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Bulls’ Taj Gibson fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse” of officials

May 10, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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Taj Gibson had a right to be frustrated — he was fouled two consecutive trips down the court and got no call. That he wanted to chirp at official Scott Foster and pick up a technical in making his point isn’t a shock.

But after the first technical he wouldn’t let up — he kept going and kept talking, got a second and got tossed.

And for that, the league came down on him with a $25,000 fine on Friday.

Joakim Noah, who also was ejected for yelling at officials from the bench, will not be fined. Miami’s Mario Chalmers saw his technical foul for a horse-collar foul on Noah upgraded to a Flagrant 1, but no word yet of a fine.

After the game Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talked about the Bulls not losing their cool — they didn’t get all the calls but they can’t let their frustration get the best of them. Which it did in Game 2. Things are not going to get easier for the Bulls this series, they need to keep their heads.

  1. reesesteel23 - May 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Saw it coming a mile away……anger issues much?

    • lmoneyfresh - May 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Watch basketball much? I don’t think anybody would say this is expected from Taj. Anybody who has watched him play at least.

    • hehateme2 - May 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Should have been more. He’s a classless punk that was being owned by the HEAT. Get ready for more tonight.

    • biasedhomer - May 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Heat of the moment thing, you obviously have never been in such a situation, although that is hard to comprehend since everyone else has.

  2. supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    $25K is a lot of money, I don’t care who you are. I’d be 100% out of debt with that amount

    • fanofthegame79 - May 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      you and me both, my friend!

      • dexterismyhero - May 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        so you both rent huh?

  3. fanofthegame79 - May 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I wonder if the Bulls believed their own hype “tough, scrappy team without a superstar – like the Pistons from early 2000’s”. They weren’t supposed to get past the Nets…they weren’t supposed to beat the Heat… Just throwing it out there for conversation.

    • supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      It was only one game though. The Bulls did steak Home Court Advantage. It’s still a series

      • supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM


      • lmoneyfresh - May 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM


      • hommie12 - May 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Had some Buffalo hot wings at Crosstown pub & Grill. Damn good.

  4. hazzie82 - May 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Wish that the Refs got fined… that was some poor ass officiating!!

  5. carolinabluesince95 - May 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    The ref group in this game was atrocious.

  6. yuwannano - May 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Damn. That’s what I almost owe in student loans. Hey Taj, can you lend me 25K???

  7. veinsofgod - May 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Jack Black (School of Rock): You know what? You don’t have to worry about me cause I’m a hardass, and if a kid gets out of line I got no problem smacking em in the head.
    Principal: No. No, no. We don’t use corporal punishment here.
    JB: Okay, so just verbal abuse?

  8. ccshocktalk - May 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    This is exactly what happened the last time Chicago beat Miami and ended their 27 game win streak. The next trip they went down to Miami and the referees called a very different game than the one they called in Chicago and of course, Miami won.

    I don’t want to say it’s all rigged, but lets be real, David Stern and his cronies do not want to see a Chicago v Indiana Eastern Conference final and have them potentially be playing the Grizzlies or the Warriors.

    If we’re lucky we’ll get to see a legit playoff series unfold without too much bull sh!t refereeing.

    • lmoneyfresh - May 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      I would say its less along the lines of the NBA conspiracy theory but more that different crews don’t call games consistently. If its called tight it favors the Heat and if they let them play it favors the Bulls. Problem is that you never know going into the games which way its going to be called. It’s too bad too because it affects the outcome so much.

    • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      “If we’re lucky we’ll get to see a legit playoff series unfold without too much bull sh!t refereeing.”

      When Joey Crawford is involved I expect the worst of the worst. He’s more of an executioner than a referee.

      • ccshocktalk - May 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Agreed. Anyone who gives Tim Duncan a tech while they are on the bench shouldn’t ever be allowed to referee at any level ever again.

  9. cantonbound13 - May 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    David Stern making sure the Heat win this series, shocking!

    • supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Can’t wait until Stern is gone. Most corrupt commissioner ever. He’d make a great politician

    • canehouse - May 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      cantonbound… you’re an ahole… must suck to be you.

      • cantonbound13 - May 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        classy Heat bandwagon fan chimes in.

  10. gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    a) Kurt-excellent summary of the situation. b) So now we have two flagrants on the Heat and none on the Bulls, yet a Bull is the only guy who gets fined. As usual w/ the NBA, something’s rotten in Denmark. Note to Heat fans: that last part is a Shakespeare reference.

  11. suckit619 - May 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Scott Foster aka Tim Donaghy’s good friend. Coincidence that he was calling phantom technicals all game? Stern knows exactly which goons to assign to Heat games to give them an extra edge. We should all look forward to “Mr. Look at me” Joey Crawford tonight. Over/under on technical fouls should be around 13.5, with 4 Bulls getting ejected.

  12. manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    As long as Stern allows the refs to “rectify” bad calls (and non-calls) by hammering whoever dares complain, this kind of crap will continue. Different crews interpret the game in different ways, but I find it hard to believe teams don’t prepare for that.

    The problem is plain: No matter how you prepare for the crew you get there are too many blown calls/non-calls, and players need to realize bitching about it isn’t going to help. Waiting for Stern and his minions to improve officiating is a waste of time.

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