The NBA fined coach Mark Jackson $25,000 on Thursday for attempting to “influence officiating” prior to the Warriors’ Game 6 showdown with the Denver Nuggets.
Jackson accused the Nuggets of playing “dirty” and suggested that they’d put a hit on point guard Stephen Curry in his postgame press conference following the Warriors Game 5 loss in Denver. The Warriors coach denied that he was trying to influence the referees with his comments.
“For two years now I have taken pride in not ever criticizing referees — two years,” Jackson said. “Reading the statement issued by the NBA, I’m extremely thankful that I’m not fined for criticizing the
Jackson’s comments came after a heated contest that saw Curry on the receiving end of a hard screen during the game’s opening possession and a hip check later in first quarter. Curry picked up a technical foul later in the game.
While Jackson disagreed with the fine, he said he’s enjoying the excitement of playoff basketball.
“This is an awesome time and I truly don’t take it for granted,” he said. “I’m smiling, $25,000 lighter, but I’m smiling.”