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Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

Posted on: May 8, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 3:10 pm
 
Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on officials.
Posted by Matt Moore

Pretty bad week for the ol' Zen Master. The NBA Sunday fined Phil Jackson $35,000 for comments made Saturday regarding, yes, of course, the officials. Jackson's been complaining about the officials throughout the playoffs, mostly because the Lakers keep losing. Jackson has done this each year in the playoffs, prompting promises from the league to be aggressive with their fine structure to try and prevent intimidation of offiicals. 

The Lakers dominated the Mavericks in points in the paint in Game 3, but were doubled up in free throws. That's a pretty obvious element to complain about, but it ignores how the game was called. The officials were consistent on both sides of the floor, just inconsistent on where they called fouls. Most of the play under the rim was allowed, as both Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki were shoved around like rag dolls on the boards. But a lot of perimeter penetration  moves drew fouls, which the Lakers weren't doing as much of, instead passing to the post or going for pull-up jumpers. 

But Jackson's issue is specifically with much-criticized Pau Gasol, and how he's being defended in the post. From the Dallas Morning News

"You know, I've resisted this the whole playoffs, but the NBA used to call a knee to the backside, Jackson said. "That's what they call it. You couldn't lift a knee off the floor to run a guy off the post. And they're doing it every time. They're taking him out of the post so we can't get a tight post play. 
"We didnt complain about it against New Orleans. But the Mavs are doing the same damn thing. And until the league goes back to the rules that they have about playing post play, Pau's got to move out and face the basket. So we're kind of resigned that they're not going to go back to what they used to have as a rule and hes going to have to go out and face the hoop."
via Lakers coach Phil Jackson fined 35K for officiating commentary | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News.

Of course, this ignores the fact that other players in the playoffs are doing just fine in the post and that at some point, it's Gasol's responsibility to get tough and establish himself regardless. But then, that kind of approach isn't really the Zen Master's style. 

It's a good thing Jackson's retiring this year, otherwise the league might have to face the fact that their fines are largely meaningless against a coach with a bankroll like Jackson's, especially compared to the payoff for getting into the heads of the officials to see things his way. 

Game 4 is Sunday at 3:30 EST. 
Comments

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

i guess wend is hanging with lamar, sean avery, and kardisaman,,gay pride is at all time high..



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

now lamar can go home to his horse Khloe Karisaman..no doubt thats a man..so lamar can leave kobes butt alone for the offseason



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

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Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs




Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:00 am
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

Great Coach?   I was always taught when I was growing up that a great coach was one that could take his team and beat yours, then take your team and beat his.  Did the Zen Master EVER win a championship when his team was not a favorite to win it all because of the talent he had?????



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:50 am
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

Of course, Phil will go down in history as one of the best coaches in the NBA with his 11 titles.  I hope that future generations look at his achievement and say, wow, he should have won that many titles with the teams he coached.  To me, he is nothing more than a good facilitator and manger of high flying egos.  Sorry, I will remember his constant whining of the officials, passing it off as some great strategist.  The Zen Master has done a great job to fool many.




Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

cry me a river! 



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

Phil Jackson given a $5 parking ticket for improper comments. Why bother fining players or coaches when the amount isn't even chump change to them?



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Phil Jackson fined $35k for comments on refs

That big boob won 11 NBA titles.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm no Lakers fan.  But like him or not, he's one of the greatest NBA coaches ever.


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