Rick Carlisle Fined 25K for Criticizing Refs
Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 by the NBA office for his comments criticizing the officiating following Thursday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors.
After the Mavs’ 100-97 loss in Oakland, Carlisle complained about Warriors center Andrew Bogut’s block of Brandan Wright’s potential go-ahead shot with six seconds remaining, referring to the play as an “obvious” foul.
“I’m disappointed and I’m very concerned,” Carlisle said Thursday. “Concerned about what’s happening at the end of games with the officials. I can only be honest.”
Moments later, Carlisle added: “I’ve never been one to make it about the officials. So I don’t want to wallow in this too much. But it’s a fact that two nights in a row, miscalls have really hurt us, and I’m disappointed by it.”
“I spoke to the NBA office and agreed that I should be fined for my comments following the Golden State game,” Carlisle said in a text message. “In this league we all have challenging jobs, and the job of the officials is one of the toughest. Those postgame remarks about the officiating were not appropriate, and I accept the fine.”