Jackson fined $35,000 again by the NBA
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was fined $35,000 for the second time in as many weeks for criticizing officials, the NBA announced Thursday.
Jackson was fined for saying that Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant gets to the free-throw line with ease.
"Yeah, by the calls he gets, he really gets to the line a lot, I'll tell ya," Jackson said Tuesday. "There's a couple times in the last game where I was pretty curious how he got there."
Durant averaged 10.2 free-throws a game this season, tying Cleveland forward LeBron James for most in the NBA.
Jackson's words were an early attempt at playing mind games with the referees, if not Durant, in the Lakers' upcoming first-round playoff series against the Thunder. Durant responded by saying Jackson was being "disrespectful" by saying he got to the line so easily.
Jackson was fined another $35,000 on April 5 for criticizing referee Bennett Salvatore after the Lakers' 108-101 victory against San Antonio. Jackson thought Kobe Bryant was hit unnecessarily with a technical foul in that game and said that "With Bennett, you never know what you're going to get."
-- Mike Bresnahan