As if the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night wasn’t bad enough, Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for “verbal abuse” of an official.
The league announced the fine Sunday.Tthe incident occurred late in the game as Jack was going for a rebound. He snatched the ball from the air after a Lakers missed free throw and was knocked to the ground by a combination of defenders, only to see that the officials had awarded head coach Mark Jackson with a timeout, but they did not call a foul on the play.
At that point, it was clear that Jack was very upset with the referees. He started barking at them before heading into the team huddle.
It’s always a shame to see players and fans hollering at the officials and blaming the lost game on bad calls, but in this case, it seemed almost justifiable. The Lakers wound up shooting 50 free throws on the night, while the Warriors only managed to shoot 16.
Coincidence? Bad defense? Call it what you want, but there were a lot of times where the referees made some seemingly phantom calls that got the Warriors’ bench upset and on their feet. But in the end, the officials couldn’t take back any calls, and the Warriors had to power themselves through it. Now, whether they did a good job of doing so, that’s up to you to decide.
The Warriors would end up losing the game 118-116 in a thriller that ended off a I-can’t-believe-that-almost-went-in heave from Stephen Curry as the buzzer sounded. Curry finished with 47 points on the night, but his performance was marred by the devastating Achilles tear that Kobe Bryant suffered in the fourth quarter. Bryant had successful surgery over the weekend and is expected to be out for around 6-9 months.