The NBA announced Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has been fined $25,000 for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating.
The fine, levied by Stu Jackson, the NBA executive vice president basketball operations, were based on comments Jackson made after the Warriors lost Game 5 at Denver.
Jackson said the Nuggets were roughing up point guard Stephen Curry. He was especially upset that in the first quarter, Denver forward Kenneth Faried tried to trip Curry — which Jackson took as an attempt at Curry’s oft-injured ankles.
It is widely believed, and obviously the NBA thinks so, that Jackson was setting the tone for Game 6. Curry, despite Denver’s physical play, didn’t get to the free throw line once in Game 5.
Is the league out of line for this fine, or did Jackson earn it?