Kerr rips refs, gets hit with $25K fine
The NBA announced Sunday that Warriors coach Steve Kerr was fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating during a radio interview Thursday.
Kerr went on KNBR 680 after the Warriors played the Raptors on Wednesday, and the topic got around to unpunished traveling, specifically a missed call on Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan.
“Speaking of which, did you enjoy the DeMar DeRozan foray to the rim last night?” Kerr asked. “How is it that everybody on earth can see these traveling violations except for the three people that we pay to do the job? I don’t get it. It’s bizarre.
“It’s a shame. Guys are getting away with murder out there. And fans see it. My favorite is when you see the visiting team travel and you see like a thousand fans in the background all doing the traveling signal with their hands. If those people saw it, how come the refs didn’t?”
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“Looked like a varsity versus JV at some times out there,” Turgeon remarked afterward, never more than during one sequence in the first half when Towson missed and recovered four shots, each rebound amplifying the groans from a late-arriving, half-filled Maryland student section.
In the end, there was a return to the status quo. Maryland bested Towson on the boards in the second half, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting came back to earth, the decibel level rose to Big Ten Conference levels, and Skerry, upbeat but upset, could only joke about a potential 14th meeting.
At the end of his postgame news conference, he motioned to Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson, sitting in.
“All right. Thanks, guys,” he told reporters. “I appreciate Mr. Anderson saying he’s coming up to SECU [Arena] next year.” He was kidding, of course, even though he wished he weren’t.