Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has been fined $15,000 for making suggestive comments about officials rewarding flopping in his team's upcoming playoff series with the Miami Heat, the NBA has announced.
"They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA," Vogel told reporters earlier this week. "It’ll be very interesting how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward."
Vogel's Pacers took down the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, punching their tickets to the second round of the playoffs. The Heat downed the New York Knicks one round later to lock in their matchup for round two. Vogel may have made his comments knowing full well he'd be fined; it may end up being worth it. It might be worth a few grand for the young Pacers coach to impose his will on the officials through the media before the series gets underway. Indy and Miami tip things off tomorrow in South Florida.