Posted December 27, 2013

Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph rips officials after loss to Rockets, gets hit with $25,000 fine

Ben Golliver, Houston Rockets, James Harden, Memphis Grizzlies, Zach Randolph
(MCT/Getty Images)

Memphis forward Zach Randolph had 23 points and 17 rebounds in a loss to Houston. (MCT/Getty Images)

Zach Randolph knew who to blame for the Grizzlies’ 100-92 road loss to the Rockets on Thursday: the men in stripes.

“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.”

Randolph is certainly entitled to his opinion, but for expressing it publicly the NBA saw fit to fine him $25,000 on Friday. The league office has very little tolerance for public criticism of officiating from its players, coaches, and team personnel, and Randolph joins Nuggets guard Nate Robinson and Knicks head coach Mike Woodson among those punished for ripping game officials.

You don’t have to dig too far to find the cause of Randolph’s complaints: the Rockets attempted 40 free throws and were whistled for 19 fouls, while the Grizzlies attempted 20 free throws and were whistled for 30 fouls.

“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 comments — directed at the work of James Capers, Pat Fraher and Karl Lane — will almost certainly cost Randolph some money once they make their way to the NBA league office, which frowns upon public criticism of the officiating.

“The man” that Randolph was referring to above is surely James Harden, who shot 22-for-25 from the free-throw line. The Rockets’ All-Star guard finished with 27 points, even though he shot just 2-for-9 from the field, and he became the first player in NBA history to score 27 or more points while making only two field-goal attempts. He also tied the Rockets’ franchise record with 22 made free-throws.

“I couldn’t make a shot,” Harden said, according to NBA.com. “I just tried to get to the rim. … I just wanted to get into attack mode.”

Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points (on 8-for-20 shooting) and 17 rebounds. He was 7-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Houston improved to 20-11 with the win; Memphis dropped to 12-16 with the loss.

Quotes via YouTube user clutchfansDOTnet | via Juan Beltran, ESPN Deportes

27 comments
meritpaint
meritpaint

I will never forget the day Z-bos monkey a$s pulled into the US Bank and parked sideways in the handicap spot and flipped off everyone in the parking lot. What a disrespectful dirt bag.

VernonFranklin
VernonFranklin

He has a point. The refs this season and last season have been terrible. Everyone knows that it's easy to miss some calls and if they made every call the game would never  end. But on the other hand the unbalanced whistle blowing. You have teams going to the line 50 times in one game while the other team goes maybe 10 as if they don't get hit. A foul is committed with every single play but like I said, you can't call them all but there should be balance. Carmelo Anthony gets beat down every time he touches the ball whether he drives to  the basket or shoots a jump shot. Same thing with Lebron James. I've seen Lebron get hit so much I thought someone should've dialed 911.
People have a right to their opinion and I don't think voicing your opinion should get you punished especially when it comes to the referee. Guys getting thrown out of games only to have the foul or ejection rescinded the next day is crazy. Some of the bad calls cost games to be lost and the league rescinding the foul can't rescind the loss.

Marko_Viter
Marko_Viter

I Hope Z-bo hires some guys to teach those damned refs some lessons!

Mully
Mully

I'll never understand how and why the Tim Donaghy allegations dropped out of the public conscsiousness after about 2 seconds. What he had to say was hugely damning and if it was MLB we were talking about it would have been a scandal that made steroids look like nothing. I just don't get it.

semizurdo
semizurdo

See Game 2 of the ECF between Boston and Miami in 2012, NBA officiating is a shame

cuthbert
cuthbert

Yeah, 25k is such a deterrent.  

JhomelSolatorio
JhomelSolatorio

Stopped watching NBA because of the officiating. You should stop also so Stern would know the refs are awful. They accepted their fault in Griffin, and whats the penalty for the refs, none. They finned another player for the refs faults.

Yellowbellly
Yellowbellly

Gambling is alive and well amongst the NBA refs.  Too easy.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

im not at all a grizzlies fan, but the nba officiating is absolutely terrible the games are impossible to watch with all the stoppages in play,  and just inconsistency for determining what is a foul and what isnt.


The flopping, the superstar calls,  and the non stop arguing with officials from coaches and players from all sides...I wish the officials would wear some noise cancelling earphones to block out everything around them....why do they need to have any communication with the players or coaches....just call the game as you see it and dont listen to a word the cry baby players have to say.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

At least the refs aren't being paid off. That could never happen in the NBA. Wait...what?

PerezTheGreat
PerezTheGreat

What a p*ssy! Sore loser! Shut up, quit fouling and play the game! Just admit you team sucks! Enjoy your fine idiot!

eddie767
eddie767

Good for Z-bo. He doesn't complain much,but when he does it's for a valid reason. Harden basically had more ft attempts than Memphis as a team. Anyone,besides the refs have a problem with this. Not the NBA,since these refs will probably work the play offs and "fix" a series instead of a game. Whatever the fine his teammates should pay it,since they said nothing.

Davearcher76
Davearcher76

Nice to see Z-Bo is willing to stand-up for the team and accept the consequences. Perhaps Robert Pera will be willing to follow in the footsteps of Mark Cuban and weigh-in.

MattDeegan
MattDeegan

Good for ZBo, I know it will cost him so $ but when refs mess up and no one but fans say anything it goes unnoticed. When athletes complained about it justified or not, they bring ref performance to the limelight so that the league pays more attention so that mishaps will be punished.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@AleksandarSpasevski You should come checka my blog. Features awful English and grammar but I will spam this site till mamas cow comes home. 

davidsternisajoke
davidsternisajoke

@PerezTheGreat you OBVIOUSLY didn't watch the game and apparently have never watched an NBA game or care to pay attention to history...the NBA product has NEVER been worse and the entire sport has become a marketing scheme. a HUGE part of the problem is the gray area that seems to exist in almost every rule of the NBA game and the enforcement/lack of enforcement of these "rules". was randolph RIPPING officials? or just being courageous & pointing out the OBVIOUS-that the game was completely commandeered by the "officials"??? i commend him. 

RenoNoone
RenoNoone

@eddie767I've said it a thousand times before and I'll say it a thousand more times:


James Harden = Randy Orton


NBA = WWE

dtwin
dtwin

@MattDeegan I despise what the league has become.  Lower your head and charge toward the rim.  Get the call.  Go to the line.  James Harden is a good but not great player that the refs are making into a perennial all-star.  If nobody hits him he flops, gets the call, gets fined later, but the game is over and his team won.  Worth the fine.  Let's do it again.  Why has EVERY flop had to get called after the game is over and why has no ref ever seen a flop during the game?  Ever since the league turned Shaq, a player who couldn't dribble or shoot into a perennial all star and potential hall of famer by allowing him to stay in the lane for a week, commit multiple offensive fouls on nearly every offensive move, and to move both his pivot feet (yes, there should only be one), push off, and dunk, we have seen progressively lesser talented folks rule our great game.  Even LeBron, who doesn't need the help, now pushes off with his off hand more often than not.  But when Harden, an average shooter at best, is getting an additional 8-10 points per game on his scoring average due to the beneficent refereeing, it's a travesty of what was once our "beautiful" game.

wrath00
wrath00

@davidsternisajoke Are you kidding me? Did you miss the fact that Dwight Howard was on the bench for almost the entire second half? Are you telling me he fouls so much on a regular basis that he normally has 5 before the half? That game was called pretty evenly.. and if they don't like Harden getting that many free throws, then stop grabbing him while trying to hinder his shot. They were outplayed plain and simple. Better get used to it, because when the Rockets get healthy and trade their backup center for another good addition, they are going to be very tough to beat.

wrath00
wrath00

@dtwin@MattDeegan I didn't hear you complaining about what happened to Dwight Howard sitting on the bench at half time with 5 fouls. Harden is an average shooter? YEAH ,  right.... If Harden is a crappy shooter, then Zebo is the worst forward in the league.