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Phil Jackson Fined $35,000 For Complaining About Refs

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(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) – Just before what could’ve been the last game of his coaching career, Lakers coach Phil Jackson was fined $35,000 for comments about the officiating.

The NBA sent a release less than an hour before tipoff of Game 4 in the Lakers-Mavericks series on Sunday saying Jackson was being punished for statements made Saturday to 105.3 The Fan. He complained about officials allowing defenders to lift their legs and use their knees to shove big man Pau Gasol out of position.

Los Angeles went into the game down 0-3 in the series, facing elimination. Jackson has said he’s retiring after this postseason.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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