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Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:43 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 6:29 am
Posted by Ben Golliver

Update 12:08 p.m. Monday, February 6th: Yahoo Sports reports that the NBA has suspended Lakers head coach Mike Brown for Monday's game against Philadelphia. The league subsequently announced Brown had been fined $25,000.


New Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown was very anti-zen during the fourth quarter of a loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Brown completely lost his mind during an argument with referee Zach Zarba, earning himself an immediate ejection and potentially a fine and/or a suspension from the NBA league office.

The Los Angeles Times reports the details of Brown's meltdown and his comments after the incident.

The Lakers coach could face a suspension after appearing to bump referee Zach Zarba early in the fourth quarter of a 96-87 loss to Utah on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Brown was upset after watching Utah guard Earl Watson mug Pau Gasol for a steal that led to a dunk by Derrick Favors with 8 minutes, 35 seconds left in the game. The Lakers coach bounded onto the court and received two technical fouls, resulting in his first ejection of the season.

Brown said he apologized to his team but did not think his actions resulted in the defeat.

"I shouldn't have done what I did because it put our team in a deeper hole than it was in," Brown said. "It's not good to do that. It's not setting a good example or setting the right tone for our team."

Lakers assistant John Kuester and forwards Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace had to restrain Brown during his argument with Zarba. Brown told the Times that he wasn't sure whether he had made contact with Zarba during the fracas. 

The Lakers next play on Monday against the 76ers in Philadelphia.

Here's the video of Mike Brown getting ejected for arguing a foul call and melting down gainst the Utah Jazz via YouTube user TheScrappyCocoz.

Skip ahead to the 2:55 mark.


Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:22 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

To be fair to Mike Brown, the ref was an idiot to miss that call.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:08 pm

Brown Now

The lakers should have listened to Kobe and hired a different coach.  Brown can't coach a lick.

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:40 pm
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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:13 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

You'd better get your English midterm grade above a "D" before the spring social, young man, or mom won't spring for rootbeer floats afterward. Here's a freebie: a-r-g-u-m-e-n-t. Now go clean up the rest of that mess.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:38 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

Dark Horse -

I have to love people that use your arguement. It's an arguement from individuals who know nothing of the sport which is made obvious from using the arguement. Do home teams get the benefit of some "home cooking", the answer is undoubtedly yes. Does the number of fouls called on each team have anything to do with refs leaning more one way than the other? The answer is undoubtedly NO. The number of fouls called has everything to do with the style of play by each team. The Lakers get a lot of foul shots because they have a predominant inside game. Their main play is in the paint by either big men or driving to the basket - they have very few perimeter plays compared to what they do from 10 feet in. Denver and Utah, on the other hand, are huge perimeter shooting teams. Cut it anyway you want, you aren't going to see the fouls when your shooting from 20 feet away the way you will from under 10. Study the game my friend.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:17 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

Get your facts straight. Case in point:  last 2 Laker road games  Lakers called for 34 fouls as the away team, home teams (Denver & Utah) called for 41 fouls.  Plus, last 2 games Lakers took 55 FTs; OPP took 43 FTs.  And, you suggest that more fouls should be called on the home teams.

For every call the refs may have missed in favor of the opposing team, I am sure the refs may have missed them in favor of the Lakers or they are just playing the perfect defense that Mike Brown teaches.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:49 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

This is the difference between Phil Jackson and Mike Brown.  If Jackson were on the sidelines, the Lakers would get that call.  But because Brown is on the sidelines, they don't.  The karma of the NBA's star system is turning around to bite Los Angeles in the behind, and it won't get any better any time soon.  I'm not saying it's right.  Much as I hate the Lakers, I never want to see them get rooked. 

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:36 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

What a dumb sport

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:18 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

For Some reason the refs let Gasol and Bynum get fouled/hacked all the time. Blatant fouls and no calls. Guess because Lakers have 2 good 7 footers is infair. I'm glad the new coach is standing up for the unfairness that has been going on for at least since Gasol came to the LAKERS. KOBE too gets hacked alot with no call, But I guess because he is so aggresive and gets fouled alot  that wouldn't be fair also. Because he already gets alot of calls mostly on the outside for holding. But as far as KOBE driving to the hole and getting calls is rare.

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:02 pm

Mike Brown suspended, fined after ref bump

Butch, I agree with you. I am not a Laker apologist-when they play poorly I let them have it. But the last two road games the officiating has been so bad it does make me a bit suspicious. That play where Pau had the ball hammered way by Earl Watson essentially tackling him was one of several calls like that one that went against the Lakers.

I have no problem with the refs calling it however they call it-just call it relatively close for both teams. I get home court advantage, I've seen a million NBA games and I get it. This is not that. This is the Lakers getting HAMMERED and no call. Many times.

Those of you saying the league is in bed with the Lakers aren't watching the games, plain and simple. Just not the case.

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