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Celtics coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA yesterday for criticizing referee Bill Kennedy after Tuesday night’s loss to the Bulls. According to an NBA source, Kennedy was also fined an undisclosed amount for his conduct.
“The technical on which I got thrown out was the most unprofessional technical by a ref I’ve ever had,” Rivers said after the game. “He stood there and goaded me and goaded me and stared at me. Look at the film. I actually walked away. He asked me, ‘Where do you want the ball?’ And I said, ‘Ask them,’ talking about my players. That’s my right to say that. He stood there and stared me down and stared me down and goaded me until I turned around and said, ‘What?’ That’s when I got thrown out of the game. In a [5-point] game? Think about that.”
Reaction: Doc had every right to be furious with that referee. When a league official tries to show up a player or coach (i.e. Dick Bavetta), then they are not doing their job, and simply trying to make a name for themself. To be honest though, now I’ll remember Kennedy the next time he’s officiating a Celtics game. So I guess he succeeded…