via ESPN Dallas:
ESPN confirmed that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 after criticizing the late-game officiating in the NBA after Thursday night’s botched call as announced by NBA Executive VP of Basketball Operations, Stu Jackson. The Mavericks’ 100-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors sparked Carlisle’s frustration. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Carlisle sent texts to reporters today, letting them know that he is in complete agreement with the NBA’s decision to dock him a few thousand dollars. “I spoke to the NBA office today and agreed that I should be fined for my comments following the Golden State game,” Carlisle texted. “In this league we all have challenging jobs, and the job of the officials is one of the toughest. “Those post-game remarks about the officiating were not appropriate and I accept the fine.”
There has been no confirmation on whether or not Mark Cuban has been fined. Carlisle as you can see has expressed his acceptance of the fine and agreed that he did overstep his boundaries by saying what he said. Mark Cuban however is another story. According to ESPN Cuban has been fined more than $1.5 million during his 13-year ownership tenure in the NBA, mostly for publicly criticizing officiating, which included $50,000 last month after tweeting that he had “tried for 13 (years) to fix the officiating” in the NBA and has “failed miserably”. Whether not Cuban has or will be fined is still a mystery. Until then here is more from ESPN:
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said he has been fined by the NBA office for his comments criticizing the officiating following Thursday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. Carlisle declined to reveal the amount of his fine, saying it would be announced by the league later Saturday.
“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.”
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.
“We put ourselves in position,” Carlisle said. “I don’t know what you want to call it at the end. Unlucky? Whatever you want to call it. Screwed? It happened.”
Mavs owner Mark Cuban also fired off a tweet criticizing the officiating after the play, referencing a critical call against the Mavs in Tuesday’s loss to Portland that the NBA office admitted was wrong the next day.
It isn’t known if Cuban was fined for his tweet. Cuban is not on this road trip with the Mavs, who blew a 21-point lead in Tuesday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, when a critical call went against Dallas with 1.5 seconds remaining at the Rose Garden.
After video review the next day, the NBA office admitted that Mavs guard O.J. Mayo was incorrectly called for a charge. Mayo should have been granted two free throws because “Portland’s Ronnie Price did not get his body directly in Mayo’s path prior to him starting his upward shooting motion,” according to an NBA statement.
“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.”
Cuban has been fined more than $1.5 million during his 13-year ownership tenure, mostly for publicly criticizing officiating, including $50,000 last month after tweeting that he had “tried for 13 (years) to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably.”