NBA News: Byron Scott fined $25K

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for comments about the officiating following his team’s loss at Minnesota on Friday.

The Cavs attempted a mere nine free throws in the 91-73 defeat, while the Timberwolves managed 35 attempts.

“I’m trying to figure out a way to say this without getting fined: It was that bad, it really was,” Scott said after the game. “I understand we’re playing in Minnesota, but 35-9? We went to the basket just as much as they did.”

The game served to break Anderson Varejao’s streak of consecutive double-doubles. Scott, coaching a relatively inexperienced roster, has become more vocal as of late regarding his team — specifically rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller — not getting the benefit of foul calls early on.

“A foul is a foul,” he said following the team’s loss to Chicago last Wednesday.

  • NamedMyKidPrice

    Wow Stern. You are going to fine someone for this? That was about as polite as a coach could be when the calls were obviously one sided. The NBA is becoming a joke to me.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    It’s obnoxious, but the same is true with the NFL and probably MLB as well. It has just about nothing to do with how valid the coach’s comments are and almost everything to do with the league adding a bit of revenue in a situation where they feel like they can get away with it.

    I think the thing that might bug me the most is that I’m sure all of the leagues budget how much money they expect to receive from fines in their annual budget projections. The simple fact that the leagues expend money based on the projection of fining players/coaches for comments and actions just gets under my skin.

  • NamedMyKidPrice

    I actually watched the interview live after the game and thought he did a great job of not losing his cool. I agree it is an issue with the NFL and MLB as well. As long as coaches dont blatantly call out their league for hiring poor officials they should be able to comment on how they thought the game was called.