Posted May 12, 2013

Reports: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau fined $35,000 for criticizing referees

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Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for criticizing officials following his team’s Game 3 loss on Friday night, according to multiple reports.

At his postgame press conference, Thibodeau said that his team is not going to “get calls” and explained the Heat’s 34-24 fourth quarter edge by saying, “they got to the free-throw line.”

The game was tied at 70 entering that fourth quarter. Miami won, 104-94, to take a 2-1 series lead, shooting 30 free throws — including 14 in the final quarter — compared to Chicago’s 25.

Thibodeau was particularly critical of Bulls center Nazr Mohammed’s controversial ejection in the second quarter for shoving Heat star LeBron James.

From SI.com’s NBA blog, Point Forward:

“From my angle, I just saw a guy, basically, flop,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I’m going to leave it at that.”

“I didn’t think it warranted an ejection. I understand flagrant foul. I understand that,” Thibodeau said. “But ejection? No. No. No.”


6 comments
felipemotors
felipemotors

It is a disgrace that someone in a COACH  MENTOR position would be so unethical and unprofessional...as to justify the DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOR OF ONE OF HIS TEAM MEMBERS!!!!!!!!  All you have to do is see the video...which represents what a NON NBA ...WANNABE PRO .... LOSING .....INCOMPETENT .... POUT Y AND CHILDISH NBA PLAYER as Mohammed did....it was an OUTRIGHT SHOVE....you CANNOT have an almost 270 + lb athlete fall on  his butt and slide about (6) feet backwards faking a  "flop"...how stupid can you be!!!! The sad part is the BULLS' COACH Tom makes his non professional animals..which want to call themselves NBA PLAYERS..think it is okay to act like this in front of millions and millions and millions of devoted fans!!! The COACH should have been fine double the amt and ejected from Monday's game...so he may learn the meaning of RESPECT! Then maybe he can serve as an example for his team...you need to set an example first ...then expect greatness.....KARMA IS A BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!! Just be a GOOD SPORT AND NOT A SORE LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!  A PASSIONATE NBA FAN!!!!!!!!!!!

FreeClarett
FreeClarett

Go to you tube and look up "Lebron James Mix King of Flop".  Once to establish yourself as a fake people will always question your actions whn something occurs.  If this were his first time in this situation I would give him the benefit of the doubt.  Instead it is LeBron that I doubt.  Sad that the most talented player of our time is also one with the least amount of integrity.  Like the announcers says, his flops are ruining the game.  

Alejandro Goicouria
Alejandro Goicouria

Got away scott free if you ask me. Its clear that the only weapon this guy has is to play dirty and hope the heat swing back and get ejected. The fact it isnt working is clearlying eating at him. Lost alot of respect for coach tibs because of this series.

FreeClarett
FreeClarett

I find it shocking that someone would accuse James of flopping.  If Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, than clearly LeBron is the King of Flop!! 

Alejandro Goicouria
Alejandro Goicouria

 @FreeClarett freeclarett=ohiostatefan=cavsfan=no credibility due to bias. Bulls are out matched and are trying to incite the heat to get kicked out. The only thing sadder than that is you inability to realize it.

opaque
opaque

 @FreeClarett

 You'd do better to refrain from commenting publicly in future as you've added nothing to this conversation besides some slanted idiocy.