The NBA has fined the Houston Rockets’ Dillon Brooks and head coach Ime Udoka for their public criticism of referees after they were both ejected Sunday.
Brooks was ordered to pay a $35,000 fine, while Udoka, who was also ejected earlier this month after getting into a confrontation with LeBron James, was fined $25,000.
The league said the two “direct[ed] inappropriate language toward a game official and publicly criticiz(ed) the officiating.”
Both were ejected with about 38 seconds remaining in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks after arguing a flopping call on Brooks. Houston lost the game, 128-119.
Brooks said referees missed a call and resorted to calling a flop on Brooks.
Brooks and Khris Middleton were both chasing after the ball, but it seemed like Brooks wanted a foul called on the Buck. Brooks was assessed his second technical foul, prompting an automatic ejection.
“I’m sick of refs being right in front of the play and not making calls and then compiling it with a bailout call like a flop,” Brooks said after the game. “I ran full speed to get the ball after I made a great play on trying to get a steal. Two hands are on me. After that, I’m throwing the ball and trying to protect myself and not falling into whatever that was — into the fans or the bottom of the floor.
“I’m trying to protect myself, and then, on top of that, he wants to call a flop with a minute left. That doesn’t make sense. Make calls during the game while the game is going on, but not trying to get something off. It’s unacceptable for me. That ref shouldn’t even be reffing our games, for real.”
Brooks has nine technicals this season, the most in the NBA. He trailed only Draymond Green in that category last season.
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