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Lakers, Phil Jackson fined $75,000 each for his discussion of collective-bargaining agreement

April 14, 2011 | 12:07 pm

Lj9opjnc The NBA fined the Lakers and Coach Phil Jackson $75,000 each for comments he made last week about the possibility of an NBA lockout next season, league spokesman Tim Frank said Thursday.

Team officials are forbidden from publicly discussing the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league.

"Who knows what the NBA's going to look like after this year?" Jackson told a small group of reporters last Thursday. "I think there’s some people pretty convinced there's not going to be a year next year."

Jackson has been fined several times throughout his coaching career, often because he speaks his mind.

The collective-bargaining agreement expires June 30. Little, if any, progress has been made toward a resolution at this point.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson watches from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena April 6, 2011. Credit: Kyle Terada / US Presswire