It turns out that was a $30,000 rant by Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Monday night.
That's what the NBA fined him Wednesday for his pointed — and much-shared — critique of the officiating in Game 2of Memphis' first-round playoffseries against the Spurs, won by San Antonio, 96-82.
The NBA's announcement:
Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fined $30,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Fizdale made his comments following the Grizzlies’ 96-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on April 17 at AT&T Center.
In his postgame comments, Fizdalereferenced Spurs forwardKawhi Leonard's 19 free throws (hemade them all en route to a 37-point night) and the lack of free throwsby Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph.Overall, San Antonio had a 32-15 advantage in free-throw attempts, going 31-for-32 while the Griz were 13-for-15.
"I'm not going to let them treat us that way," Fizdale told reporters. "I know (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has) got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not going to rook us. That's unacceptable. That was unprofessional."
Game 3 of the Grizzlies-Spurs first-round Western Conference series will be Thursdayin Memphis.The seventh-seeded Grizzlies are down 2-0 in the best-of-seven.