Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone has been fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse of a game official and not proceeding directly to his locker room” after Friday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (h/t NBA.com)
Malone was angry about the decision by the officials to award a jump ball with 1.9 seconds remaining in a one-point game. Kings’ forward Rudy Gay got the ball into the paint against Grizzlies defenders Tayshaun Prince and Mike Conley and lost control of the ball on his way up. He came down on the court with possession.
There were a number of possible calls that could have been made: Conley or Prince could have been called for a reach-in foul or Gay could have been called for a travel. Jump ball was probably the least likely potential ruling. Memphis controlled the tap and Conley ran out the click.
Malone went onto the court and yelled at referee Marc Davis after the horn.
After the game, Malone wasn’t done.
“I thought it was an awful call,” Malone told the Associated Press. “I didn’t see a jump (ball). It looked to me the official made the call and was running the other way.”
Gay was also not pleased with the call.
“Anybody that saw it at home saw what happened. You (can) make up whatever you want to make up about that.”
The Kings play at Oklahoma City Sunday evening.