Kerr rips refs, gets hit with $25K fine

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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?”

Carmelo An­thony (Tow­son Catholic) matched his sea­son high with 31 points in a 104-94 win over the Hawks at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Knicks C Joakim Noah was sent home be­fore the game with an undis­closed ill­ness. ... The Pel­i­cans re­leased G Archie Good­win.

“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.

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