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Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 5:22 pm
 
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was fined $35,000 for comments he made about the officiating in Game 1 of his team's series against thenate-mcmillan Dallas Mavericks. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Any time Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki goes 13-13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to win Game 1 of a playoff series, you know there are going to be some upset people on the opposite sideline. That's exactly what happened on Saturday, as Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan vented some frustration at the officiating after his team lost to the Mavericks, 89-81.  that helped send Dallas to an 89-81 victory.

On Monday, the NBA fined McMillan for his comments about the officials -- about the 19-2 fourth quarter free throw disparity in particular -- and released the following statement. 
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan has been fined $35,000 for public comments about the officiating, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
McMillan made his comments following Portland’s 89-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on April 16. 
So what did McMillan actually say? Not much. 

The Oregonian transcribed his post-game statements, which were presented as surprise and frustration rather than rage.
"The free throws, I just don't get that," McMillan said. "It's hard for our guys to know how to play out there when it's called a little different. (The free throw difference was) 19-2 in the fourth quarter. And I felt like we were attacking and guys really didn't know how to play with the fouls that we're being called.
"A lot of touch fouls and I thought that (gave them) momentum and pretty much gave them control of the game in the fourth quarter," McMillan said. "This game was pretty much decided at the line in the fourth quarter." 
While McMillan's criticism wasn't that direct or heavy-handed, he surely knows that he shouldn't have said anything at all if he didn't want to hear from the league office in this strict post-Donaghy era. Did he make the comments intentionally? It's a good possibility, as Portland could play up to three more road games in this series and he surely doesn't want to see such a disparity again. 

Is it worth the find to send that message? And does anyone listen when a coach gripes like this? Who knows. But McMillan recently got a two-year contract extension, so he can afford it either way.
Comments

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

Everyone who watched the game could see how bad the officiating was. I'm not saying this because I'm a Blazer fan but as an observer. Instant replay after instant replay showed Portland especially Aldridge being fouled time and time again and getting a no call. Other times fouls were called against the Blazers and instant replay showed no contact. I'm not one for conspiracy theory's but the Blazers at the very least got homerd.

On to Nate. 1st I'm sick and tired of the NBA hiding their officials behind the no talk zone. Nate stated facts and didn't go after the officials. While this wont change the results of game 1 it may stick in the official's head. Second, it shows Nate has his players back. Better to have Nate get a fine than a player potentially being tossed for a game. I know its asking so much as over the years the league has had it in for the Blazers but it would be nice to see a came called straight up and let the best team win.




Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

"That's exactly what happened on Saturday, as Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan vented some frustration at the officiating after his team lost to the Mavericks, 89-81.  that helped send Dallas to an 89-81 victory. "

"Is it worth the find to send that message?"

Is it worth the find to read this article?  that we read this article?



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

Go Nate!
      
;      Were the calls going all haywire, yes, was it wirse then I've ever seen it, no, I htink Nate is happy to give up 35k in defense of his team, and to get them fired up. I watched the game, and yes I'm a Blazer Homer in the worst way (season ticket holder) The game was called pretty loose until the fourth, and then it was ticky tack time, but, it really was not that horrible. I feel like Nates comments reflectr that as well, the tightness of the game definately went in Dallas's favor, and the Blazers were just as agressive, pretty even in that regard, but the rules seemed to be changed a little bit in the fourth. I digress, Nate rarely praises his team out loud and in public, this is his way of showing them that he apreciates what they are doing, and to, now, get after it because he has their backs. Paying 35k is just good coaching, and pittance if the blazers win a road game against a tough Dallas team, second point in my rant, Nate, I think, is also saying to the Blazers, if they are going to call you for fouls, then foul them, a quiet, natemcmillanesque, way of saying, lets go out there and bang a little bit. Good strategy......small change..... I bet if the blazers win this series nates contract gives him 500k for first round win :) or some such number....GO BLAZERS!!!!




Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:22 am
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

"What the HELL ever happened to free speech?"
Employers have always had the ability to control what their employees say about them. The First Amendment only protects you against Congress passing laws limiting your speech. If your company has a policy that says you can't badmouth them publicly or you'll be fined/fired, that's perfectly legal, and that's been the NBA's policy for quite some time now. It doesn't even matter if the complaint has merit (I don't think this one does, but I'm also a Mavs fan so I could be biased)--companies can limit your speech as long as it's a policy to do so and there's nothing you can do about it except negotiate exceptions into your contract.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:00 am
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

When the Refs want you to win, they'll find a way ... just ask the LA Lakers and look at the FT disparity throught the finals last year, particularly in the 4th quater of game 7, only the most important game at the most critcial time.   LA Refs = 2010 Champions *  Embarassed



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

"I'm surprised the NBA didn't find some way to fine the Lakers and Phil Jackson for this."

After 2002 game 6 vs the Kings, Jackson and LAL ought to get fined any time they complain about refs, ever.




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

NBA Commissioner David Stern revealed that over 50% of the league's officials violated league gambling rules, but maintained that Tim Donaghy is the only ref to have bet on basketball games. Stern said the league is introducing new rules and procedures for referees, such as not revealing the officials for a game until the morning of the game, and allowing referees to gamble in casinos during certain times of the year, and to play state lotteries. The Commissioner also pledged to be more forthcoming with the public regarding officials' mistakes. October 2007



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

I'm surprised the NBA didn't find some way to fine the Lakers and Phil Jackson for this.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Nate McMillan fined $35K for officiating comments

What the HELL ever happened to free speech? If the comments are not libelous the league has absolutely no business censoring them. Neither the officials nor the league office are omnipitent or incaple of error. To attempt to regulate comment on their performance takes them back to the other side of the old iron curtain. What's next disciplinary action for unacceptable facial expressions in response to a call?



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:29 pm
 

When the comments are less offensive than the

reaction from the league office, some things become blatantly obvious.  These actions are the same kind we see from our government.

We have the power and we will damned well use it to put in the fix wherever we decide it will make us more $$$.


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