>> Saturday, June 13, 2009
Phil Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers' organization have each been fined $25,000 for Jackson's comments made during an in game interview. During an interview with ABC between the first and second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Jackson referred to an array of first quarter fouls on Gasol, Odum and Bynum as 'bogus.'
Personally, I think it is bogus of the NBA organization to fine either party for the comments that were made. I hate how the media runs up after every quarter asking the coach some stupid question, such as "How do you stop Kobe?" Jackson was in a lose/lose situation. By speaking his mind and stating his thoughts during an in game interview he gets fined, and if he had said nothing or declined an interview he would have been fined for not speaking. That's whats bogus.
Stating that a few calls were bogus does not warrant such a hefty fine. It is getting a little ridiculous on how the NBA penalizes players and coaches for comments made during and after games. Quit granting the media an interview during every second of every game. The NBA criticism committee is bogus!