Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd is usually pretty robotic about what he says during press conferences. That means he usually doesn’t say anything more than cliches. However, during a conference call on Thursday Kidd made a comment about one of the refs in Game 5 that drew a $25,000 fine by the NBA.
“Shaun made a heck of a play to come up with a rebound and got fouled right in front of (referee) Tom Washington, but no call was made,” Kidd said.
He was, of course, referring to the final play of Game 5 where Shaun Livingston saved a ball from going out of bounds before feeding it to Andray Blatche, who then blew the game. Kidd feels that Livingston was fouled before passing the ball to Blatche and was upset enough about the play to call the ref out by name. He must have known that the comment would draw a fine.
Kidd refused to comment on the fine before Game 6 and instead started talking about the nice weather outside.
Nobody has really been happy with the refs during this series. After the first three games, many Toronto Raptors fans were convinced that the refs were calling the series in favor of the Nets. Since then, many of them have backed off and simply with the opinion, shared by many Nets fans as well, that the refs aren’t favoring any one team over the other and instead are just bad. Kidd obviously agrees with them.
This isn’t Kidd’s first fine as a head coach, he was fined $50,000 back in November after he purposefully spilled water on the court to get around the fact that the Nets were out of time outs. He was also suspended for a couple of games to start the season as the result of a DUI he got last July.