to a ref during a game.  UNFORTUNATELY NOT CAUGHT??  Sounds like a person who gets a DUI blaming the tree he hit and not the alcohol.  Retire already you dinosaur!

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:22 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

- you're a Lakers, Patriots and Yankees fan......?

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:05 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

I have somewhat split opinions on this issue.  On one hand Jackson is merely giving his reasons or bowing out of his long NBA career.  He is not talking ill of his employer or association, but merely stating why it is a good time for him to step down in a candid conversation.  On the flip side, Sterk does not want to see the side of the owners compromised in negotiations by the actions of a coach or executives of one of the teams.  Yet, at the same time, implementing a large fine on a retiring coach for stating his feelings on this issue may come back to haunt Sterk in the future if Jackson decides to work with the NBA Players Association as revenge for the large fine.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:56 am

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

I hate David Stern.  Jackson didn't say anything negative at all.  He answered a question honestly and addressed the elephant in the room.  There is no reason why Jackson and the Lakers should have been fined.  Stern is has got his panties in a wad the last few days.  Maybe Kobe got the big fine because Stern is what Kobe referred to in his slur.  Look I absolutely HATE the Lakers, but I don't see any reason why Jackson and the Lakers were fined.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:25 am

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

You still cant trash your employer
I'm sorry, could you show me exactly where Phil Jackson trashed his employer? Oh yeah, you can't because he didn't.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:09 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

Stern acting like a little Hitler!  This is freaking America Mr. Stern, people have died defending our right of freedom of speach!  Get down from your Ivory Tower!

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:38 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

Recent phone call:

  • Secretary:  Mr Stern, there is long distance call on line 1.  It's from Los Angeles.
  • Commissioner Stern: Thanks Louise.  I'll take it.  You should take the rest of the day off.
  • Secretary:  Thank you Mr Stern.
  • Stern (DS) waits about 20 seconds, picks up phone...
  • DS:  Juh... Juh... Jerry?  I mean Dr Buss how are you?
  • JB:  I am doing well David.  There is something I would like to--
  • DS:  Dr Buss, er Commissioner Buss, is it the Kobe fine?  I had to do it, they saw him on TV--
  • JB: No it's not about that--
  • DS: Is it the fine for Phil?  I mean Phil is the best ever and all, but he knew how we were NOT to say anything about the impending lockout.  I--
  • JB:  No David, it's not any of that.
  • DS: Whew.  I thought maybe you were going to fire me.
  • JB:  No David.  As long as the Lakers are winning, natch, your job is safe.
  • DS: Thanks Commissioner Buss.  What can I do for you and the Laker organization?
  • JB:  I think you know about this chicken pox thing that is going around.  We have the best doctors in the world working on it, but we may lose a few players in the playoffs,  The timing couldn't be any worse, you know.  I was wondering if there was some way to... well... let's say, EXTEND the postseason until our guys are healthy?  You know Laker success = NBA success.
  • DS:  Yes Dr Buss, but I don't know if we can schedule games over two or three weeks without our Lakers playing.  The fans may get suspicious.  You remember the Ralph Nader incident in Game Six back in '02 with the Kings...  That idiot Donaghy almost spilled the beans.  It's good we jumped on that quickly.
  • JB:  Yes, I know.  That was a masterful response on your part.  The "rogue referee" blast was special.
  • DS: Thanks Commissioner.
  • JB: Can you think of anything we can do to stall, er, I mean help our guys heal and stay in the playoffs?
  • DS: I got it Commissioner Buss.  We had problems with the referees at different times this season.  Let's say we have no money to pay the refs because of their less than stellar effort to keep the Lakers in it, er, because of so many bad calls.  Let's let the referees go on strike!  It's perfect!  The fans will never know!  The Lakers will get healthy and we can offer the refs a bone to come back in.  We can do this for 2-3 weeks.
  • JB:  That's a great idea David.  Fantastic.  When you come up with ideas like this, I knew that keeping you as "NBA Commissioner" would payoff.
  • DS: Yes sir Dr Buss.  But you and I know who really runs the NBA. Natch.
  • JB: It was nice talking to you David.
  • DS: It was nice talking to you Dr Commissioner.
Did this really happen? Only the Shadow knows.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:33 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

Looks like Stern is on the warpath:   I couldn't believe it.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:30 pm

Report: Phil Jackson and Lakers both fined $75K

Hockey? do they still play that "sport"? I thought when they cancelled the season (and nobody noticed) that it was gone for good.

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