Posted May 12, 2013

NBA fines Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for comments about referees after loss to Heat

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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined for criticizing the officials. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined for criticizing the officials. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The NBA announced Sunday that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for comments about the officiating following Chicago’s 104-94 loss to the Heat in Game 3 on Friday night.

After Chicago went down 2-1 in the series, Thibodeau suggested that the Heat have been receiving favorable treatment from the officials.

“When you play this team you have to have a lot of mental, physical and emotional toughness,” he said. “Things aren’t going to go your way. That’s the way it is. You’re not going to get calls. That’s reality. We still have to find a way to get it done and we can.”

Chicago took four more free throws than Miami in Game 1 (29-25), but Miami took eight more than Chicago in Game 2 (29-21) and five more (30-25) in Game 3.

“Watching how things are going, I see how things are going,” Thibodeau said cryptically. “I watch very closely. I watch very closely. What I’m seeing is… we’ll adjust accordingly.”

Physical play, technical fouls and flagrant fouls marked both Games 2 and 3. In Game 2, both Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected for disputing calls. In Game 3, Nazr Mohammed was ejected for shoving LeBron James to the court. Thibodeau took direct issue with Mohammed’s ejection, suggesting that James embellished the contact and that the veteran Bulls center should have been allowed to remain in the game.

“From my angle, I just saw a guy, basically, flop,” Thibodeau said. “I’m going to leave it at that. … I didn’t think it warranted an ejection. I understand a flagrant foul. I understand that. But an ejection, no, no, nope.”

Finally, Thibodeau also questioned some of the calls on Jimmy Butler, who has spent significant time guarding James and was whistled for five personal fouls in Game 3.

“Jimmy has great demeanor  a lot of toughness, great body position guy,” he said. “Great body position guy. I’m watching him play defense and I’m looking at some of the things that are being called and I’m like…”

The Bulls coach then made a confused face and allowed the words to hang in the air.

Gibson was fined $25,000 on Friday for directing profanity at the officials during his Game 2 ejection.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson and Celtics coach Doc Rivers have also been fined for criticizing the officials during the 2013 playoffs.

41 comments
AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

The other funny part of this story.  After subjecting everyone else in the NBA to YEARS of Michael Jordan getting every call in the book, chicago fans are now whining about James.  Lebron still has a longgggg way to go before he even gets anywhere near MJ's ability to get calls

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

\ This is comical - Free Throws  Bulls-25, Heat-30... thats WITH a flurry of intentional fouls by the bulls at the end of the game.  The heat had MORE FOULS than the bulls, even going into the tail end of the 4th quarter.  Just standard Lebron/Heat bashing if you're whining about the refs here.  Bulls have simply not handled things well, and thats it

nothing complicated and no evil overarching consipracy by David Stern to give Miami the series.  Just stop with the ridiculous crap.  Fouls were relatively even the whole game, and the Bulls are acting childish when anything isn't going their way, and the anti-lebron/heat crowd is coming out and whining about the evil Stern overlord manipulating the officials somehow... my goodness it gets old

amolad
amolad

But the problem is that Thibs is right. His people have earned the right to get those calls now. 

And Scott Foster should be an ex-NBA referee now. Was there ever a sufficient explanation why Tim Donaghy called him 134 times in 2006 and 2007? That was more calls than Donaghy made to his bookie. The quality of officiating in American sports now is at an all-time low.

DJShagn
DJShagn

I don't care what team you root for, if you don't think the officials are manipulating the game you need to watch some NCAA basketball. The NBA is less concerned about real basketball and more concerned about drama and showtime. It is becoming more and more like the WWE and Harlem Globetrotter league

ady.harvey
ady.harvey

Fouls don't get called on Lebron, the same way they don't on Kobe,  and they weren't on MJ. That's just the way it goes when you're the poster guy for the league.

MichaelHeck
MichaelHeck

Noah is a crybaby trying to outplay an opponent who is clearly more talented than himself. 

Destonio
Destonio

Stern wants the Heat in the Finals. Look back to last year when they called a couple of fast fouls on Garnett in Game 7. He won't stand for any upsets and the refs know it. 

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Nba officials don't call traveling and not near enough fouls! The state of the game sucks! Any players who warrant being tossed should be fined 1/3 of their salary! Maybe they would respect the game and maybe each other!

knickfan
knickfan

The fine is the least of the Bull's problems. After game 3 horrible post-game interview with Thibs, the Bulls are as good as done in this series.

Able
Able

What a cry baby. Look at him, he is showing you that he needs a PACIFIER shape and size of a c##k to fit in his mouth. 

dtwin
dtwin

See what I mean about the blinders?

dtwin
dtwin

sorry. Spelling. Should be "anointed ones".

dtwin
dtwin

Until Stern retires, things won't change, and even then, I don't think they will. It makes Dallas' championship all the more remarkable given the one they had ripped from them the first time they played the "announced ones".

Lebron can do no wrong. Textbook embellishment. Ridiculous call. Bottom line, though, Nazr should not have shoved him. Taunted him? Absolutely. Ridicule him? Absolutely.

Hope they can extend the series and maybe even win but I wouldn't bet on it.

You'd have to be a major Heat fan withe full blinders on not to see the favoritism they are receiving.

Edal1965
Edal1965

Thibodeau is a cry baby. He will do everything to perk up his injury laden team but that's just it. Even with a complete lineup, the Bulls cannot beat the Heat just like last year when they lost in 5 games to the same team even with Derrick Rose in the lineup. Better luck next year Bulls fans.

MichaelHart
MichaelHart

Yes it is kind of stupid.  There was no excuse for the push on James.  He was merely fouled and trying to discard someone all over him.  I understand calling a foul on James, but it did not merit a technical.  The push was plain silly and not acting as he definitely was not expecting it.

treecrabdavid
treecrabdavid

its kind of stupid, you cant question or comment on the actions of an official.  just imagine if it were like that when people comment on our elected officials . . .

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@amolad lol Thibs' team is acting like a bunch of punk kids... whining and crying and trying dirty and cheap attacks on the Heat.  I used to respect this Bulls team - but this is ridiculous.  They're acting like a bunch of whiny punks who didn't get their way - its sad, really

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@Destonio more ridiculous conspiracy theories... no matter who is in the Finals... people say it was rigged to be there.  Just ridiculous

MichaelHeck
MichaelHeck

@Destonio I don't think Stern needs to interject or try to force the Heat into the series...Miami can do that all by themselves. That's like saying the NBA brass wanted Lakers' Showtime or Michael Jordan's Bulls in the Finals. Stop the silliness! 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@dtwin as opposed to paranoid conspiracy theories when a team you dont like is winning?   Yeah... 

The Dude
The Dude

@dtwin You should apologize for stupid comnents. They far outweigh your spelling errors.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@dtwin or you could just not be a whiny, crying, anti-lebron or anti-heat fan... we all know there are plenty of those out there - and that everytime the Heat win - they will come out in force - as seen here


mechgoddess
mechgoddess

@dtwin Well said. Stern mgmt is making basketball suck for the fans. NBA's favoritism is disgusting

JonathanHarrison
JonathanHarrison

@Edal1965 are you kidding me? How is Thibs a cry baby? Every game he never makes any excuses and just says, "we have more than enough to win." He never makes excuses for injuries or any type of officiating calls. After 3 games of bad officiating, he implied that they were not being fair. Thats it

The Dude
The Dude

@treecrabdavid I tend to agree, tree crab, but NBA is a private organization and it makes the rules with the idea of protecting officials of the league.

chitownboxing
chitownboxing

@AaronDunckel @amolad - Seriously?  I'm a Bulls fan, but you're crazy if you don't think the Heat are not playing dirty and getting the benefit of the referees. Every analyst said as much, especially after Game 2.  The Naz ejection started because Lebron threw him to the floor. That should have been a flagrant - possibly an ejection. Game 1 has been the only cleanly officiated game. Not just saying that because the Bulls won; Heat could have won that one, but the Bulls just made more baskets.

dtwin
dtwin

What would you have called if you were the ref. when Cole grabbed Noah around the neck? No flagrant? He didn't have the ball and wasn't setting a pick. By rule that's a flagrant 2 but for a Heat player it is a tech. And not even a personal foul. Seems fishy to me. How about your perspective, dude?

MichaelHeck
MichaelHeck

@mechgoddess @dtwin The "favoritism" you're referring to has always existed, teams just can't beat each other up any more. Now, the teams are allowed to goof it up. Gone are the Celtic, Lakers, and Detroit Pistons of the 80s or the Bulls of the 90s. Those teams were allowed to beat each other up and still receive favoritism. I'm fairly positive, considering James' talent and strength, he wouldn't have a problem with beating the crap out of Joakim Noah, dude's a pansy. 

DavidosaurusCawston
DavidosaurusCawston

@mechgoddess @dtwin Dallas was helped by the fact that during the 10-11 season Miami were not a well liked team outside of Miami. Now they are vindicated by last years championship. 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@JonathanHarrison

No - Thibs sees that he can't win without the underhanded tactics and blatant attempts to rile up or agitate the Heat... so hes using them... bottom line

treecrabdavid
treecrabdavid

@The Dude @treecrabdavid i guess eventually the only thing people who are fans of teams like the bulls, knickcs, pacers, okc and dallas can do is boycott the nba for their love of lebron

chitownboxing
chitownboxing

@AaronDunckel @amolad Oh thank goodness, AaronDunckel has reviewed the video 3-4 times. We can all rest now that you've given your opinion. Lol. Definitely a throw to the ground by Lebron, so much so that the seemingly biased refs even had to call a tech on him. 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@chitownboxing @AaronDunckel @amolad  the bulls are taking cheap shots, shoving, and acting like children.  The fouls were relatively even in the game until the very end - so there was no blatant favoritism.  Lebron didn't throw Nazr to the ground, Ive watched the video 3-4 times, and he flung nazr off him as he was being fouled... and then was shoved to the ground in a manner that screamed "childish"

like I said - Ive respected this bulls team and the coach - IN THE PAST - but this series they are acting like whiny brats... the fouls haven't been that uneven if you remove the end-of-game intentional fouls by CHI - so everyone needs to stop whining

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@dtwin their intensity is there... their common sense - trying to win through bullying and cheap shots - is not

James gets some help, yes - but no more than Michael did during his run in Chicago.... how does it feel bulls fans?

dtwin
dtwin

Ok. "the dude". Answer?

I am not a Heat fan or a Bull's fan. Just don't think the best player in the world should need all the help he's getting. As good as he is, and I am not being facetious, he shouldn't need the help. I don't think tthe Bulls without Deng, Heinrich, and Rose have enough to topple the Heat but I am liking their effort and wish my team put out that level of intensity every game.