Grizzlies' David Fizdale hit with $30K fine by NBA for 'take that for data' rant
The rookie head coach didn't mince words discussing his thoughts after Game 2 against the Spurs
Fizdale's minute and a half rant railing the officiating ended with a dramatic pen slam and a "Take that for data!", whichto create shirts paying tribute to the rant.
His full comments are below:
'It's unfortunate that I've got a guy like Mike Conley, who in his whole career's got zero technical fouls. And just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves. It was a very poorly officiated basketball game. Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws, but somehow Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws. First half we shot 19 shots in the paint and we had six free throws. They shot 11 times in the paint and had 23 free throws. Not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up. Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint, we had 15 free throws for the game. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws, Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me. We don't get the respect that these guys deserve, because Mike Conley doesn't go crazy, he has class, and he just plays the game, but I'm not gonna let them treat us that way. I know Pop's got pedigree, and I'm a young rookie, but they not gonna rook us! That's unacceptable, that was unprofessional. Our guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and they did not even give us a chance. Take that for data! *Slams his hand on the table*
Fizdale was agitatated with what he called "poor officiating," but specifically with the disparity between the free throws attempted. His gripe was that his own player Zach Randolph, who he described as "the most rugged guy in the game," went to the free-throw line zero times, while Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard shot 19 free throws.
A fair point to make, but one that he undoubtedly knew would earn him a fine from the league for his remarks. So he went down swinging and made sure to earn every bit of it. Now he'll have to pry open the wallet to dish out some serious coin.
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