Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Brown fined; Murray out for preseason
ESPN.com news services
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NBA has fined Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown $60,000 for his actions surrounding his ejection from an exhibition game on Monday.
The NBA fined the Bobcats an additional $60,000 on Wednesday.
Brown was hit with two technical fouls by replacement referee Kevin Scott, then lingered on the court after being ejected in the third quarter. Scott called for security before Brown left for the locker room on his own accord.
The NBA fined Brown $35,000 for verbally abusing game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner. He was fined another $25,000 for publicly criticizing the referees.
The preseason incident is one of several involving replacement officials. The NBA has locked out the regular officials in a labor dispute.
The Bobcats also learned they will be without guard Ronald "Flip" Murray for the remainder of the preseason because of a left shin injury.
Murray was examined Wednesday and team doctor Glenn Perry determined Murray shows early signs of a stress reaction. The team has provided no timetable for his return.
Murray began experiencing pain in the last few days. He missed Monday's preseason loss to Atlanta and did not practice Tuesday.
The Bobcats signed the veteran just before the start of training camp and expect him to serve as a scoring shooting guard off the bench and a backup point guard.
Murray's injury comes as Bobcats starters Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler are close to returning from ankle injuries.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report