Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has been fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing officials, the NBA announced through president of basketball operations Rod Thorn’s office.
Randolph made his comments following the Grizzliesâ€™ eight-point loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Dec. 26 in Houston.
â€śItâ€™s obvious, it was the refs tonight,â€ť Randolph said, when asked for the gameâ€™s turning point. â€śEight against five. The game â€” in the second half â€” the man was shooting free throws every time. Weâ€™re out there playing hard. Theyâ€™re dictating the game. It canâ€™t be like that, man. Weâ€™re out here playing too.â€ť
â€śIt was horrible refereeing â€” a horrible game they reffed tonight,â€ť Randolph continued. â€śAwful. They dictated the game. Plain, point simple. They dictated the game. Weâ€™re out here working as hard as them. Come on, man.â€ť
The game was officiated by James Capers, Pat Fraher and Karl Lane.