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 Grizzlies’ eight-point loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Dec. 26 in Houston.
“It’s obvious, it was the refs tonight,” Randolph said, when asked for the game’s turning point. “Eight against five. The game — in the second half — the man was shooting free throws every time. We’re out there playing hard. They’re dictating the game. It can’t be like that, man. We’re out here playing too.”
“It was horrible refereeing — a horrible game they reffed tonight,” Randolph continued. “Awful. They dictated the game. Plain, point simple. They dictated the game. We’re out here working as hard as them. Come on, man.”
The game was officiated by James Capers, Pat Fraher and Karl Lane.