Phil Jackson Fined For Comments
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been fined $35,000 for comments he made Tuesday that “publicly criticized game officials,” the league announced today.
I’m sure Jackson would considered it money well spent if his comments do indeed sway an official’s call or creep into Kevin Durant’s head, prompting the Thunder’s franchise player to go outside of his game to try to stick it to Jackson. It’ll be an interesting chess match. Durant, still just 21, is trying to earn respect in this league and takes it personally when opposing coaches and players question his production because he’s worked hard to get to this point. Jackson, on the other hand, has a duo of defenders in Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant that he can throw at Durant. But they still might not be enough to stop KD, and Jackson likely knows it. Thus, the mind games.
Here is the interview session in which Jackson made his original comments.
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