Phil Jackson Fined

59957065The NBA announced on Monday that Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson has been fined $35,000 for publicly criticizing game officials.

NBA Executive Vice President Stu Jackson made the announcement, referring to Jackson’s comments after the Lakers’ Sunday afternoon loss to San Antonio at STAPLES Center.

Jackson’s comments referred to events occurring late in the second quarter when Ron Artest and Manu Ginobili drew matching technicals, Artest a personal foul and finally Kobe Bryant a technical foul.

Jackson gave his team the day off from practice on Monday but will gather the troops on Tuesday in preparation for Thursday evening’s game in Denver.