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,â€ 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.â€
“It was horrible refereeing – a horrible game they reffed tonight,â€ 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.â€
The game was officiated by James Capers, Pat Fraher and Karl Lane.