Los Angeles Lakers: referees

Phil Jackson pays 35 grand to reveal Kevin Durant's age

April, 15, 2010
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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'Tis the season for Phil Jackson to scratch out checks. Earlier in the month, he was fined 35 grand for calling out referee Bennett Salvatore's unpredictability. Well, his wallet's now light another $35K for expressing the opinion young Kevin Durant has already earned a sizable degree of referee love despite so few years in the league.

And hey, if anyone should be considered an expert on the matter, it's Phil. Dude spent years coaching Michael Jordan -or as Kevin Garnett calls him, "Michael (bleeping) Jordan"- who practically invented superstar deference.

Predictably, Stu Jackson and the gang sent the Zen Master an invoice. Were I Phil, I'd ask to just run a tab, then write one big check at the end of the playoffs. Makes balancing the bank book way easier. Or a bar bill. Not that I would know, of course.

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