Monday, April 26, 2010
Dampier fined $35,000 for ripping refs
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS -- The going rate for griping about officiating these days is 35 grand, so Erick Dampier's fine comes as no surprise.
The NBA announced Monday that Dampier had been fined $35,000 for his comments after Game 3, which dropped the Cuban era Mavs to 2-16 in playoff games officiated by Danny Crawford.
"When we play defense we're under a magnifying glass, but when we're on offense, there's no magnifying glasses," Dampier said after the game. "You've got to call it both ways. Dirk Nowitzki drives, he doesn't get fouled. They drive on the other end and they get the little ticky-tack fouls. So keep it consistent, that's all. Don't be one way or the other."
Dampier becomes the third player to unvoluntarily donate $35,000 to charity during these playoffs, joining Boston's Rasheed Wallace and Orlando's Matt Barnes. Two coaches -- Los Angeles' Phil Jackson and Orlando's Stan Van Gundy -- have also been hit with $35,000 fines.
That prompted commissioner David Stern to warn coaches and players to cut out the complaining. Dampier's comments came the next after the Stern warning.