Friday, September 7, 2007
Updated: September 12, 1:44 AM ET
Milicic fined $14K by FIBA, reprimanded by Grizzlies for tirade
MADRID, Spain -- Memphis Grizzlies center Darko Milicic was
fined nearly $14,000 by FIBA on Friday for a profanity-laced tirade
at referees following Serbia's defeat at the European basketball
Milicic, who signed a three-year deal with the Grizzlies in the
offseason, made the comments -- directed at match officials Fabio
Facchini, Virginijus Dovidavicius and Stelian Banica -- after
Serbia's 68-67 loss to Greece on Tuesday.
Basketball's world governing body fined Milicic $13,770.
Serbia finished last in Group A, winless in three games for its
worst finish in the tournament since its maiden appearance as
Yugoslavia in 1947.
Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace and coach Marc Iavaroni
called Milicic on Thursday to communicate their displeasure about
the comments, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported Friday.
"We're very displeased with Darko's actions and comments,"
Wallace said. "It's an emotional situation playing in national
competition, particularly with Serbia, because they take pride in
having good teams. But Darko has to be in control of his
Milicic, who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2003 NBA draft by
the Detroit Pistons, averaged eight points and five rebounds last
season for Orlando.