Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl was fined Saturday by the NBA for criticizing the officials after the Nuggets loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Karl was fined $25,000 and former Nuggets’ point guard Andre Miller was dealt the same fine for criticizing the officials.
While many Nuggets fans were upset about Carmelo Anthony being called for a charge which disregarded his game-winning shot, Karl was more upset about what he considered ‘three phantom calls’ on center Nene in the third quarter.
Nene would later foul out of the game forcing Denver to play small ball.
Karl was critical of the officials and told Fanhouse’s Chris Tomasson that “there are so many things that, it’s just strange. Some of the things, it’s just strange sometimes. Nene I think is the probably No. 1 guy in this league (that doesn’t get respect from the officials, in Karl’s view). He got three touch fouls at the beginning of the third quarter. He had three fouls called on him. One that took away a dunk.’
Karl also said that Anthony’s last-second charging call could have gone either way.