David Fizdale set it off in his post-game presser after his Grizzlies lost game 2 of their NBA Playoff match-up against the Spurs, and now we learn just how much it will cost him.
After ripping the officiating in the game, dropping gems such as “Take that for data!” and “they not gonna rook us!”, Fizdale stormed off the podium and let Twiter do its thing. Well today the NBA stepped in and let him know that his rant would be costing him $30,000.
But after providing fans with such a memorable rant, doesn’t it seem like it was worth it?
Here’s the full rant:
It’s unfortunate that I’ve got a guy like Mike Conley, who in his whole career’s got zero technical fouls. And just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves. It was a very poorly officiated basketball game. Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws, but somehow Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws. First half we shot 19 shots in the paint and we had six free throws. They shot 11 times in the paint and had 23 free throws. Not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up. Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint, we had 15 free throws for the game. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws, Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me. We don’t get the respect that these guys deserve, because Mike Conley doesn’t go crazy, he has class, and he just plays the game, but I’m not gonna let them treat us that way. I know Pop’s got pedigree, and I’m a young rookie, but they not gonna rook us! That’s unacceptable, that was unprofessional. Our guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and they did not even give us a chance. Take that for data!
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