Lakers coach fined for criticizing officials
Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton has been fined US$15,000 for public criticism of the officiating. NBA executive vice-president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine on Wednesday. It stems from comments Walton made following the Lakers’ 143142 overtime loss to the Spurs on Monday. The officials gave 38 free throws to San Antonio and just 26 to L.A., even though the Lakers outscored the Spurs 7450 in the paint. Walton said officials didn’t give the Lakers calls because they’re a young team.