Jason Kidd made some controversial comments during his conference call with media Thursday afternoon. Kidd publicly critiquing the officials of the Nets Game 5 loss to the Toronto Raptors, namely Tom Washington. He even mentioned a specific play, the final one at that, where DeMar DeRozan took out Shaun Livingston's legs right in front of Washington. Here is the direct quote, courtesy of The Record's Andy Vasquez:
Kidd on end of G5: "Shaun made a heck of a play to come up w/ rebound & get fouled right in front of Tom Washington, but no call was made."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) May 1, 2014
One day later and Kidd has gotten hit with a $25,000 fine from the league.
Jason Kidd has been hit with a $25,000 fine for public criticism of officials, the NBA has announced.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 2, 2014
Kidd also mentioned the lack of calls Joe Johnson received during the fifth game of the series was "mind boggling," and that maybe the Nets should resort to flopping to draw some fouls.
Asked about it, Kidd offered little other than a weather report...
Kidd on the NBA fining him 25k for 'criticizing' the refs: "It was a beautiful day out today. Was it raining.' #NetsvsRaptors— Lenn Robbins (@LennRobbins) May 2, 2014
We will see if, despite his fine, Kidd can get have his team get more fouls called their way.
- Joe Johnson of Brooklyn Nets says he doesn't get enough calls - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York