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Erick Dampier, did you think David Stern was kidding about the referee criticism?

Apr 26, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

Congratulations Erick Dampier, you’re the next contestant on the “pay $35,000 game show.”

After the Mavericks lost game three to the Spurs, he said to ESPN and anyone else that would listen:

“When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass,” said Dampier. “But when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glass.”

David Stern said the crackdowns would continue, and he is nothing if not a man of his word. Today Dampier was fined $35,000 by the league for his comments.

We’re barely a week into the playoffs. Wonder who else is going to be our next contestant in the game David Stern always wins.

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