Los Angeles Lakers: illegal defense

Mike Brown "applauds" lobbying by George Karl

April, 30, 2012
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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Denver coach George Karl used his press conference following the Nuggets' 103-88 loss to try to get into the referees heads and gain more favorable officiating in Game 2.

"(Andrew Bynum) was playing nice illegal defense," Karl said after Bynum tied the all-time NBA playoff record with 10 blocked shots Sunday. "He zoned up good. I think we got one illegal defense (called against the Lakers). I saw about 30."

Lakers coach Mike Brown chalked Karl's comments up to nothing more than gamesmanship.

"He’s a veteran coach, he’s been in the playoffs a long time," Brown said after practice Monday. "He’s got to try to work the officials in a lot of different ways. He’s just trying to work the officials, work the public a little bit which I applaud him for doing."

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