NBA fines Nets' Jason Kidd for public criticism of officials

Friday May 2nd, 2014

Jason Kidd Nets coach Jason Kidd has been fined for public criticism of the officials. (Claus Anderson/Getty Images)

The NBA announced Friday that Nets coach Jason Kidd has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officials.

Kidd's comments came on a media conference call one day after Brooklyn lost Game 5 to Toronto on Wednesday. The first-year coach was upset that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined to attempt 23 free throws while Joe Johnson attempted only one during the Raptors' 115-113 home win.

"If flopping is the way to go, we maybe have to play that game," Kidd said, according to Newsday. "But Joe is a strong individual and unfortunately he doesn't flop. He plays, he doesn't complain. That's why we have officials.''

Brooklyn had a last-minute chance to steal the road victory after Andray Blatche missed a free throw with a few seconds remaining, but the Nets wound up committing a backcourt violation following the scramble for the ball.

Kidd believed that Nets guard Shaun Livingston was fouled "right in front of [referee] Tom Washington'' in the scrum.

Back in November, Kidd was fined $50,000 by the NBA for intentionally spilling soda on the court. He also served a two-game suspension for pleading guilty to DWI at the beginning of the regular season. Game 6 is set for Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Friday. Toronto leads the series 3-2 and is seeking to advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

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