Warriors' Green fined $25K for criticizing refs
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $25,000 on Monday for criticizing the NBA's officiating.
Green told The Athletic on Saturday that ongoing friction between the league's officials and players is "ruining the game."
He made the comments following the Warriors' 121-105 win over the LA Clippers on Saturday at Staples Center. Green picked up his 11th technical foul of the season in that game.
He told The Athletic that officials are making things personal.
"It's bad," Green said. "It's horrible. It's really bad. I don't know why it is. But I think it's ridiculous. It's ruining the game. ... It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should."
Green received the technical Saturday when he approached referee Tyler Ford to plead his case that Montrezl Harrell fouled him when the Clippers forward blocked his dunk attempt.
Green proposed that the NBA should start fresh.
"They can get a new crop [of officials], a whole new crop," Green said. "Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don't work that way."
The fine was announced Monday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president of basketball operations.