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Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau fined $35K for comments made after Game 3 loss to Heat

May 12, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

Tom Thibodeau AP

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for comments he made about the officiating following his team’s Game 3 loss to the Heat, the lague announced on Sunday via official release.

And really, this wasn’t a question of “if,” but more a question of “when” and “how much.”

Thibodeau ripped the officiating during his postgame press conference, stating among other things that he knows his team won’t get calls against Miami, and that the play that saw Nazr Mohammed get ejected for his shove of LeBron James was a flop by James more than anything else.

“From my angle, I just saw a guy basically flop, you know, and I’m going to leave it at that,” Thibodeau said. “When you play them, you have to have a lot of mental, physical and emotional toughness. And things aren’t going to go your way. That’s the way it is. We’re not going to get calls. That’s reality. We still have to find a way to get it done. And we can.”

NBA head coaches will gladly take the fine if their comments have even a small impact on the way the officials might call things a little differently in the next game of the series.

Game 4 between the Bulls and the Heat is Monday night in Chicago.

  1. howsmyrash - May 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Not saying the Bulls are losing this series because of the refs, just saying any Heat “fan” who wouldn’t trade Thibs for Spoelstra is either a liar or a moron so don’t come on here and bash the only reason the Bulls are in the playoffs let alone the second round.

    • gmsingh - May 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      rash, I think it’s possible for Heat fans to be liars and morons at the same time.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Jealous much?

      • gmsingh - May 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Was my comment that hard for you to comprehend?

  2. packhawk04 - May 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    The officiating in this last game was pretty brutal… heat should and will win the series, and the refs wont be a reason why, however.

  3. cfos00 - May 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    The Heat should win this series based on talent, but you’d have to be blind to think the officiating has been close to decent. I don’t blame Thibs at all for saying what he has, and frankly, he should. It’s worth the 35k to see if he can get some calls out of it. Phil used to do the same thing with the Bulls and Lakers, even when he was up in a series.

    The problem is that there doesn’t seem any accountability for the officials in the league at all, and the league seems to actively fight changing that. That looks bad to coaches, players, and fans when refs seem to actually be screwing a team over. The Mavs will almost always lose if Danny Crawford is on the floor with them, certain refs seem to get assigned every time a home team needs a win, and the league had a ref on take that didn’t stick out AT ALL for years. If you couldn’t see the parade of technicals and flagrants coming in game 2 from a mile out, you haven’t been following the league enough. The problem isn’t just with this series, it’s with the league in general. The reffing truly is bad, and no with any kind of power seems interested in fixing it. Stern doesn’t seem to care even a little as long as TV money keeps flowing in, so the problem isn’t going to change, and teams and fans bases will keep the perception that they’ll never get a fair shake as long as the other team has bigger stars or are in a bigger market. He truly doesn’t seem to care at all that there have been times when people legitimately question the integrity of the product he puts out there—even when it turns out they were right to question it. That’s why coaches still have to try and say something, and hope that they can buy their team a few calls when it seems every 50/50 call is going against them.

  4. gmsingh - May 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Does anybody really think what Thibs said was worthy of a fine that big?

  5. iowahbr - May 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Stern and the NBA are so two-faced about this type of thing. They have all kind of mandatory rules about meeting the press after games and being available for interviews yet every time anyone says anything not made of pabulum out come the fines.

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