Warriors’ Mark Jackson Fined $25,000

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OAKLAND –
Warriors coach Mark Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for comments that the league said were “an attempt to influence the officiating” after several statements in recent days about the physical play of the Nuggets in the first-round series.

He responded later in the day, about 90 minutes before tipoff of Game 6 at Oracle Arena, by saying he was “extremely thankful” he did not get disciplined for criticizing referees. The inference was clear: Jackson wanted it known he did not question the performance of the officials, but had to live with the ruling that his comments were a coach playing psychological games with referees, a ploy that doesn’t exactly make him a pioneer.

“I don’t like it,” he said of the decision. “And I disagree. And that’ll take care of itself. But at the end of the day, we’ve got a game at 7:30 and I’m excited about the opportunity that this team has in front of them. That’s the most important thing right now. We will not get sidetracked with anything that’s not on the track. We’ve got our blinders on and everything else will take care of itself.”

Jackson said he cannot remember being fined before, as a player or coach. When asked if he thinks he will get a fair whistle in Game 6 in the wake of the penalty, his replied:

“I will not try to influence anybody.”

17 Comments

  1. Rashun10 says:

    I think some referees make bad and unfair calls intentionally. They give some players fouls or technicals for small things like smiling or guesturing. Why some players are allowed to give hard fouls and others are not. I believe some referees are dirty.
    They don’t like some players and it is obvious in some games, they constantly give them bad calls. Basketball isn’t any different from any other segments of society. When people have power, they don’t always use it fair or responsibly. They make mistakes-They are human and human beings are very complicated you don’t always see what you get.

  2. JP says:

    AT THIS MOMENT i DON’t KNOW THE COMMENT THAT MR. JACKSON MADE ABOUT THE REFEREES, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ONE THING THAT I DON’T LIKE AND IS THE WAY THE NBA RULES AGAINST ANYTHING THAT ANY COACH OR PLAYER SAID ABOUT THE REFERREES. IS LIKE THEY WERE GODS AND UNTOCHABLES.i BEEN FOLLOW THE NBA AND OR ABA FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS AND THESE PEOPLE ARE TOO SPECIALS AND LET ME TELL YOU THERE ARE SO MANY TIMES THAT THESE REFERRES MADE BAD AND UNFAIR CALLS ! THANK GOD FOR THE DIGITAL AGE SO THEY CAN REPLAY SOME CALLS. LOOK AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY ARE HUMAN BEING THAT MAKE MISTAKES

  3. LOL says:

    c’mom Danver fan…. wake up

    you guy were lucky on game one, otherwise this would be a four games sweep. Stop blaming on the ref making bad call.

  4. Nobody says:

    If George Karl sent “hitmen” after stephen Curry, then Kobe Bryant (someone who has beatten Karl’s Nuggets year after year and in the western conference finals) would have said a long time agao that the Nuggets were sending hitmen after him. Kobe Bryant or any of the lakers never said that. If any team has gotten underneath Karl’s skin it’s kobe and the Lakers, not a young new Golden state team. Isn’t playoff basketball rough? is Curry suppost to be put in a plastic bubble? I’m sure Mark Jackson and Curry would love to leave bubble boy out there on the three point line where no one can touch him. It’s basketball not bowling.

  5. Mr.Magoo says:

    I’m not even a GS fan or a Denver fan and i did watch the game that was played in Denver. They were str8 out trying to get Curry c’mon. how come everyone is forgetting that this wasn’t the only game GS has Won. If Denver had done their job then there would not be a reason to play rough with curry, there would be no discussion on if the reffs were calling badly or not. If you are the # 3 team in the west play like the #3 team in the west. Denver got beat because they didn’t didn’t do their Job. Congrats to Curry and their bunch. Lawson ( a great player) and rest of the bunch will have to prove themselves next year.

  6. Will.I.Am says:

    Haha get real Nuggets fans, you’re just bad losers!!

    • googergieger says:

      Forgetting about the post game comments in game five already, hypocrite?

  7. Draymond Green fan says:

    @Rockets fan. did you that Mcgee draw a blocking instead of charging when draymond legally takes a charge too? only diff. is Javale missed both his freethrows

  8. jay says:

    if a coach can’t defend his players and what could easily be seen as multiple times of targeted roughness on Curry in the previous game, then something is wrong with the NBA. If players can play rough, a coach can state his OPINION on the game. this is typical…two fans of two competing teams will see things with bias. He was fined so that sends a message to the referees that the NBA has their back. So, if you think you saw fouls today that weren’t called don’t blame GS. Your team lost, so feel free to sit in the ocrner with some tissues until next year

  9. Rockets Fan says:

    WOW, a jump ball turned into another inbound for GS…

    • Josh S. says:

      Wilson chandler had his hand on the ball with his foot out of bounds. It couldn’t have been a jump ball since chandler was out of bounds

    • WeBelieve says:

      The charge was called incorectly, but the refs rewarded McGee with 2 free throws later and he missed them both. The “jumpball” was given to Golden State because doing the “holding” of the ball a Nugget player (I believe it was Chandler) stepped out of bounds.

    • googergieger says:

      Still a jump ball, guys. What does that have to do with anything? Give free throws to a guy that isn’t a good free throw shooter to make up for a call that ruined the Nuggets momentum? Incomparable things.

  10. Rockets Fan says:

    A charge that was clearly taken by Mcgee turned into a blocking foul and life saving FTs for GS….

    • Flamboyant Flamingo says:

      And then Nuggets got a make-up call the next or few plays later when McGee got free-throws when it was supposed to be a charge on him. Warriors deserved this game.

      • googergieger says:

        That is meaningless. The charge called on McGee ruined the momentum. Make up calls do nothing to actually make up for bad calls. The out of bounds play? The three fouls in a row on Faried to open up the third quarter? Denver attacking the paint all night long and ending up with the same free throw total as Golden State? At least the Denver players and staff didn’t blame the refs. Unlike Mark Jackson the hypocrite.

  11. googergieger says:

    Looks like the money went straight to the refs. Everyone knew his whining would work. Everyone knew it. Refs aren’t even hiding this, quite frankly, cheating. Only being called on one side of the court. Warriors are being called for no fifty/fifty calls and Denver is getting called for everything. Of course Curry is going to get hot, if the refs make it impossible to guard him. Denver attacks the paint and they have five free throws? Golden State has how many?! This is beyond unfair. Forget about how horrible a coach Karl is in the playoffs. This series was decided when Jackson made thos comments and the NBA rewarded him for it. This is beyond unfair. What can Denver do? They get fouled on one end with no calls and on the other they can’t even try to defend or get fouls called on them.