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Nets’ Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officiating, saying his team should start to flop

May 2, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

Jason Kidd AP

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has been around this block before, he knew the moment he opened his mouth to utter this sentence what was coming (via

“If flopping is the way to go, then we have to maybe play that game,” Kidd said later. “But Joe (Johnson) is a strong individual and unfortunately, he doesn’t flop. He plays and he doesn’t complain. But that’s why we have officials, for them to make calls.”

As expected, the league came down Friday with a $25,000 fine on Kidd for his comments.

Johnson was at the heart of the Nets’ 26 point comeback against the Raptors in Game 5, a charge that fell just short at the end. The Nets did a great job of getting Johnson the ball at the free throw line, putting shooters around him and let him create for himself and others. It worked. He just didn’t get a lot of foul calls.

Kidd wants those calls in Game 6 Friday night, (and In Game 7 Sunday if there is one). So he was willing to pay the price to plant the seed in the officials’ heads.

  1. csbanter - May 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    The refs have been bad at times in these playoffs. They pander to the home crowd so often its ridiculous.

  2. cantonbound13 - May 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Flopping works for the Heat

    • ranfan12 - May 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Where are the knicks again?

    • void96eater - May 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Your obsession with the Heat is unhealthy. There was literally no mentioning of them on this article.

  3. doug2626 - May 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Didn’t Garnett say that this is the playoffs and you shouldn’t llok for calls. Or was that just while they were ahead in the series.

    • doug2626 - May 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM


  4. jattsoorma - May 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Just man up jeez no need for flopping like lebron CP and Blake.

  5. bucrightoff - May 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Officiating has been even in this series, as in its been bad for both teams. No use in complaining.

  6. mt10425 - May 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Wade has his bed mattress made from basketball flooring because that’s where most comfortable.

  7. shanelsweet - May 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    I’m not seeing too much flopping going on in these games. It’s been hugely exciting to watch the games so far. Let’s start congratulating the NBA and it’s players and refs rather than bashing them. They really are delivering quite a nice show.

    • jrod2173 - May 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Lol, watch the Clippers play and you’ll see more flopping that you can stomach.

  8. nard100 - May 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Better that they flop than throwing shoulders like NFL LB’s like Pierce has been doing all year.

  9. onlyavoice - May 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Kidd Should Complain To Geritol

  10. canadatude - May 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Best $25,000 Brooklyn has spent all year. Nets flopping all over the place and getting calls. Whistles gone silent at the other end.

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